Tuesday, February 21, 2012

50% Backstitch Completion!

I've finally done all the channels on one side of my stays.  Of course, now it's second-sock syndrome and doing the other seems like a kind of torture, but still - halfway there.


I originally cut the front too high - or the rest of it too low (but I'm short-waisted so it worked out all right for me).  Not sure how it happened.  But it was an easy fix!  These don't have a lot of boning, unlike the stays most people make, but these are a reproduction of a pair at Cherry Hill, so I'm pretty sure it's period.  The curved channels ought to straighten out and overlap with the addition of boning, but I might need to take out the stitching and make the curve more gradual.

The construction method's a bit different and I'm going to do a post on it later.  I think it works pretty well!

5 comments:

  1. Looking great! I've definitely seen several extant pieces with "half" boning or other arrangements of fewer bones, so I think you're right--it's period. Can't wait to see your construction method! I'm on my third pair of stays with third construction method, so I'm always excited to learn more!

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    1. I'll feel so silly if it's one you already know! I've never come across it online, probably because it works best with only two layers and no fashion fabric and most people want moderately attractive stays.

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  2. Exciting! I know the feeling about a second half of a project though. So bleh!

    And what Rowenna said about half-boned stays - totally accurate, lots and lots of examples of it, especially in the later half of the 18th century.

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    1. The ones I've seen have been a lot more fashionable, though, and usually have that more rounded shape and a different boning pattern. TBH, though, I suspect that it's because the ones in the big museums tend to be nicer in general, and if I tried more house museums I might find more working stays with this configuration.

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  3. Good luck with the other side! I know how the second half is always the more painful...

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