|Reed for boning, unbleached linen, twill tape ... ready!|
I explained how the cardboard mockup gave me severe cramping across my lower back and hips. I’ve wondered, with my history of back issues (an injury at age 15 made chiropractic care a near necessity over the years), how much of wearing stays was the 18c way of dealing with chronic pain, since at that point they were as much about support as shape, especially among working classes. Infants and children wore specially made stays as well, because society during that era believed that developing bodies needed the support.
|Inside of the stays...center is front|
|Outside of stays|
|Lacing holes--I've hand stitched the edges of one, but not the others!|
|Pattern for pockets, and other goodies|
|Pattern for cap|