Portfolio: 1770s Red Cotton and Linen Stays

The Idea and Inspiration:

A pair of simple, everyday stays from the 1770s, when cotton first became common as a fabric in Europe

The stays were based on the 1750s stay pattern from Jill Salen’s Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques.

I took some inspiration from this pair of 1760s-1770s stays from the Kyoto Costume Insitute:

Fabric and Materials:

Heavy cotton fabric in muted red, tea-dyed trim, plastic whalebone (cable ties) and german plastic boning.

The Dress Diary:

The toile and cutting the fabric.

A review and discussion on dating the stays.

Problems with boning.

Boning the stays.

The first try on.

A review of the stays.

The finished stays!

The stays over a shift.

Wearing the stays under a robe a la francaise.


Salen, Jill.  Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques.

Stay silhouettes

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