|18th Century Stays at the MET|
I've looked at the above stays for a while. I really, really like them and wanted to make a similar pair for at least a couple of years. Once my beat up old ones finally became completely unwearable and popped a seam, I got off my duff to make ones similar to the above.
|Front of my new stays|
My point on the stays is much broader than the extant pair. The front upper edge is curved - it's just hard to tell on this dress dummy. Like the original, I spiral laced the back.
I wore the stays this past weekend - although I hadn't finished binding the bottom edge fully- and they fit! I just really, really need to go get longer laces!