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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

SquarepicWorking from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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gentlewomanthief  
  These stays are absolutely beautiful and it was very interesting to read about your construction techniques.

I've been focusing on modern and 19thC type corsets recently, but the 18thC was always my first love and you've got me wanting to make some stays again now!

Great article - I can't wait to see the future parts!
 
 
jenniechancey  
Stunning!   These are absolutely stunning and so beautifully constructed. Love all the step-by-step pictures, particularly of the draping. Brava!  
 
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gemmested  
  If I do not have a perfect shaped dummie like you. How do you suggest I fit a pattern. I find it very hard to find any good articles about this.  
 
cathyhay  
  Try this one, if you're fitting on yourself:

http://yourwardrobeunlockd.com/registered-articles/costumemaking/paterns/698-survival-of-the-fittest-how-to-fit-yourself

Otherwise, it can be useful to pad an existing dummy to the right shape, or create a duct tape dummy:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3631/close-fit-duct-tape-dress-form/page/all
 
 

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