Make these beautiful 17th-century stays!
Our late 17th-century stays (corsets) pattern is 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 pink stays in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the red satin stays in the Manchester Gallery of Costume, features a front-laced opening, stomacher, integral waist tabs and optional sleeves.
Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you've come to expect from Reconstructing History.
Suggested Fabrics: plain or twill weave linen or silk, lightweight silk or fine linen for lining, 5oz. linen for interlining
Notions: thread; 7mm or ¼" half oval or round reeds or ¼" corset boning; silk ribbon, cloth tape or leather for binding; wood or horn busk; corset lacing; ribbon or metallic braid trim to taste
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