Sometimes random things pop up, like a quick little project making a delightful pair of yellow and cream striped stays. How could I resist!
I have a lovely client, also named Lauren, who is a silhouette artist back East, and needs some accurate 18th c. underpinnings STAT. She wanted them to be breathable, indestructible, and comfortable.
I selected a 100% cotton upholstery fabric, for toughness, and have lined in unbleached cotton muslin. Lauren also wanted a short front for comfort, and front and back lacings so she can get into it by herself. We're also doing removable straps.
|One side is already armored, the other awaiting attention. You|
can see the zigzag decorative stitch.
|Left side is armored, the right side not. I did some pattern matching|
on the stripes, so it looks like all one piece...but isn't, mwahaha!
The stays will spiral lace over a stomacher that will have a chevron pattern made with two pieces of the striped fabric. To finish it all off, I will bind with self-bias, which will create a playful pattern with the stripes. These are entirely too fun! More photos later as they progress.