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Sittingbourne Bodies Pattern, c. 1630-5

To celebrate the upcoming release of Shaping Femininity I’ve decided the post the pattern that I made of the garment when I examined it in 2017. A pattern for this garment has since been published by the School of Historical Dress in 2018’s Patterns...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 28 Oct 2021

The Life and Times of Theophilus Riley: Citizen, Civil War Conspirator and Body-maker.

Kleermaker (The Tailor), Gillis van Scheyndel (I), 1638. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, RP-P-1981-140   In 2018 I spent two months in the UK going through records relating to tailors, body-makers, and farthingale-makers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 6 Jul 2021

Randle Holme’s The Academy of Armory (1688) and late Seventeenth-century Women’s Dress Terminology

The 1680s was a decade of change in women’s fashion. The new loose-fitting mantua gown vied for popularity with traditional gowns that contained structured bodices (a battle that the new style would win in later decades) and bodies slowly began...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 2 Jan 2021

How to Fix Funky Points on 18th Century Stays

 See those points on the front edges of the stays, at the bust?If you've got a pair of 18th century stays that lace at the center front, either fully or partially, you may have noticed those funky points that curve upwards at the bust.They're weird...

The sixteenth-century Vasquine / Basquine: A corset, farthingale or Kirtle?

In her 2001 book The Corset: A Cultural History Valerie Steele claimed that vasquines and basquines were early types of corsets: “The other precursor of the corset was the basquine or vasquine, a laced bodice to which was attached a hooped skirt...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 28 Oct 2020

Talk: Body-makers and Farthingale-makers in Seventeenth-Century London

Hot on the heels on my talk on whalebone and early modern fashion, I recently gave another presentation about the work I’ve been doing on farthingale-makers and body-makers in late sixteenth and seventeenth-century London. This paper was given at...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 3 Sep 2020

Seventeenth-Century Busks, Courtship and Sexual Desire

In 2014 my article on this subject was published by Gender & History and a subsequent blog post titled, ‘“He shall not haue so much as a buske-point from thee”: Examining notions of Gender through the lens of Material Culture’...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 18 Jul 2020

The 1630 Thang - Finishing the Bodies

Dayum she looks good! 1630 Dutch formal basque bodice with ribbon points.It's been a few weeks since I started the yellow and black bumblebee-lobster bodice/bodies/smooth-covered stays for my 1630 ensemble, and I'm pleased to report that they are now...

Sittingbourne Bodies, c. 1630-1650 | Part One: Pattern and Materials

I recently announced that my first research monograph, Shaping Femininity, is now under contract with Bloomsbury Academic. Featured in the book will be the reconstructions of bodies that I did during my PhD (and began blogging about on this site in 2015!),...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 17 Jan 2020

What Are Those Knobbles on 1790s Stays?

From "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh - see those nobbles? What are those nobbles for? Read on... Have you ever wondered about those weird round knobbles and pads on late 1780s-1790s stays?What are they for?I have a theory...The first thought...

April 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette: Or, the Weekly Post-Boy (April 4, 1768).“M’QUEEN continues as usual, to make all Sorts of Stays for Ladies, in the newest Fashions, worn in London.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Apr 2018

How to Lengthen/Shorten 18th Century Stays

The #1 question we receive about Simplicity 8162 (and will with Simplicity 8579 as well) is how to lengthen or shorten the stays. Particularly with Simplicity 8162, the body block used came up a little short and most seamstresses are needing to lengthen...

Patterns and Books for 18th Century Stays

Simplicity 8579 Stays, 1700 - 1770.With the release of our book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, we've given you patterns and instructions for a great many lovely 18th century gowns, accessories, and skirt supports....but one thing...

Frith Street, Soho: Mozart’s London Tour

One Wolfgang Mozart, a German Boy, of about eight Years old, is arrived here, who can play upon various sorts of Instruments of Music, in Concert, or Solo, and can compose Music surprisingly; so that he may be reckoned a Wonder at his Age. The Mozart...
From: All Things Georgian on 11 Jan 2018

The 1790s "Jane Austen Goes to Ikea" Gown - The Corset

Ikea does it again - Ingmarie curtains >> This year is 1790s year.After completing all the book projects, Abby and I can finally settle into share-able projects. Both of us are mad for the 1790s after studying and re-creating various pieces for...


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette (February 2, 1767).“Said M‘Queen, continues his Business as usual, to make all sorts of Stays for Ladies.” John McQueen pursued multiple branches...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Feb 2017

Queen Elizabeth’s Corsets

By Stephen Grant. In 1926 Henry Folger purchased from Montmartre Gallery in London this object  advertised as “Queen Elizabeth’s Stays” In October 1931, armored trucks left Brooklyn––where Shakespeare collectors Henry...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 23 Dec 2016

1830s Corset Inspiration & Research

Hello Lovelies -So I'm plugging away on my 1830s corset, and all seems to be going to plan...which is good seeing as how when I picked up my needle and thread yesterday to start sewing it became glaringly obvious to me that it's been a whole month since...

Simplicity 18th Century Stays - Adding Boning

I've been MIA on the Simplicity 18th Century Pattern Hacks lately, due to moving, but I'm back! Time for more helpful hacks and hints for constructing Simplicity 8161 and 8162 in a more historically accurate way.Today I've got a short video on inserting...

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