Designed to be worn under mantuas and similar gowns of the late 17th century and early 18th century, our 1690s stays are a new "favourite" among historical costumers. The fashionable silhouette of the period required a rigid foundation, like these stays, to create an elongated conical torso with a wide décolletage and straight front.
The long cut-in-one tabs and higher top and back edges set this style apart from our other 18th century stays, and the straps perch just on the point of the shoulder—a holdover from the wide necklines of the late 17th century. A removable wooden busk ensures a straight center front.Details:
- Appropriate for 1680s–1720s
- White cotton sateen fashion fabric outer layer
- English cotton coutil and twill strength/lining layers
- Half-boned with steel boning (This style is also available in a synthetic whalebone version.)
- Plus sizes (18–26) feature additional boning for added support
- Removable wooden busk at the center front
- Center back spiral lacing with two-piece nickel grommets
- Alterable side seams and straps
Our stays and corsets are based closely on historical pattern shapes and extant examples, but utilize theatrical construction techniques and modern materials to bring you an accurate silhouette in a sturdy, comfortable garment. You can read more about the research and inspiration for our 1690s stays on our blog.
Detailed instructions for how to wear and maintain your corset can be found on our Wear & Care page, while general ordering information can be found in our FAQ section. We also have a video walking you through all our classic corset alteration points.
For custom sizing in this style, please see our Custom Classic Corset listings. You can find our line of luxury corsetry made with customizable fabrics and details at Redthreaded Atelier, and you can also contact us to discuss other custom design ideas. For standard sizes in other historical periods, please see our Classic Corset range. If you want to make your own, we have paper patterns and kits as well as print-at-home digital patterns available.
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All Redthreaded corsets are handmade in our Colorado studio.