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November 14th, 2010

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04:00 pm - A very light pair of stays circa 1800
I plan to make a set of short stays based on this extant garment in the Abiti Antichi gallery. (Image is a link.)

Google translate has this to say about them (original description in Italian):
Bust short brown silk taffeta lining in ivory silk taffeta. The straps in brown silk taffeta, are lined with ecru canvas' and end with a final part in ivory goatskin.

The front part, closed by lacing (string original), and stiffened by thin horizontal and parallel brass springs inserted between fabric and lining.

Ref: bust 36

I don't know whether I will use 1/4" spring steels or simply cord the whole fronts. I've never heard of small brass springs used as stiffener, and I wouldn't begin to know where to find them. It appears there's a small decorative herringbone stitch outlining the back. I'm quite taken with how simple the style is - no gussets, minimal shaping.

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Date:November 15th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
This is a great find~ thankyou for posting it~ actually, the springs they are speaking are most likely the same ones used in very early garters from the last decade of the 18th c up to the 1820s. Kind of the first attempt at 'elastic' as we know of it today.
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Date:November 15th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
So, what would that look like?

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