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Approximate dates for these stays? [Jul. 30th, 2010|03:18 pm]
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Can anyone provide an approx date for these lovely stays?

Firstly, these at the Met museum, which only say 18th century on the info page

Also, how do you think the shoulder straps did up, as there are no lacing holes or anything. (you can zoom in to look more closely). Presumably these laced over the stomacher at the front - I'm a bit confused because that would make the centre back piece kind of weird looking to me, but otherwise it would be even weirder.

These ones from Ninya Mikhaila say "1700" on the page, but I'm not sure if she means actually the year 1700, or perhaps the 1700's more generally.

I'm trying actually to find stays from around 1680-1730, but the one's I like seem to all be from later on, so if you have a couple of links lying around to stays from this date, that would be handy.

Thanks! And I hope you enjoy the pics if you have not seen them before.

[User Picture]From: ravenrigan
2010-07-30 06:31 am (UTC)
Maybe they used pins? Quite a lot of clothing was fastened by pins in those days.

I have the RH Stays pattern and it's a bit of a nightmare to use, and the armscye does something VERY peculiar.

The last set of Stays I made we followed some instructions on converting Drea Leed's ECG into 18th Century Stays and that was much more successful. katexxxxxx did a write up of the process (we did it together) over on dressdiaries earlier in the year.
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