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Past Patterns has a new pattern for 1790s stays — looks intriguing! After attending Mela Hoyt-Heydon’s class on what was worn underneath Regency gowns at last year’s Costume College, I am totally convinced that most women continued to wear 18th c. type stays into the 1790s, and into the 1800s for older/larger women.

Speaking of which, I’m contemplating making a new set of 18th c. stays. Has anyone tried the new Butterick 18th c. stays pattern? Should I just bite the bullet and draft one up out of Corsets and Crinolines?

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