Regency Stays Done!!

I had a sewing date with on Saturday, and I finished up the binding on my regency stays. This means they are done! I tried them on, and I am happy with the fit.

Laid out flat:

Inside:

Cording:

Top of the busk pocket, where you can see the drawstring:

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So Close!

I am getting really close to finishing my regency stays. I finished the top binding last weekend, including putting in a drawstring. I’ve got the bottom binding all pinned on and ready to go. This has been a fun project, but I’m ready for the end now!

Rest of the eyelets on the back
Attach shoulder straps and make the four eyelets for those
Cut down the top and do the top binding (including inserting a drawstring)
Finishing the top of the busk pocket
-Bottom binding

Back to the Regency Stays

I took a break from these for a bit, but I went back to them last night. I really only have the binding and some finishing on the busk pocket. So I ironed the binding last night and started putting it on. I only got a little ways, but I’m excited about finishing these now, so maybe more progress will happen soon!

Shoulder Straps…

…are now attached!

What’s left:
Rest of the eyelets on the back
Attach shoulder straps and make the four eyelets for those
-Cut down the top and do the top binding (including inserting a drawstring)
-Finishing the top of the busk pocket
-Bottom binding

Getting There!

I have more progress to show on my regency stays! I have all the panels assembled, so I held them up to my body just to get a feel for how they will look. I’m excited!

What’s left:
-Rest of the eyelets on the back
-Attach shoulder straps
-Cut down the top and do the top binding (including inserting a drawstring)
-Finishing the top of the busk pocket
-Bottom binding

Before I had sewn on the last panel

I’ve got half the eyelets on the back done. The spots you see on the right are just marker dots.

Almost Done with the Front Panel…

I finished the decorative stitching on the front panel of my regency stays, and I tacked in the lining. Now I’m moving on to the side panels, which don’t have any cording, but do have gussets. Hopefully those won’t take so long. I haven’t sewn in the busk pocket, because I’m leaving that to do at the local sewing meet-up this Saturday.

I did have a scary moment last weekend when I dropped a glass of bright red cranberry juice near my stays. Luckily, it mostly landed on the lining, which I had yet to tack in. I just cut another lining from extra fabric I had. There was a small spot on one outside piece, but I was able to wash it off, and another spot in the seam allowance. Most of it got on the carpet, and it doesn’t show much because the carpet is dark brown. I’m going to stick to drinking water when I’m sewing!

More on the Regency Stays

I’m wondering if I should add some sort of design to the front panel. I left a space for one, but I wasn’t really sure if I was going to do it.

Here’s my idea, drawn out very crudely in MS Paint. Some sort of squiggly line in that space, in light blue thread. Should I do it? Maybe just use white thread?

I was thinking it would look a little like the squiggly lines on this extant example:

More Regency Stays Progress

I made a lot of progress over the weekend and the last few days. So here are some more pictures of the cording.

This was where things stood as of Sunday night:

And here is where I got to this morning, after washing off the marker lines:

And for good measure, here is the mild sewing explosion I made in our common room last weekend:

Regency Stays Update

I have been sewing the cording channels, and I am roughly halfway done with those on the front panel. Some pics of my progress over the past week below.

I began with the channels under the bust gussets.

More channels…. This pic was as of a couple days ago.

I also bought a skein of heavy linen thread from Wm Booth Draper, to use for the eyelets and such. The skein was way cheaper than the spools, and I have a swift for unraveling skeins of yarn, so I bought the skein. I rolled over three spools of thread!