1690s Stays — Synthetic Whalebone
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.
For this design, we used a mix of historical pattern shapes, theatrical construction techniques, and modern materials. You can read more about our research and inspiration for our 1690s stays on our blog.Details:
- Appropriate for 1680s–1720s
- Cotton sateen fashion fabric outer layer
- English cotton coutil and twill strength/lining layers
- Half-boned with synthetic whalebone (This style is also available in a steel-boned 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
Please see our Custom Classic Corset listings for custom sizing in this style, our Redthreaded Atelier line for luxury corsetry made with customizable fabrics and details, and our Classic Corset range for standard sizes in other historical periods. You can also contact us to discuss other custom design ideas. All Redthreaded corsets are handmade in our Colorado studio.
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