Size 20 18th Century Half boned Stays
Pattern by: JP Ryan
Made in the USA
Stays in the 18th century were worn to reshape the upper body. High fashion stays with shoulder straps were designed to create a fairly straight line from the bosom to the navel. Stays were the basic foundation garment upon which all subsequent garments were built. In The Virginia Gazette of 1774 “Run away . . . a Welsh woman . . . had on, and took with her . . . an old pair of green coloured stays” as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls.
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