Glory Be!! They are finished! I had decided on Friday to put these unfinished things away for the weekend...but today the call of them was too strong. It started on the drive to church, this call. It was silent at first, but by the time worship was over, it was screeching in my ears. So....fine. When we got home, and I got everyone settled, I set about finishing them. And YEAH!! They are done done done!! And a bonus...can be entered into the Historical Sew Fortnightly hosted by the Dreamstress.
Here is my silly self wearing them. And the older I get the more pronounced the divot in the middle of my forehead gets....grrrrrr....and the suntan/burn that I have going on at present isn't helping much either! ACK!!!
Oh well...this is how I look in stays. Not too shabby!!
When I tried them on yesterday (after I had bound the top and bottom) I discovered that the arm pit area was way too high. So today I had the pleasure of removing the upper binding and cutting the dip a bit deeper. It fits and feels oh so much better!
I look like I'm a soldier in undies standing at attention. I promise you that I was very relaxed in this picture! hahahahahaha!!! Oh my goodness. You can see my Regency bosom shelf....Yeah!! Not a lot, but it is there!
Oh fun! In this picture there seems to be a bit of nipping in at the waist! What a happiness!
I was trying to get a closeup of the stays so ALL of my work on the cording channels could be seen. White has the same problem as black when being photographed. It doesn't like to be the center of attention and behaves badly! Oh well!
Challenge #13: Lace and Lacings
Fabrics: Cotton and Linen
Pattern: Past Patterns 001 1820-1840 stays
Notions: Steel boning, jute, white embroidery floss
How Historically Accurate Is It?: Not too awfully sure...I did copy the pattern pretty closely which was taken from an extant garment. The steel stays are not HA, but I need the support! :-)
Hours To Complete: 55 or more....ACK!!!
First Worn: Not yet
Total Cost: Not sure....under $30.00