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August 3, 2010
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Jan 15, 2001, 10:05:38 AM
Late 1790s stays by Janes-Wardrobe Late 1790s stays by Janes-Wardrobe
Two layers of linen canvas, cane boning, 41 hand worked eyelets, machine sewn but entirely finished by hand. The pattern is cut by me from Norah Waugh's 'Corsets and Crinolines'.

My mannequin is rigid, so the stays are slightly open. It's very low cut, probably doesn't even come to the nipples but it will allow for the extremely low cut fashions of the very late 18th century. I could probably have laced it tighter but as it's a commissioned piece I wanted it to be in perfect condition when it arrives.

When I get my PC back I will edit the photo's and post alternate views.
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CharlotteVale Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Ah! I can't wait to get started on my 1790's stays! they look so comfortable!
Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I have no idea - I've never actually worn this style myself - nothing to wear it with - time to make an 18th C costume formyself I think! :D
CharlotteVale Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
always a good plan! they look lovely! well done.
CridarlAlba Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
C'est une pièce magnifique, Jane!
Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Merci Sandrine :hug:
taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so envious of you - your binding looks so beautiful aroudn the edges! I just finished a different (I think?) corset from the same book (p 40, the half-boned stay) for myself, and I swear, all the hand marking/tacking/more hand tacking/boning channels etc etc took half the time that the darned binding around the bottom took :O

You are my hero for it looking so good, and not driving you batty (any tips? :faint: I think I've been obligated to make one for my mother, now, because she's really loving how my polonaise is coming along >__<)
Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thank you. (Good to see you back! :heart:) You're right it's a different corset to the one you just made, my protege has just finished making the same one as you [link]

I find marking and making the boning channels takes hardly any time at all compared with binding the tabs! and I thoroughly enjoyed making these stayes - even with 41 hand worked eyelets ;)

The best tips I can give is mark but don't cut the tabs until you are ready to bind them. Sew in all your boning channels then before inserting the boning see which bones you have to insert from the bottom. If you are going to hand work eyelets do it now. Then cut and shape the tabs and sew the bottom binding after inserting only the bones you can't insert from the top. Make the binding narrow - as narrow as you dare and do the hand finishing of the binding. I find it's much easier to sew the binding if there are fewer bones in the stays. There really is no better solution to neat binding than hand finishing.

Once you've got finished the bottom binding insert the rest of the bones and bind the top. Here's were it gets tricky - if there is any horizontal boning or bones that work diagonally across other bones make and sew tapes to the inside of the corset by hand - this is possibly even harder than the bottom tabs.

I've not had chance to look at any original stays to see how they worked the horizontal bones - it's possible that they have used three layers of fabric not just two but this method is working for me.
Jessica-in-Iowa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Me likes! I really like the 'flaps' (I'm sure they have a real name,I'm just lazy.) come down in desending order.
Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you, and yes, the 'flaps' are called tabs - so not very different ;)
Jessica-in-Iowa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Rad, I'll keep that in mind. :D
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