So, here it finally is: the next part to my tutorial on the Regency short stays. This time I’ve done the cording and boning, which isn’t tricky, just very time consuming.
1. Decide where you want your boning to be placed.
The Sense and Sensibility instructions recommend this:
3. Cut boning to size and round the edges. I used heavy duty cable ties, but these aren’t historically accurate (obviously!) so wood or something more authentic would have been preferable. Metal boning probably wasn’t used.
4. Sew your boning channels with small, neat stitches. I tended to do one side first, then push the ‘bone’ against the channels and sew the other side. For me, it was easier because I could adjust widths.
5. This is where I sewed my bones:
I also added a small bone at the centre front, on the other side of the eyelets. This helps prevent stretching and acts as a more supportive busk.
6. Now to decide where to put the cording. My boning and cording pattern looks like this: (it is wildly out of proportion, but the bones are in blue and the cording in red).
My cording is not historically accurate at all, but is firm enough and I really like it. I might make a whole corset/pair of stays out of it at some point!
7. This is how I sewed my cording:
a) Sew one side of the channel for the correct/desired length.
b) Insert the cording alongside the channel.
c) press the cording up against the channel
8. This is what my cording looked like at the front in between the gussets:
10. The whole stays with cording and boning looks like this:
Next up is binding the whole thing! Phew.