The Challenge: #2 UFO
Fabric: Lightweight Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Past Patterns #001
Notions: Metal Grommets size #00, wooden busk from Hedgehog Handworks
How historically accurate is it? The pattern was taken from an original and came with detailed historical notes and instructions. I sewed it completely by hand, and my materials were very accurate. The only thing I'm not sure about are the metal grommets, as I don't think they were invented until the 1830s or so.
Hours to complete: Too many — for this challenge, it was only 2-3
First worn: Will be worn March 2013
Total cost: Approximately $40 (including pattern)
The corded stays are now much improved, and should be perfectly wearable. Here are some before and after pictures to show the changes I made:
It's much better, don't you think? I made all the changes I proposed in my previous post, the most important being a new busk and better strap placement. The bustline is more lifted and perky, which is essential for Regency dresses, and the straps stay up much better than before. I am not sure that I completely love these stays, even with all the changes I made — the shape through the bust still leaves something to be desired. However, they are much better than before and will provide a nice silhouette under clothing, which is all I really need them to do.
Speaking of which, today I started putting together my muslin dress (the whole reason I needed the stays). I'll post some pictures and details later. Stay tuned!