This is a set of short stays I recently put together for my wife. It's a simple pattern I cut, exhibiting many of the common aspects of early to mid nineteenth century stays. It is lightly boned at the front, side, and back, with some cording at the underbust. It has two double-gored bust pieces, and two completely removable shoulder straps. The binding is self fabric bias. The fabric is cotton drill, and it is entirely hand stitched in linen thread.
Detail showing cording and bust gores.
Side detail showing cording, side boning, and bias binding.