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Written by Elisa Edgren
Elisa looks at the history of stays and discusses a few extant garments to see if any conclusions can be drawn on their construction.
Written by Astrida Schaeffer
A close up look at the construction and details of an absolutely classic pair of mid eighteenth century stays - including the pattern.
During the early 19th century the whalebone, reed and metal that are familar to us were set aside in favour of simple cording.
Written by Alison Kannon
Alison Kannon demystifies the construction and recreation of “bodies”, the stiffened supportive layer of clothing that later came to be called a corset or stays.
Written by Carmene Montbellian
Carmene guides us through making "a well-fitted corset made by every housewife or active woman who needs to move" from 1855.
Written by Izabela Pitcher
Izabela gives us a simple, yet accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers maximum fitting opportunities.
Written by Amanda Lerum Faulkner
There have always been pregnant women, and women nursing, but what they wore during these times is harder to know. Amanda investigates and makes her own.
Written by Hallie Larkin
Knowing how stays were really made allows us to imitate those techniques and produce an accurate garment. We study the genuine article in detail.
Hallie Larkin provides the pattern and sizing instructions, and walks us through period-accurate construction and replication of these authentic stays.
Written by Wendy Wildermoth
Wendy analyzes over 80 stays from 1790-1829 for fiber, colour, weave, length, opening placement, shoulder treatment, bust shaping, boning or cording.
Wendy puts her earlier research on transitional Regency stays into practice and reproduces a set of stays for herself, walking us through the fitting stages.