An attempt to make as exact, and historically accurate, of a recreation as I can — which also includes these related projects:
- 1775 maja costume
- 18th c. shift & petticoat
… except that I caved and first made a machine sewn, modern materials version (in red silk damask), then made an entirely 100% hand sewn version (in green silk damask).
The Fabric & Trim
1st pair: Stays made of corset coutil, covered in red silk damask. Boned with spring steel.
2nd pair: Stays made of one layer linen canvas, two layers linen/cotton fustian, covered in green silk damask. Boned with German Wissner plastic whalebone.
Based on an extant set of stays c. 1775-85 in the Worthing Museum, England, patterned by Lynne Sorge-English.
- Dorsey, S. “For Neatness, True Fitting, Shape and Fashion”: The Craft and Consumption of Stays in Eighteenth Century America. MA diss., University of Delaware, 2008.
- Sorge, Lynne. “Eighteenth-Century Stays: Their Origins and Creators.” Costume 32 (1998): 18-32.
- Sorge-English, Lynne. “’29 Doz and II Best Cutt Bone’: The Trade in Whalebone and Stays in Eighteenth-Century London.” Textile History 36 (1) (May 2005): 20-45.
- Waugh, Norah. Corsets and Crinolines. London: Batsford, 1954.