Blue Linen Stays

I’m a glutton for punishment. I always seem to have 10 projects going at once with no real idea of which one needs to be finished first. So even though my franciase is of the utmost importance, I also feel the need to make a natural form gown (for which I need a new corset of course and that’s a whole ‘nother post) and a new pair of stays.

So Thursday I got home and proceeded to plan out the stays. I used my Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques for the pattern and took the time to scale it up and cut it all out. I’m a little concerned because the mockup fit. That NEVER EVER EVER happens. I can’t get past the feeling that I’ve overlooked something major. Like it’s going to be too short. Or the front isn’t wide enough. But I cut everything out… The outer layer is blue linen, the guts are cotton drill, and the lining is probably going to be made of cotton scraps. I’m hand sewing the entire thing with white cotton thread.
Here are some pictures.
The stays in question
My workspace on the floor. I DO have a cutting table. Promise.
The pattern

My oh so technical drafting technique of little dots, counting lines on the cutting mat, and free form drawing with a blue pen.

Just one piece
The front pinned together!

The navy blue linen. I have a horrible tendency to make everything blue. I need to branch out into other colors. Like green… 🙂

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