Well, for better or worse the silver stays of doom are finally done.
They continued their inclination to bad luck through the last few steps. As I was working the eyelets they got sparkling apple juice splashed on them. Luckily it didn’t stain the linen, but liquid is very bad for kid leather, so I think I’m going to have to replace part of the binding at some point.
And then, after all the fuss about loosing the shoulder straps and having to cut a new pair, once I got all the eyelets worked and was finally able to try the thing, on the shoulder straps just didn’t work very well. So all that perfect, painstaking hand stitching got unpicked, the back got cut down just a little and I now have strapless stays.
Without the shoulder straps tying in pretty bows in front, the front has little visual interest, so I felt the need to lace it with fancy ribbon. Of course, this means I can only unlace it via the back, which means I worked all those extra eyelet holes for nothing!
And I messed up my measurements on the eyelet holes, and didn’t stagger them enough, which means that the top of the stays and bottom of the stays are mis-aligned
And the final insult of the stays is that they are tighter up top than in the waist, which never happens to me. I’m thick waisted and small busted! It must be the new boning pattern – it’s amazing what a difference that can make. But they will fit lots of people very well, and they are quite comfortable, and I really did make them for models to wear, and…at…least…they…are…DONE.
But my next pair of stays is going to be back lacing only, and intentionally strapless, and as easy as possible!
All in all, the process was dreadful, but they are quite beautiful on Isabelle the dress form, and I think I may be starting to love them.
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