In 1765 a stay maker advertised "cork stays, whale-bone stays, jumps, and easy caushets, thin boned Misses' and ladies' stays, and pack thread stays." Denis Diderot illustrated a support garment with tie-on sleeves that he called a "corset." The photos shown here of the extant examples with tie-on sleeves are owned by Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien and Kyoto Costume Institute.
Ours are partially boned with straps and meant to be worn with sleeves as an informal, or at-home, working garment; not for city wear. Without the tie-on sleeves they are always worn under your gown or jacket. The advantage of working with sleeves is that one is cooler without the heat that comes from the extra jacket layer; a great thing in the heat of the summer.
They are made with two layers of sturdy cotton canvas, plus your choice of one or two layers of decorative fabric, front and/or back laces, bound in light weight suede, are reversible, have tie-on sleeves and are very comfortable. Every precaution and method of construction is employed to ensure that boning will never puncture the fabric, however it is not guaranteed. In addition to plain linen, homespun check and duck colors, our current stock of blues, creams, greens, reds and tans are also shown.
Order by even bust measurement from 36 to 48 (NOT bra size). If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size and add optional back lacing, which results in the most flexible fit. Stays will reduce your bust and waist by about two inches as shown on the table below. Finished waist measurement is determined by the bust measurement. Any differences are accommodated by the laces. Center fronts and back can be laced edge-to-edge or have up to a 2" gap for a good and appropriate fit.
Upon receipt of your order we will contact you via email for colors and fabric choices.
ORDERS FOR STAYS CANNOT BE CANCELED, SINCE WE BEGIN PROCURING MATERIALS AND WORKING ON YOUR STAYS IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR ORDER.
Size 36 can reduce the bust no smaller than 34" and the waist no smaller than 28".
Size 38 can reduce the bust no smaller than 36" and the waist no smaller than 30".
Size 40 can reduce the bust no smaller than 38" and the waist no smaller than 32".
Size 42 can reduce the bust no smaller than 40" and the waist no smaller than 34".
Size 44 can reduce the bust no smaller than 42" and the waist no smaller than 36".
Size 46 can reduce the bust no smaller than 44" and the waist no smaller than 38".
Size 48 can reduce the bust no smaller than 46" and the waist no smaller than 42".
18th C Partially Boned Stays w Tie-on Sleeves
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