Corded Regency Stays

Front Inside
Cording Cording and Gusset

Click to enlarge. Top row left: outer view flat. Right: inside. Bottom row left: cording detail. Right: gusset.

Pattern: Pattern I took off of stays I purchased from Period Corsets and then modified
Fabric and Materials: Cotton sateen for the outer layer and lining, cotton coutil for the interlining, worsted cotton yarn for the cording, white spring steel boning, Gutermann cotton thread, Gutermann buttonhole twist
Blog Posts: Here

Inspiration Photos:

Click to enlarge. Left: c.1800 from the Kyoto Costume Institute. Right: c.1800 from a Christie’s Auction.

Notes: Begun in May 2009 and finished in August 2009. Entirely hand sewn. Main references were the Kyoto Costume Institute’s Fashion book and Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh.