Regency dilemmas…

Here are my Regency short stays…that are still a tad too long.  I’m starting to feel like there just aren’t a whole lot of was for a plus-sized lady to be comfortable in the Regency.

No, not really.  I just haven’t met the right stays yet.

Over the Christmas holiday, I worked on a new pair of Regency stays (the long version).  My old ones were not only made about 40 pounds ago, but also about 15 years go, which means that they are pretty much falling apart.

Now, over the past couple of years, I’ve toyed with the idea of making transitional stays.  I even made up a set, but before I adjusted some of the quirks I didn’t like, I gained more weight and the darned things don’t fit.

So, here’s the dilemma.  In a Regency silhouette, I love the look that the long corset provides.  It smooths my fluffy abdomen so that I look a bit more like the columnar ideal and less like a marshmallow.  The problem is that, at least with the way I construct the corset, I have pretty limited mobility.  I mean, it’s fine for events where I’m mostly standing, like at a dance, but I absolutely can’t imagine sitting comfortably for an extended period, say at a picnic.

After making my new long stays (which look pretty darn good, but don’t really allow for much bending), I decided on a whim to whip up a pair of short stays with the same pattern.

I still have issues.  When a friend helped me try on the finished product, I told her it gave me “reverse muffin top.”  I think this is why most transitional stays have tabs–to gradually release the fluff.

At first, I thought I might try to fix it simply by shortening the stays, but since my tummy fluff pretty much goes all the way up to meet my bust, I’m now thinking that might not help.

So, I suppose I’m going to have to bite the bullet and create tabs.  Grrr.

1 comment

    • Kim on January 26, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    Reverse muffin top! My try at the Mantua Maker I get stays was a fail. They actual crumpled in big uncomfortable coutil wrinkles instead of holding things in. I have the Laughing Moon pattern next on my list. And I started to try to make 1790s stays with tabs, but can’t remember where I put them. I look forward to hearing how your transitional turn out.

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