Elisa looks at the history of stays and discusses a few extant garments to see if any conclusions can be drawn on their construction.
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.
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A utilitarian but essential part of the Medieval wardrobe, researched and recreated on a modern body.
The history and construction of lower hose: netherstocks, stockings, and boot-hose. Then we'll drape, pattern and sew our own with a combination of machine and handstitching.
Two questions and a short story on the Letters page this month: how to make a set of the 1660 watered silk stays from the V&A, alternative lacing and where to find colored eyelets, a short story from 1913.