Jenny La Fleur
please let this be the last time! - Jenny La Fleur
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please let this be the last time!

I spent this evening working on the stays. I cut the outer fabric, sewed the seams, inserted the boning and basted the edges to keep it all in. In other words, I have the stays to the handwork stage. Next up are the eyelets and whip-stitching the side seams down. Oh yes a finial fitting and the binding, when that arrives. (My Wooded Hamlet order has been on backorder. mreh)

I have two “tips” this evening:
1 – when your stays involve tabs, cut only the lining layer’s tabs. Sew the lining & outer layers together, baste around the tabs, Then cut the outer tabs (using the lining as your template). I did that this second time around and it was much easier to baste the tabs with one piece uncut, as they didn’t want to move so much. It came out much neater too.

2 – If your stays involve horizontal boning, wait to insert is until all other machine stitching is complete. Trying to machine baste the back panels, with the horizontal in place was a serious pain in the butt. If I hadn’t already planned to attach all the binding by hand, tonight would have convinced me to do so. Wrestling with an independently minded pair of stays while trying to sew around a tabbed bottom is an experience I hope to avoid repeating. Not my idea of fun.

You know I think I’ll skip starting the eyelets tonight. I’m anxious to get them done so I can try the stays on but I’m ready to hit the sack. I think this is the thing I hate the most about corset making. You get to the point where it looks like a corset but you can’t try it on until you sew the eyelets. Suddenly unbidden thoughts of a deformed and ugly finished product flood one’s mind.

I’m trying not to be too stressed but I am concerned about the fit of these wretched stays. I noticed a few things as I was sewing tonight that are a cause for concern. I have little fear of changing/altering patterns but I’m not good at anticipating how those changes affect other areas of the garment. That gets me into trouble a lot. I do not want to redo any part of these stays. One re-do is okay, a little fudging is fine but I’ve reached my limit on this project. I’m ready to move on. **crosses fingers real tight* This time had better work or I may have to steal a pair of stays from somewhere. :>


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From: misscrabtree Date: September 30th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Well, everything does look ok so far. Know you must know how I felt making the Mantua Regency Stays, it was one crazy mess after another. Drove me to tears. IMHO corsets and stays are the worst part of making an outfit...wish sometimes to go straight to the dress making stage.

Im sure the stays will come out ok.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 1st, 2004 06:39 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the encouragement. :> Oh, definitely know how you feel. I went through the same thing with the first Titanic corset. That was the worst, so far. Of course it was also my first corset.

I like making the foundation garments... the second time around. The first time is always painful in some way. I am really looking forward to the day when I have foundation for every favorite period so I can just make a new frock & bonnet, not the whole enchilada!
From: misscrabtree Date: October 1st, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (link)
Jenny, I need your home address again. LOL when I redecorated my computer room and put important papers (addresses, etc) in a safe place. Now I cant find anything...typical of me. My MS email program has gone bonkers today so please send it to my gmail account.

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 1st, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Done! :>
jennil From: jennil Date: October 3rd, 2004 07:56 am (UTC) (link)
I'm crossing my fingers that they will be a perfect fit! They look fantastic so far! Someday I'll get the guts to try drafting up one of those patterns from C&C. . . But not until, like, 40 more "to do" items are done from my sewing list, LOL! By the way, I love the contrasting stitching! There are stays in "Fashion In Detail" that are red with white stitching that I want to make someday - mine will have white binding too - can't remember if the ones in Fashion In Detail have white binding or not. . . *makes mental note to pull that book out today to see. . .*
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 4th, 2004 06:04 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Funny, you should mention those. The Fashion in Detail red stays were my original inspiration (yes they do have contrasting binding). In the end I didn't care for the white stitching with such big channels, so it will be on the inside. Someday I do want to make one just like that red one though!
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