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17th Century Stays and Boned Bodices

Elisa looks at the history of stays and discusses a few extant garments to see if any conclusions can be drawn on their construction.

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Recreating Elizabethan Bodies

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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Perfect Binding

Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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14th Century Cloth Hosen

A utilitarian but essential part of the Medieval wardrobe, researched and recreated on a modern body.

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16th-17th c Hosen & Stockings

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.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

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.

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