Our 1780s front lacing stays feature a lower bust line, more extreme diagonal style lines, and are overall about 3/4"–1" shorter than our earlier 18th century closed front stays. This creates a conical torso with a defined waist, a lower prow-front bosom, and drawn-back shoulders — hallmarks of the fashionable silhouette of the late 1700s. The front lacing also simplifies dressing, and the closed back ensures a lovely smooth line beneath the Anglaise and Italian gowns that were so popular during this period.
These stays are pictured with an optional stomacher. A stomacher also allows people with larger chests to lace a bit looser across the bust. Add one to your order for additional front support and sizing flexibility.
- Appropriate for late 1770s to the early 1790s
- Cotton sateen fashion fabric outer layer
- English cotton coutil and twill strength/lining layers
- Half-boned with steel boning (We also offer a synthetic whalebone version of this style.)
- Plus sizes (18–26) feature additional boning throughout for added support
- Center back spiral lacing with two-piece nickel grommets
- Alterable side seams and straps
CUSTOM ORDER PROCESS: Please enter the following measurements in the notes at checkout (taken over a well-fitting modern bra): bra size, bust, underbust, waist, hip 7" below waist, underarm to waist, back of neck to waist.
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 this style 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.
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 sizing in this style or other historical periods, please see our Classic Corset range. If you want to make your own, we have individually sized paper patterns and kits as well as print-at-home digital patterns available.
Please see our Policies page for important information regarding payments, shipping, returns, and customs. International buyers are responsible for all VAT/customs fees. Under no circumstances will a shipment be marked as a "gift" or declared at a reduced value.
All Redthreaded corsets are handmade in our Colorado studio.