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Well, I didn't finish these in one week by a long shot, but I do finish one project a week, and this was my finished project for the week before Christmas.

These 1770s stays (an early term for corsets) are based on a couple of extent garments, and are made from gilded linen, more linen, a cotton lining, and plastic whalebone with vintage kid leather binding.

Read more about them and see more photos here: http://thedreamstress.com/2011/12/finished-project-the-very-dreadful-silver-stays/

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Comment by Jen on January 4, 2012 at 6:24pm

gorgeous colour - what will you wear with it?

Comment by Leimomi Oakes - The Dreamstress on January 5, 2012 at 3:25am

Thank you!  Most of the time it will never be seen - I'll wear it under an 18th century outfit.  If I do any talks about undergarments I'll show it with a white shift and whatever petticoat comes to hand - blue, yellow, pink.  

I do have more of the gilded linen though, and might make myself a party dress out of it next time I need one :-)

Comment by Jen on January 5, 2012 at 3:04pm

It's so pretty I wasn't 100% sure that it wasn't for outer wear. The gilded linen is rather nice.

Comment by Leimomi Oakes - The Dreamstress on January 5, 2012 at 3:36pm

Isn't it?  The stays used so little fabric it seemed silly not to cover them in something really pretty.  And I believe that even linings and undergarments should be gorgeous!  

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