18th Century Stays

April – June 2009

These started off life as the JP Ryan “18th Century Strapless Stays.” I made some modifications based on the 1780s-90s patterns in Corsets and Crinolines. They’re half-boned with 1/4″ cable ties and have three pattern pieces in total. I added some curve to the front at the bust (a bit like the stays on p. 44). Made in coutil, they’re lined in broadcloth, and have a modern busk. I might make a “real” version someday. But these stays are perfect for fittings (easy to get on and off), and actually work well for costume events. I don’t drive in corsets. Without the lacing I can make a quick change in a parking lot in a matter of minutes.