And realize that there’s no way I’m going to be getting to the hand sewn 18th c. outfit (stays, underpinnings, and Maja dress) until fall… and I really want to make something new for 18th c., and I want it to fit over my new stays shape. So I caved and decided to make a machine made, modern corset supplies version now, and that way I can decide if I really love it enough (or if it needs tweaking) before making the ultra-period handsewn version! Luckily, I have enough fabric to make 3 sets of stays, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting my lovely red silk damask. And, I can use the ivory petersham to bind it, and take my time trying to find some kind of silk taffeta ribbons that more closely resembles those used in the period for the handsewn version.
So I’m using two layers of corset coutil, and steel boning. I cut out and marked the pattern, which took one day, and then another day to sew the boning channels. I had a brief moment where I thought about repeating the technique of hand knotting all the machine-sewn stitches, then remembered how long it took me to do that on my 16th c. corset, and slapped some sense into myself.
I’ve since done all the eyelets — perfect handsewing for weekday evenings. Now I need to get off my butt and actually order the boning, which I’ve been dragging my feet about!