My latest attempt at stays, one of the most difficult corsets I’ve ever made. Mad props to seamstresses who make these regularly. Btw, the unicorn is named Harold and I love him.
I find them so much easier than a corset funnily enough
As an experienced corset maker I thought I’d chime in with my ‘two cents’. I don’t often make stays as I, like Amber from Lovely Rats, also find they involve an incredible lot of labour. The binding alone can take upwards of 18 hours as the complexity of the tabbed hip line in a more historically accurate pattern requires it be done by hand (for a clean and neat finish). And that’s just for the binding, that doesn’t include drafting the pattern, preparing the fabric (silk needs to be interfaced), sewing the boning channels (which can add up to about 50), cutting the custom lengths of boning, lining….. overall much more time consuming than a 10-12 panel corset. There are more basic styles of stays that I’m sure don’t take as long (less boning and hip tabs (which would be spaced further apart to allow for machine finishing), but often those type of ‘simple’ stays end up looking like a costume, rather than a quality piece of craftsmanship. The old saying is true ‘you get what you pay for’.
I’ve attached a picture of some stays I made about five years ago.
If I may ask, what is it that you find is easier? If there is something you do that makes the process faster/easier, I would love to know! I always love to learn new methods of construction! Do you have some pictures you could share of the stays you’ve made?