The 1790 stays from Nora Waugh Cut of Women's Clothes, titled "Lady Hamilton Stays".
Four layers of cotton.
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Intriguing name for a history buff, at least. No mention which Hamilton it was, but I want to believe it's Emma.
So obviously had to make them. Ended up being quite comfortable, and more gentle for my new curves than the older ones. The flat 1750ish stays were okay when slimmer, but now they just don't keep much in cover. These new ones do give a nice push up, but also keep things decent.
Refrained myself from adding to the pattern even though it looked so small. It was kind of Cinderella's shoe -thing... wanted to see if Hamilton's underpinnings would fit me
Here's the stays with comfort lacing, could propably lace it far tighter in the waist if assisted... and having something better for ribbon than acrylic knitting thread. I was afraid it'll snap so didn't tighten it much.
Need to make couple of more eyelets to secure the lacing better so the closing wouldn't be uneven. I've also seen vertical boning on stays from this particular era, but I'll save that for the next pair.
I wanted to leave this lightly boned, for comfortable summer wear.