First, a bit of whining: I’m incredibly uninspired when it comes to these stays. I very much understand now why there were two separate and distinct professions; those who made stays, and those who made clothing. I am very, VERY much not a person who makes stays, or any sort of shaping garment.
I haven’t been this close to tears over a sewing project in years, and I am about to loose it. I know how to sew, honestly I do – but for some reason these stays are escaping me! If I had the time to commission a pair of stays, I very much would at this point, but time is limited, and the very few whom I would entrust them to wouldn’t have the time in such short notice.
Ok, deep breath! Stays, and my progress (or lack thereof)
Here’s my mockup, which went fairly well. At this point, I was still pretty positive about the whole endeavor. I read somewhere on LJ recently about taping boning in place for corset mockups, and I will say, it works like a charm. I will be using this trick when mocking up my boned bodices from now on!
I promptly ruined the front panel of the lovely silk that Jaqulinne gifted me to make my stays out of by water staining from my iron. I’ll have to look at it again in the light of day to see if I need to replace the front section. (Um, ok. It doesn’t show up that well in the picture, but I assure you, it’s there.)
And here are all the pieces cut out and ready to be assembled. (The front panel is already constructed
I got as far as finishing all the major seams before I quit for the night. I need to take a break and look at it with fresh eyes in the morning, because right now, I’m at the end of my proverbial rope!
Signing off for now!