|When binding them I did wonder why I thought it was a good idea to make man, narrow tabs...|
But the linen canvas and the plastic whalebone provides good enough support and I think they are rather pretty. I was inspired by these stays:
|For the broader strip of leather under the arm, Stays 1780-89.|
|For the horizontal mock-lacing in the front, stays 1780-95.|
The Challenge: #4, Underneath it All
Fabric: Brown linen for the top layer and linen canvas for the bottom layer.
Pattern: Self drafted, but heavily influenced by stays in Jill Salen's Corsets.
Year: C. 1780
Notions: Yellow buttonhole thread for the boning channels and lacing holes, plastic whalebone, chamois leather for the binding and some yellow ribbons for the lacing.
How historically accurate is it? Well the pattern is quite correct and the linen and chamois leather. However, the boning channel are made by machine as my hands can't handle sewing them. The binding are made by hand, though.
Hours to complete: No idea.
First worn: For these photos.
Total cost: Don't know. The linen canvas, the chamois leather and the plastic whalebones were from my stash and I have forgotten how much the brown linen cost.