|Stays and quilted petticoat, 18th Century, Metropolitan Museum of Art|
I started on my first set of stays this week, using Simplicity 3635 as my pattern. It has shoulder straps and spiral lacing, which makes it period-accurate enough for me - at least for my first attempt. I'm using light blue cotton broadcloth for the outer fabric, and unbleached muslin for the lining. Since the pattern calls for 30 yards of boning, I decided to look online to find the best price possible. At corsetmaking.com I found reed boning, which is also period-accurate.
|I ordered a coil of 1/2 inch flat oval reed.|
So far I have cut out the lining and the outer fabric.
|I was a good girl and placed the pieces correctly on the straight-of-grain.|