Category Archives: 1770s stays

Awww yeah I have stays

I was hoping to have these done at the end of February (ok and technically they aren’t lined yet), but I’m calling these DONE (for now…). Cause a robe a la francaise isn’t going to drape itself. Pictures, with my … Continue reading

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Draping straps

This was an exciting moment – the stays are finally enough put together for a first try-on. And you never know how any foundation garment will fit until you put it on for the first time. Eeeeee!!! These look awesome! … Continue reading

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Stays progress

Yeesh, radio silence for 2 weeks. Turns out stays involve a lot more work than I thought, and as you go it¬†looks like you are getting nowhere. To sew the pieces together, first I whipstitched the seams down using a … Continue reading

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Eyelets for days

Now that fitting is done, onto all the work that it actually takes to make stays. My stays are 2 layers of linen canvas, one layer of blue-green linen from my English Lady dress, and will be lined with whatever … Continue reading

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Stays fitting

TLDR; stays fitting is WEIRD. So I’m using this 1760s/1770s half boned stay pattern from La Couturi√®re Parisienne. First, printed out the pattern without changing the sizing at all. Using some math about how big the pattern waist was compared … Continue reading

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Stays time

So, the foundation of every garment must start with the..uhh..foundation garments. For 18th century, that means stays. Luckily, there are a whole lot of knowledgeable people on the internet who have made stays before, and I pored over their blogs … Continue reading

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