|Taken from Vintage Ads|
This one is higher up and more "bra" like. It has adjustable straps, made out of linen, and another fabulous button front. (Busks and I do not get along. Ever.)
Lest anyone think that the above are just anomolies and weren't really worn, here is a graphic from the Feb 1893 issue of the Delineartor.
Wholly practical substitutes for the ordinary long-waisted corsets, which cannot be worn with Empire gowns, are the Empire short stays, that are shaped according to pattern No. 4936, which costs 10d. or 20 cents.
So, no only was a fashion magazine making a pattern for them at the time, they were also suggesting against wearing an ordinary corset with the Empire waist fashions. Woohoo! (Although the run on sentence structure makes my eye all twitchy.)
I love the idea of short stays for a couple of reasons. One, I love Empire waist fashions. Two, I can drive in short stays for a long period of time. A corset? Not so much.
My plan, right now, is to make a pair of Victorian short stays and then make an 1890's Empire waisted dress.
For the dress, I have a few inspirational images.
|1892 Wedding Dress|
|1892 Afternoon Dress|