Saturday, August 18, 2012

Finished dark brown stays!

So, I'm finished with the dark brown stays! I added the very last linen lining panel to them yesterday but we already took some pictures of the stays a couple of days ago. I've basically said everything I wanted to say about these stays in earlier posts so now it's just time for the photos. :)


In case you're wondering, the materials used were: dark brown cotton twill for the outer layers, linen for the inner layers and for the lining, white cotton twill tape for binding and 5 mm cable ties for boning. Also, there are four 7mm metal bones altogether, two in the front and two in the back.


By the way, these tabs were actually much more easier to bind than the more rounded ones, at least to me. I used twill tape for my stays for the first time and the binding part wasn't as hard as it has been before.



The edges of the back panels won't close as closely as they used to. After adding the lining the stays wouldn't stretch as much as before. Or then I just gained a little weight during the summer, which is very probable as well. Anyhow, I'm just happy the gap is even.


As you can see in the photo below, the stays won't lie completely flat on the floor.


I'm so relieved to have finished these stays, even if stays in general are lot of fun for me. It's just that I haven't had much time to sew anything else than stays this year. So I'm very excited to finally get started with some dresses very soon!

15 comments:

  1. So pretty, just like out of a museum! Well done.

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  2. Wow, these are epic! I am so impressed, and inspired to try some of my own. Thank you for sharing :-)

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  3. Beautiful! The perfect conical shape for the 18th century! Well done! :)

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  4. I can hardly wait for the robes you will add over these beautiful stays--well done!

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  5. Gorgeous indeed!

    I too have noticed that squarish tabs are easier to bind. And extant examples usually have that. :)

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  6. You are Epic!!! They are so lovely and so amazingly even, neat, well fitting and just plain fabulous. Wow

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  7. Gorgeous work! I'm about to start making yet another pair of stays (maybe this time the fit will be just right...) and your beautiful brown and blue stays have really inspired me. Can I ask you, do you use some specific pattern or do you draft your own?

    Costuming greetings from Vaasa,

    Noora

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    1. Hello there! The pattern is indeed my own but I based it on one of the stays in the book Corsets by Jill Salen. http://www.amazon.com/Corsets-Historical-Techniques-Jill-Salen/dp/0896762610 So nice to meet other costume folks from Finland! I'm definitely going to be following your blog... :) And I'm also happy to hear my stays have inspired you!

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    2. Thanks! I have to check out that book. Hope to meet you someday, somewhere, it would be lovely to see all those lovely costumes "live" :)

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  8. Hi! Sad to find out that most of your pictures ain't visible on your blog.

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    1. I'm sorry about that! I accidentally deleted the photos from the blog. But I will upload them back here eventually :)

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  9. Wow. just marvellous... love the seems details... and the color!!

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