After recovering from the horror of the sun-bleached fail of my discount bin Danskin Cotton Blend tights, I still had to get dressed for class, and quick-like, so grabbed these guys, the Danskin Womens UltraSoft Convertible Backseam Tight.
Same as the hipster tights. You know how I feel about that.
Threw these tights on, thinking, “I’ll straighten the seams when I get there.” Realized once I got to the studio that there is no straightening the seams once they are on. Pretty much the only thing to do is take them off and put them on again, carefully. Which I did.
Did this lessen my enthusiasm for seamed tights?
I love these things!
So excited to wear these tights!
All my fave ballerinas in old black&white ballet portraits have seamed tights AND NOW I DO TOOOOOOOOO!
A lot of people have mentioned that if your turn-out is not amazing, these tights will look bad. My turn-out is not amazing. I still love the look of these tights.
Also, I think it’s hilarious that they exist. I mean, back in the day the seam was actually a seam. Like, it was necessary, it made the shape of the stocking. Because silk doesn’t stretch like ultra soft microfiber, it requires actual shaping via a seam that curves in at the back of the knee and out at the calf and tapers to the ankle and ends in a recognizable foot shape.
Nowadays that seam is just an added thick row in the knit.
Just for that ye olden ballerina look.
I love that what was once a functional construction detail has been retained as an aesthetic feature.
That’s so neat you guys!
Sewing Nerds, can I get a what-what?!
The waist is woven in, just like the hipster tights, but at the natural waistline. It is super comfortable and smooth. It calls itself “no-roll comfort waistband”, so apparently that is code for woven as opposed to “sewn-on no-roll comfort waistband”, which is code for elastic.
Today I learned.
The opening of the convertible foot on these is just a simple overlock, unlike the hipster which has a bound opening at the foot. Not sure why the difference.
It’s nice to have less business going on under the foot, but I do feel like I have to be careful to not rip the opening, so that’s the trade off.
Nice soft strong stretchy weight, nice and matte.
Fiber content is 88% nylon, 12% Lycra
I absolutely love these tights. They are beautiful. I feel great in them.
So what do I do?
Oh, you know, just put them in a little lingerie bag and washed them along with my brand new never-washed black tights and of course the black dye washed out and transferred onto my beautiful ballet-pink tights and WHY AM I SO STUPID????
I totally should know better. I do know better. Ugh.
Anyway, so now I have a pair of (previously beautiful) mottled grey-pink back seam convertible tights soaking, to be washed again, hopefully some of the black dye will come out but I don’t think they’re ever gonna look fresh and pink again.
At best they’ll look Legit Dancer, maybe with a pair of ripped legwarmers and some threadbare slippers with knotted elastic.
Full disclosurez: Danskin contacted me after I wrote all these silly tights reviews and set me up with an affiliate account. Which means that the tights link up there goes to the Danskin catalog, and if you happen to buy these tights through that link I’ll get a little commission eventually. Just wanted to emphasize though, this post was not sponsored or encouraged or paid for, it was totally written out of my own nerdy delight in new discount-bin tights, and then after the fact this affiliate thing happened.