Stays, Better known as a ‘Pair of Bodies’
Possibly only the province of the better off, common women stiffening the bodice (‘bodies’) of their petticoats instead (or perhaps wearing a second, or third hand pair?). However, today some of us (including myself) require the extra support they give to maintain the correct silhouette.
– Stays dated 1620-1630. From the Sittingbourne Cache. For details see www.concealedgarments.org . Very similar to Effigy stays above. Click on picture to go to a larger image.
The Effigy Corset: A New Look at Elizabethan Corsetry Instructions on how to make the Effigy Corset (Stays) and patterning instructions from Drea Leed.
Custom Corset Pattern Generator Makes a pattern for back laced stays that can be adapted to front laced stays. Not perfect but helps to get the right pattern shape. I find I need too add at least 2″ to the measurements generated if making fully boned stays.
Bodies (stays, corsets) Pattern From the Tudor Tailor. Probably not for those new to sewing or corset making. Seek assistance as stays need to fit properly to be comfortable.
Vena Cava Design Corset and Costume Components All sorts of corsetry goodies!
The Zen of Spiral Lacing. One thing that many re-enactors get wrong is lacing. Stays and bodices of the time were spiral laced, that is a single lace from top to bottom (or vice versa). Here Jennifer Thompson gives clear and easy to follow instructions on eyelet placing, and lacing. Recommended!