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Full size paper patterns for late 17th century stays (corsets) based on two extant English examples. View A, based on the stays in the Museum of London are fully-boned, five piece stays featuring an optional front busk, integral shoulder straps, back laced closure, and integral tabs at the waist. View B, based on the stays in the Victoria and Albert Museum, features a front opening, stomacher, integral waist tabs and optional sleeves. Fits busts 30½”-48″ and waists 23″-41″. All sizes included in one envelope. Embellishment suggestions included.
plain or twill weave linen or silk
lightweight silk or fine linen for lining
5oz. linen for interlining
Outer Material 1 yd at least 45″ wide
lining 1 yd at least 45″ wide
interlining 2 yds at least 45″ wide
sleeves (optional) 2 yds at least 45″ wide
7mm or ¼” half oval or round reeds or ¼” corset boning
silk ribbon, cloth tape or leather for binding
wood or horn busk
ribbon or metalic braid trim to taste
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