I forgot to mention that I knit another pair of garters and roadtested both pairs at cc27. They worked well! Effectiveness did vary by type of stocking. My light weight silk and cotton stockings held up really well, with no sankles (saggy ankles), but my heavy cotton stockings still fell a bit. I’m knitting another pair in some rose colored wool from the stash. And I’ve got some bright pink wool too….
Tonight I’m going to wash my fabrics for my new regency stays and try to draft a version with shorter gussets, following Dawn Luckham’s suggestion. I think it’s possible, but worst case scenario is I stick with the longer gussets. Hrrrrmmm…. Oh, and I need to go to the bank to get quarters for the laundry machines.