Jenny La Fleur
the proud owner of bright green stays - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
the proud owner of bright green stays

The stays are finished! Woo hoo! You are reading the entry of a very happy little girl. I finally a pair of 18th century stays! I’ve only been wanting to make/wear some for 5 years or so. :>

The binding is the pre-packaged single fold bias tape you find at Jo Anns. I'm too lazy to make my own and this was just laying around the house longing to be used. The ribbon at the straps is some 7mm silk ribbon I found in my old ribbon embroidery stash. *sigh* I love silk ribbons. I’m not sure when I will have “official” pics of me wearing the finished stays. Maybe when I wear them for my next fitting. Or I may wait until I actually dress up in the outfit, whenever that is. Pics with the proper shift and my hair done sound worth waiting for. Well, here are pics on Narcissa for now…

Oh yes and some pics from yesterday evening of the binding pinned on. Ouch! I tried to be careful but I do have scratches on my hands, arms and legs from all those pins. *overly dramatic sigh* How I suffer for my art!

*much giggling*


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From: floorlamps Date: October 16th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (link)
O, your suffering suffuses me with sympathetic woe...

Hurrah for you! They look great!

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 16th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC) (link)
You are so precious!

From: misscrabtree Date: October 16th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Very nice, applauds. The white ribbon is a very nice outer contrast to the green stay material. Maybe I missed it somewhere, (been a long shopping day) did you hand sew the binding or machine sew?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 16th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)
*curtsies* Thank you. :>

The binding was all by hand, that's why it took me all day. I really love the control of hand sewing that sort of thing. Besides, it's a tidier finish. Besides, I figured between wrestling with the tabs and the horizontal boning, it would be faster in the long run. By machine, I would have ended up picking out as much as I put in I'm sure. :>
miss_margaret From: miss_margaret Date: October 17th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Very nice! I hate sewing things like that that require so many pins. It gets painful after a while.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 18th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, particularly when they are stuck in fabric that doesn’t flex. Like shark's teeth! I managed to prick myself good a few times but I didn't get any blood on the stays. Pretty impressive huh? LOL! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: October 18th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (link)
*gasps* You're tempting me!! I must not stray from the Buttercup gown!! :p

On a more serious note, these stays are lovely--the looks so... period! :) Great job, girl! Can't wait to see them in person. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 18th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC) (link)
No, you mustn't stray from the peanut butter dress!! Sorry about that. *bad Jenny* :P

Thanks! I'm so glad I used the green now! :>
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