|Here they are, finally finished!|
These took a little longer than I expected, I'd forgotten how long it takes to sew that much bias tape on. Here are some more pictures of the construction.
|A bias tape maker making bias tape. These things are awesome.|
|Bias tape being sewn on the shoulder straps.|
|Tabs without binding. They look messy.|
|Tabs with binding. Much better.|
|The stays and the blue petticoat made from the same sheet that I lined the stays with.|
I made a silly mistake while binding the armholes. Here it is.
As you can see, I used metal eyelets. Yes, I know they're wrong for the 18th century, but my hand sewn eyelet attempts failed miserably. Maybe it was the 2 layers of canvas, or maybe my awl wasn't thick enough. Whatever the reason, I couldn't get them bigger than a pinhole.
|The hole punch that came with the eyelets was super blunt, so all the eyelet holes were cut out with thread scissors.|
|Here are the stays from the front.|
|From the back. I just added "back too low" to the list of problems with this shift.|
|And from the side. Sorry about the elbow, I can't raise my arm any higher in these.|
|Here is my drawing of the line diagram.|
|And here is a picture of the stays, taken from the same angle as the line diagram.|
The challenge: #3 "Under it all"
Fabric: Less than 1 meter of purple cotton for the outside, from stash.
Less than I meter of pale blue cotton for the lining, also from stash, they were left over from a petticoat that was made from a sheet.
About 2 meters of canvas for the interlining, I don't know exactly how much because they were in odd shapes. Also from the stash.
Yellow cotton for the binding, I bought 1.5 meters but only used a tiny fraction of it.
Pattern: Diagram XXIX from page 152 of Cut Of Women's Clothes 1600-1930 by Nora Waugh. "Corset of Lady Hamilton" From the Victoria and Albert Museum, according to the book anyways, I still can't find it in their collections.
Year: 1790s, I'm using it for late 1780s too.
Notions: 8 zip ties, 48 eyelets, and some cord that I took from my other stays.
How historically accurate is it? The pattern is accurate, the materials and method of construction are not, although the godets and binding are hand sewn.
Hours to complete: Approximately 44.5
First worn: February 3rd 2013
Total cost: About $ 8.00, for the eyelets and zip ties. I'm not going to calculate the minuscule cost of the binding.
These stays were tedious, but not too difficult to make. I only hit my thumb two or three times while hammering in the eyelets, far fewer than when I made my first pair. This is a good pattern, I'm surprised at how well they work with only 8 bones. They fit quite well. The only problem with the fit is that they curve out a bit to far at the top front.
I'm not done the challenge yet though, I'm making a whole set of undergarments for this era. Right now I'm working on a bum pillow, which should be done relatively soon.
Update: See? cheap Easter candy!
|Cadbury mini eggs against the lining. A remarkably similar colour scheme.|
|And there are eggs that match the outside fabric too!|