- Written by California, USA
Early 1800's Long Stays
My Regency stays are created using the Manuta Maker 1800-1820 Regency Stays pattern. Initially I followed the pattern exactly with only adjustments for fitting, but after viewing extant early 1800's stays in a museum exhibition, I realized my strap placement at the back should be improved. I took apart my stays and "draped" the straps on my dress form for improved accuracy and comfort. Overall, I am quite pleased with the silhouette and support these stays provide!
The cording pattern is my own design, inspired by various extant stays and other costumer's creations.
My aspiration was to create a period-correct silhouette to enhance my Regency gowns, but I did use non-period materials (coutil, steel bones & brass eyelets) because the materials are readily available and I wanted to ensure they would be sturdy and survive many nights of dancing. I also chose cross-lacing instead of spiral lacing for ease of dressing myself. As I am not using these stays for reenactment purposes, I feel that these are acceptable modifications.