4 Mar 2010

Stays for a young lady

My stepdaughter is returning from her internship in Wales this week, so I have spent the last days finishing the stays I promised to make for her. We didn't had much time for fittings before she left so I really hope they will work!

The outer layer is linen, the interlining and lining cotton. I machined the channels and the assembly of the stay pieces, but the rest is made by hand. Because there isn't really any other way to finish a pair of stays, and you can't watch DVD's when you machine-sew!

The shoulder straps are only pinned on as of now because I want to make sure they are the right length. Other than that, they're ready to go. I hope!

I added a little piece of ugly embroidery in the shape of Ellinor's initials - I hope she'll forgive me!

I'm very excited about Ellinor trying the stays on, because I really hope they will look better on a non-pillow shaped figure...

This is the lining

My own stays... are coming along too, albeit slowly. I have one more piece that needs lacing holes and channels (it's the second back piece) but it's pretty narrow so it should be done rather quickly. Then I can assemble the pieces, add boning and actually try them on!

The give-away project is also coming along - I promise! But it's taking much longer than I though, as usual. But watch this space, maybe YOU are the winner?