Late 1780s Pink Linen Stays

A pair of front lacing late 1780s stays, made from pink linen.


Inspiration & Resources

Useful Books & Links Waugh, Norah. Corsets and Crinolines. Routledge, 1990.

Salen, Jill. Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques. Costume and Fashion Press, 2008.

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Pattern Referencing multiple pairs of extant stays, I used the scaled patterns for the 1790 brown jean corset on page 23 of Jill Salen’s Corsets and the late 1790s stays on page 44 of Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh to create a base pattern with the seamlines and proportions I wanted, then adjusted it to fit my body.

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Late 1780s Pink Linen Stays

Late 1780s Pink Linen Stays

When I decided to take my first Burnley and Trowbridge workshop last year, I knew I wanted a new pair of stays. M my older stays didn’t fit my body as nicely as before, and I knew I would need something more comfortable to wear during the three days of fittings. Also, I wanted to experiment with a later style of stay. Inspired by several extant examples of pale pink and beige stays from this period, I decided to make a mid to late 1780s pair with front lacing and wide curved front piece using some lovely linen from my stash.