This was my first attempt at making 18th century stays. There were a few issues with the fit, but so far they seem to be working and I’m very pleased with how they turned out. I decided to use a book to make the pattern, but I changed the design a little. It was a good experience, and I’m sure I’ll make more sometime in the future.
– Custom changes to Corsets & Crinolines, by Nora Waugh (page 39, 1730-1740).
– Outer Fabric: Shot silk. “Marine” color (blue and yellow orange).
– Two interior Layers: White bottomweight canvas.
– No lining.
Other Materials Used:
– Boning: Cable ties, various lengths.
– Binding (top & bottom edges): White store-bought bias tape.
– Regular thread (machine stitches on boning channels and connecting each of the 10 panels and 2 straps together; hand sewn eyelets, binding, and seam finishes).
– Ribbon (for the ties and spiral lacing).
Hand and machine sewing.
Here are my blog entries that mention 18th century stays:
– Main Entry.