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1780's stays reproduction,  after a Norah Waugh pattern.  Can be worn reversed.  Printed cotton voile, coutil interlining,  chintz lining.  Spring steel and spiral boning. Cotton bias binding. Costume maker: Angela Mombers.

1780's stays reproduction, after a Norah Waugh pattern. Can be worn reversed. Printed cotton voile, coutil interlining, chintz lining. Spring steel and spiral boning. Cotton bias binding. Costume maker: Angela Mombers.

Click to discover 18th C. Corsets

Click to discover 18th C. Corsets

Back view, woman's stays, France, c. 1750. Multicolor silk brocade.

Back view, woman's stays, France, c. 1750. Multicolor silk brocade.

Working class stays 1740s-60s: Front lacing meant that the wearer would be able to dress herself and could alter the fit of the stays by increasing or decreasing the gap across the stomacher. All levels of society wore stays but the stays of the lower classes might be made more flexible or more easily fastened, particularly if the wearer had to dress herself. The cheapest stays were made of leather that was scored with a knife to give it more flexibility.

Working class stays 1740s-60s: Front lacing meant that the wearer would be able to dress herself and could alter the fit of the stays by increasing or decreasing the gap across the stomacher. All levels of society wore stays but the stays of the lower classes might be made more flexible or more easily fastened, particularly if the wearer had to dress herself. The cheapest stays were made of leather that was scored with a knife to give it more flexibility.

Lacing your corset

Lacing your corset

18th Century Corset Tutorial

18th Century Corset Tutorial

Beautiful style.... 18th century inspired stays made by Madame Sher. | Pre-Victorian Bodies and Stays

Beautiful style.... 18th century inspired stays made by Madame Sher. | Pre-Victorian Bodies and Stays

This is my new dream corset, and what I think will be my next sewing project!!

This is my new dream corset, and what I think will be my next sewing project!!

1770s stays (pattern and tutorial) by melyssax

1770s stays (pattern and tutorial) by melyssax

Robe à la Française, 18th century, Les Arts Décoratifs [I just love how the simple white fabric makes it look almost modern!]

Robe à la Française, 18th century, Les Arts Décoratifs [I just love how the simple white fabric makes it look almost modern!]