18th Century Women’s Stays

Additional Resources

Patterns of the 18th Century:
How to Make an 18th Century Corset, or, more accurately, a pair of stays

How to Make a Pair of 18th c. Stays using the Custom Corset Pattern Generator

Tailleur d'habits et tailleur de corps in Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1771

18th Century Stays Blog, discussing aspects of 18th century original stays and the stay-making Trade

A Timeline of Women's Stays: 1600-1800

Fashion before ease – on 18th century stays

Fitting Stays

Underwear: Fashion in Detail What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century Reconstructing History 1740's to 1790's Stays Pattern

JP Ryan's Stays

Did ALL Women Wear Stays?

Textiles noted with entries below are generally the exterior fabric, unless the lining-fabric is unusual.

(Children’s stays can be found here.)