Thursday, January 05, 2012

Time for New Stays

It’s a new year and it’s time for a new pair of stays. You may remember my current pair that I made back in 2009.


These stays have served me well over the past few seasons, but it’s time for a new pair. My body has changed the bust area and this pair just doesn’t do their job well anymore.

So, I have been researching and pouring over my books to find a new pair that I think will suit me. Corsets, by Jill Salen, seems to have the perfect pair for my body shape.


This pair. They are classified as jumps, due to minimal boning, but the pattern and shape are exactly what I am looking for.


The exciting thing about this particular pair is that they are already my size. The pattern will only need minor adjustments. I have found that using historical patterns are much more successful for my body size and shape than using modern patterns, like JP Ryan and S and S. Hopefully this set of stays will prove to be similar.

On a side note, if you don’t already own Corsets Historical Patterns and Techniques, you need to get it. It is AMAZING!!!! It is full of stays and corsets from multiple eras as well as patterns taken from each pair. There are also detailed instructions on a few pairs that walk you through how to construct them. I can’t praise this book enough!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a lovely day :)

God Bless!

Love Lauren

6 Witty Sentiments:

Green Martha said...

This particular pattenr is amazing. I have made it, and have seen my friend Heileen make it. We're very different body types and it works for both of us. And they're the comfiest stays I have ever made by far !

Kleidung um 1800 said...

Exciting! What a lovely choice! Can't wait to see the progress on this project! I'm very fond of the book by Jill Salen, too, though I've never tried one of the patterns, yet.

Oh and after trying out patterns from various books with period patterns (measurements), I can second what you've said about the way they fit in comparison to modern patterns.


Sarah said...

I am super excited to see how these are going to come out! And thanks for the book recommendation. That is one I haven't seen yet and have been hearing all kinds of good things about. I think it needs to go on my "if you love me you will buy this for me" list for David. ;)

Isis said...

Stays are alwayf fun! I look forward to see your new ones! And yes, that book is great!

Angela said...

Great. I look forward to your progress and notes on how to get them done. I need a pair for late 18th century and regency and I am full busted as well. Thanks for inspiring us.

Sandra Brake said...

You've convinced me! I've just ordered Corsets Historical Patterns and Techniques. : )