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effigy stays pics

Umm... no sewing the last few days to speak of. I've been busy with headaches, work, family projects and other distractions of the everyday life sort. I'm still waiting for my replacment reed to arrive, hopefully today or tomorrow. In the meantime I thought I would post pics of my effigy stays progress since I haven't done that yet.

My ghetto toile, made from two layers of old sheets with temporary lacing strips and steel boning held on with masking tape. I prefer back lacing stays to I changed my stays accordingly. The front is seamed (not cut on the fold) and I put a slight curve in the center front to echo the more natural shaping I'm seeing in some of the 1560-1570 Venetian gowns. I used my Diderot stays as a guide.

The stays in progress. I used a heavy raspberry cotton twill that I have loads of (yes, you've seen it here before in interlinings etc). Because I'm not feeling particularly particular about these stays (never am the first time I make a new style), I cheated and used a sharpie marker to transfer the marks for the tabs etc. Turns out the fabric is so dark you don't really notice the marks anyway unless you are really looking for them.

I have some leftover baby pink bias tape from the Candy Stays that I'm going to use on these stays so I decided to sew the channels with baby pink thread as well. Contrasting thread seems to be period correct and it makes sewing, especially at night, so much easier on the eyes. Besides, it's purrdy! I've keeping the boning layout simple, following the Tudor Tailor pattern and the Arnold effigy stays article in Costume as my guide.

Here are the stays as is, in all their partially boned glory. I'm really eager to get it boned, eyeleted and laced up to see if it fits as well as I think it does.


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unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: August 14th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC) (link)
I beleive that the effigy stays actually have a curve (or at least a bend) in the front. I took the pic from Nora waugh and put it in photoshop. Tracing over the boning lines and placing it vertical gives this:
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 15th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC) (link)
The Tudor Tailor version only has a very slight curve, so I curved it a bit more. I'm waiting to try it on but I might curve it even more still...
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: August 16th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC) (link)
I think it partly depends on your shape, and partly depends on what country/period you are going for. I think Elizabeth was fairly slender, and English dresses of that period tend to go for maximum curve suppression, even for obviously curvy women. German dresses of the same period have a lot more curve in the bosom. So much so I'm thinking that corded stays might give more of the correct shape. I'm hoping the effigy stays I made my roommate for her German dress will soften up and mold to a bit more curve when broken in.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: August 14th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC) (link)
That's going to be eye-popping beautiful. Keep at it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 15th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC) (link)
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: August 14th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC) (link)
I think your ghetto toile is brilliant! I think I'm going to start putting boning in mine with masking tape. So smart!

Also, I love your color combo. What is it about costumers that causes us to create the most outrageous, yet utterly perfect color schemes?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 15th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! I can't take credit, I saw the masking tape boning somewhere in my internet journies so long ago now I have no idea where. It is a great idea though, very helpful and easy!

I'm digging the color combo too - thanks! It's because we are made of awesome of course!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 16th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (link)
So pretty! I love that raspberry color!
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