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toilefront no strap   stays draftThere's a simpler method to pattern stays. Michelle uses the original tailor's diagram and Luca's explanation from Patterns of Fashion 5.

sqarepicIn Part 2 of this series, Nikki shows us how to construct the 18th century jumps from the Leicestershire archive

sqarepic Nikki examines some super beautiful garments worn as an alternative to the far more rigid 18th century stays, prior to doing her own recreation!

SquarepicJoanne test drives the stays pattern with which most makers begin. Is Butterick 4254 a great beginner pattern... or an ill fitting mess?

squarepicThe pattern seems good, but what do you do with that mock-up? On to fitting toiles, featuring example stays on three different body types.

squarepicDo not fear stays! Michelle takes a well known 18th c stays pattern and shows us how to measure it, enjoy its unusual shape, and alter it to fit.

icon smA close up look at the construction and details of an absolutely classic pair of mid eighteenth century stays - including the pattern.

1760's StaysIzabela gives us a simple, yet accurate construction guide for the non-expert that offers maximum fitting opportunities.

icon smElisa looks at the history of stays and discusses a few extant garments to see if any conclusions can be drawn on their construction.

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