An Englishwoman visiting Paris in 1802 wrote home about Paris fashions: “THREE petticoats? STAYS? It has been a year of starting new periods for me! Ususally you covered them up for church as you put on your finery for that, but there are mentions in the early 19th century of women going to church with “bare arms” (just covered with their shifts, that is), but that seemed to have been a rather local custom. I guess I didn’t word that sentence very well. A German woodcarving of 1520 shows a woman wearing a gown with a definite crease and fold in the fabric under the bust. I’d love to read about the distinctions in Czech! The Effigy Corset: A new look at Elizabethan Corsetry. The earliest citation of the use of our ‘stays’ is from 1608. staylace.comGreat post! 2011. From practical experience, the boned-tab corset is immeasurably more comfortable than a corset with no tabs or unboned tabs. Early 19th century corsetry, 1800 – 1840. Mockup Stays. That yellow quilted number reminds me of the kind that Maria wears in a scene from Sound of Music, which was probably a nod to an earlier kind of costume. You can find everything from a 1940s zoot suit to French lounging pajamas from the early 20th century. Why? How to Make 18th Century Stays Part 1: The Material. In 1777 a corset was described (in French) as “a little pair of stays usually made of quilted linen without bones that ladies fasten in front with strings or ribbon and that they wear in deshabille.”, Corset Bodice, 1800-1820, cotton, National Trust Inventory Number 1350127, By the 1780s the term had reached England via fashion writers describing the new French garments as ‘a quilted waistcoat which is called un corset, without any kind of stiffening.”, It’s quite clear in early writings that corsets were significantly softer and less structured than stays. 4.5 out of 5 stars (33) 33 reviews $ 11.46. Originally used for informal wear at the start to the of the 18th century, they were worn throughout the century as a more comfortable alternative to stays, and became more popular at the end of the century with the change in fashion from the elaborate 18th century styles to the softer neoclassical styles. There are places (Hawaii) where it is totally expected, places where it is unremarkable, and places where you’d have to really know the person to see them without shoes. Finished 18th Century Stays. The Corset: A Cultural History. I’m sure it is really confusing in another language, especially as people have never been particularly precise about clothing terms. It all started in the 16th Century in Italy. The term stays probably comes from the French estayer: to support, because that is exactly what stays did. As always, you are the master of finding things! Garments that fit an identical description are described as jumps in the mid-18th century, but so are significantly more structured undergarments. This woman is depicted wearing her petticoat with stays worn over it, something seen in later 17th century paintings. Corset, like corsage, comes from the French term for a body (corps) and the term was first used in France in the 1770s (though there had been an earlier Medieval/Renaissance usage of corset which described a decorative sleeveless bodice). The first true corset was invented. Garsault, Diderot), you can find the term corset as referring to a lightly stiffened bodice with tie-on sleeves, where… Thank you! 1986. Thery could be made in leather, wool, linen and even cotton. I’ve done some pretty heavy lifting and work in my stays, and I find they actually help with the manual labour – they provide back support all day long. The following listings, according to Janet Arnold (author of Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd), most likely referred to a corset-like garment. Boning was whalebone/baleen, reed, or wood bents, and the stays had a lightweight lining loosely tacked in that could be replaced easily. These stays shape the bust and waist into the rigid silhouette required in this historical period by using steel bones throughout with front and back lacing. Bulcock, J. Front lacing corsets are more comfortable and easier to get into, although it's a good idea to have back lacing for adjustment. Having an undergarment to take the strain of shaping the body also helps to extend the life of the outer gown. The Berg Companion to Fashion. They are much more beautiful in-person and in absolutely perfect condition. This technique would allow for easier size changes: if the wearer gained or lost weight, the back could be removed and a smaller or larger piece added. I’d be a little wary of staylace – a lot of the research is dependent on VERY old and rather shady writing. Very interesting post! […] softer stays were common. Oh yes! I’ve already posted about the difference between swiss waists, waist cinchers, corsets & corselets. It currently resides in Westminster Abbey, along with a detailed write-up of the corset by Janet Arnold which is kept in the Westminster Library. The binding on the two corsets and on two extant stomachers of the time was placed right side against the outside edge of the corset, stitched down, turned over to the wrong side, and either hem-stitched down along the edge or stab-stitched through to the front of the corset, following the seam line of the outer binding edge. 16th Century Dovecot Cottage in Private Garden. I checked the OED for ‘jumps’ while I was at it, and they suggest that the word is a corruption of the French ‘juppe’, meaning ‘jup’ or ‘juppe’, a woman’s jacket or bodice. Do you have any particular reason for deriving ‘stays’ from the French rather than the old-fashioned English ‘stay’ (as in ‘stay me with flagons and comfort me with apples’)? I can’t recall the scene, but it’s two to one it was a nod to folk costumes. I’m so pleased it was helpful! Extant Corsets Like French Farthingales, petticoats and kirtles, "whaleboned bodies" were an item readily available from a lady's tailor. I really enjoyed this discussion, but I’m wondering if you can clarify something for me. I agree, such interesting info! Period commentators made it clear that English women – even very poor ones, were almost invariably in stays, where it was much less common in France. What is the meaning of “stay” there? From 48 extant stays with photos of their backs from my Pinterest, the majority had either 10 (9), 12 (11) or 13 (8) holes but the range was from 7 to 15 holes. The corset has straps which come to a point at the front neckline, where they ostensibly tie to the front of the corset. Based on what I can find out, French ladies were more likely to receive visitors in just their stays than their English counterparts. Cheryl Payne. Stays were more commonly worn in England than in France. A short bodice, with tabs, appeared in the 1630’s and was worn throughout the middle of 17th century by the middle and lower classes, long after the fashionable Miss had gone on to other styles. The straps of the corset are visible beneath the sheer cape worn by the woman to protect her clothing while dressing her hair. Other terms of supportive undergarments seen as fashion went through a series of massive chances in the last decades of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th were (in roughly chronological order) short stays (for short, lighter boned stays), bust bodices (for boned, wrapped proto-bras) and demi-corsets (shorter, lightly boned corsets used for informal wear). During this time, the wealthy French women were known to desire a thinner wastline, using stiffened linen undergarments, tightened by front or back laces, known as stays or bodies to achieve the look. It does make sense that the wealthy would wear stays more regularly. I was wondering also, is there some kind of pattern to the difference of when these garment were worn over the clothes/chemise as outer wear (long before Madonna did it!) Binding strips could be made of ribbon, of fabric cut on the bias, or of fabric cut on the straight. Sleeps 10. But those were […]. Stays with sleeves 1660-70 Victoria & Albert Museum. Thanks! I think the use of stays stayed longer as a more common term in NZ than in the US, for example. This corset is shown in detail on page 47 and 112-113 of Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620 and in Jutta Zander-Seidel's book Textiler Hausrat. It could even be fastened to a petticoat or farthingale, either tied to it with points (laces run through eyelets) or perhaps sewn. I would love to try to make it someday. This lovely 300 year old detached, renovated barn is situated just 6 miles from Cheltenham in a small secluded valley in the Central Wolds. She was a slim woman and didn’t need them anyway. Busk - baleine centrale - 16th century stays - corset - wooden busk - Historical stays - Bodices AuTempsdesCorsets. When this happened, we can theorize that the by-now-essential stiffened kirtle bodice was retained as a separate garment: the "payre of bodies", or corset as it is now known. 16th Century Stays-- included because you should be able to draft your own stays pattern using the instructions on this site. Stays have functional spiral lacing, and a mixture of steel and artificial whalebone for support.”. Unlike the German corset it had boned tabs and a wide, scooped neck which hinted at the shape the corset would attain during the next two centuries. I’m currently going through the published letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (say that 10x fast!) You couldn’t wear “incommodious stays” when you were breast-feeding. She made some compliment about them that they represented England well, or some such, but that she didn’t think the French ladies would be adopting their stiff-bodied fashions any time soon. The straps of the Effigy corset are also more comfortable than those of the Pfaltzgrafin corset, as they don't cut into the armhole as much and are cut on the bias. In the case of the two stomachers, the raw edge was left unfinished on the inside. Leimomi, you’re priceless! The corsets turned the upper torso into a matching but inverte… Oxford: Berg Publishers. It is made of three layers of cream-colored fabric, the outer layer being silk backed with linen and the inner lining of linen, and has channelsbackstitched between the two layers into which whalebone was inserted. In the words of the corsetiere (Anachronism in Action, California), this payre of bodies is “made from satin coutil with plum silk satin binding and leather appliqué. My Oxford English Dictionary supports the origin from the French verb ‘estayer’, to steady or support something. I am a former journalist and a freelance blogger with over 7 years of professional experience. Oxford: Berg Publishers. This is also seen in the term “pair of plates” to mean the same thing as “coat of plates” in late 13th C and 14th C armour – a transitional form of armour consisting of several (usually more than two) metal plates rivetted inside a fabric or leather garment. Sarah is a Superhost. That is a particularly pretty corded corset isn’t it? This includes wrap stays, such as the ones in the next picture I found on Leimomi’s blog or the “bra” exhibited at the Kyoto Fashion Institute, and short or half stays. Remember, I’m your crazy friend with the twenty-volume Oxford – the one with all the citations. Sitting on 504 acres that overlook the Pacific Ocean, Resort at Pelican Hill is inspired by 16th-century Italy. 16th c. Corset Construction A pair of bodies can be made of three or four layers of fabric. As the pair of bodies was an undergarment, it wasn't depicted in period paintings. Most interesting! French bodies show up regularly in tailor's bills of the later 16th century. Buy the pattern here! So costume ‘stays’ join all those other stays and supports holding up ships and buildings and plants. The stays were dated in 1993 by Janet Arnold to 1670. The English word corset is derived from the Old French word corps and the diminutive of body, which itself derives from corpus—Latin for body. Unfortunately, pickings are slim. Interestingly, the front edged of this corset curves in below the bust and out over the bust. Due to the front lacings, it has no busk;instead, two heavy strips of whalebone run down either side of the front lacing. The seams on the effigy corset were stitched with a running stitch. http://www.staylace.com/gallery/gallery05/annaheld/. ; Cunnington, P.E, The Dictionary of Fashion History (Rev., updated ed.). Google eBook. Fashion has always been a spectrum, and it is quite likely that one woman might have a garment which she would call jumps, while another would call the item a corset. If it is a "pair of bodies with sleeves", most likely it is a gown which is being discussed; if materials such as whalebone or bents are mentioned, it could concievably be a corset rather than a bodice. Did you mean that corsets were originally less rigid than stays? Usually I google and come up with stuff, but I was so tired of this post by the end! In the 1550s, the first reference to a separate undergarment is found in the wardrobe accounts of Mary Tudor. The busk-lace eventually became an intimate favor, given by women to the men they loved. There are frequent uses of the term ‘stays’ as a synonym for corsets into the early 20th century, sometimes for its pun potential, with amusingly dreadful results. Before this boned garments were called (in English at least) a ‘pair of bodies’ – for each side of the stays. As an aside – I examined that set of stays in the Manchester collection you pictured here. The dictionary defines our ‘jumps’ as “A kind of under (or undress) bodice worn by women, esp. The Historical Fashion and Textile Encyclopedia, swiss waists, waist cinchers, corsets & corselets, The Duties of a Lady’s Maid;: With Directions for Conduct, and Numberous Receipts for the Toilette, http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/royals/funerals, Project Boudoir: Regency Nightwear | Sewing Empire. And I’d be interested to know how the difference between laced bodices in folk costumes (worn outside) and stays/corsets (worn inside) came about, too… especially seeing as Leimomi mentions that at one time, outer garments with boning in them were more proper than boned undergarments. Make sense? Through family history the stays have been attributed to Mary Chilton Winslow, a Mayflower passenger. As always, the foundation of womenswear was the chemise, which now was often topped by stays (an early form of corsetry) and a kirtle (which more often now referred to a petticoat skirt), with a gown … The newly dominant rigid silhouette created by stiffening the bodice and wearing the conical Spanish farthingale remained in place. Yay! The ‘pair of bodys’ were now known as ‘a pair of stays’ or ‘stays’ and followed the fashionable waistline but kept the long centre front stomacher as seen in contemporary portraits. This is the sort of thing I have been wondering about ever since I came across the terms stays and jumps (perhaps even more so as a non-native speaker)! By the beginning of the 17th century stiffened stays were an indispensable garment in the upper class woman’s wardrobe. In 1577, they were worn in France: A quote from the late 1590s give us an idea of what they were stiffened with: Here again a petticoat has a bodie "to" it, indicating that the two were worn--and perhaps even fastened--together. Baumgarten, Linda. If it is mentioned with petticoats or farthingales, other undergarments of the time, then chances are it is a corset rather than a bodice. Sonething I’ll do a bit of reading about. When people think of 16th century dress, the first thing that comes to mind is the corset. 18th Century Stays (Finally!) How did the corset evolve into a separate garment? Written References to Corsets Thanks! As the fashions changed and the popularity of jumps rose, other forms of soft undergarments also evolved. the corset worn in Elizabethan England, when fitted and laced correctly, is quite comfortable. The 3rd from the bottom, white, corded, 1800-1825 is so beautiful! I’m not sure about the colonies. Corset Construction A petticoat with a heavily boned bodice is a convenient alternative to a separate corset and skirt. Oxford: Berg Publishers. Share on. Corsets could lace at the center front or center back, through eyelets reinforced with a buttonhole or whip stitch. They’re really quite breathtaking. Looked at from a practical standpoint, however, it saves time and labor to have one stiffened undergarment to wear under several gowns then to stiffen every gown individually. A holdover! As the 19th century progressed, corset became the more common term for the boned, laced garment, but the term stays remained in common usage, both for the garment, and even more so, for the actual pieces of bone in the corset. Love the insight and especially the pictures. Some well-endowed women consider then more comfortable then modern underwire bras, and many people with back problems have remarked how much a boned-tab Elizabethan corset feels like a supportive back brace. During this period, corsets were usually worn with a farthingalethat held out the skirts in a stiff cone. In 1579, Henry Etienne mentioned this item in a letter: "The ladies call a whalebone... their stay, which they put under their breast, right in the middle, in order to keep straighter." 5 … ‘Jumps’ were completely new to me. It was a remnant, so I just managed to cut out the entire pattern, but had to do quite a lot of piecing for the bias binding. Thank you…as always I learned something I had no previous knowledge of, that is Victorian fetish writing. There is a difference between being required to wear stays at court, and ONLY being required to wear stays at court. Some sort of stiffening of a woman's gown had been part of dress construction since the early 16th century. To sum up This was a German corset, and therefore cannot be considered an example of English Elizabethan fashion; nevertheless, it is the earliest surviving corset we have. No pictures, but some context: They are virtually identical in proportion and construction; both are made of a heavy, coarse linen, are boned with thin reeds, and are braced with horizontal crossbraces of whalebone down either side of the front center lacings. Grandma relied on a simple suspender belt to keep up her stockings, and embraced tights with glee. A relatively balanced 1889 discussion on corsets describes a laced figure as “neat and tidy” and an unlaced figure as “loose and negligé.”. I didn’t know that “stays” and “corset” were interchangeable terms for so long. The conclusions a psychiatrist or social historian … Then it's time to figure out how many lacing holes you want your stays to have on each side of the back. It has tabs at the waist, as well as small eyelets at the waistline through which the farthingale (stiffened hoop skirt) or petticoat could be fastened to the corset. By the 16th century it had become a prominent fashion statement. Cottage Code: NJC. At this time, corsets were not worn for the purpose of achieving a cinched waist and hourglass shape. In the same way, Victorian court presentation dress required white gloves, but most ladies would wear white gloves to most events, although other colours were permitted. Well, every source I have found suggests estayer as the origin, so I’m dependent on the wisdom and research of those more knowledgeable here. a set of two)” OR “a set, greater than two”. The term "corset" only came into use during the 19th century; before that, such a garment was usually referred to as a pair of bodies, a stiff bodice, a pair of stays or, simply, stays. Toms Barn Hampen, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Where did the Corset come from? Stays, was the term used for the fully boned laces bodices worn under clothes from the late 16th or early 17th century, until the end of the 18th century. Throughout the 18th century there were fashions that allowed women to go stayless: the robe battante could disguise an un-supported body, though wearing one too long might cause rumours of pregnancy or simply create an impression of slovenliness and laxity of morals. Pink satin corset, c.1890, Vintage Textile. It would definitely be a sign of informality and intimacy – somewhat analogous to hanging out with people with your shoes off. Before this boned garments were called (in English at least) a ‘pair of bodies’ – for each side of the stays. Extant Corsets They laced up the front, and thus were easier for a lady to put on and take off by herself. It’s fascinating how corsets developed over the decades; I wasn’t previously aware of that! The early fully boned garments are actally quite similar (Ninon’s dress is an example of the fully boned bodice that was formalised as court wear) in that you can’t see the boning channels. One possible method for creating this flattened bosom is that the Tudor bodices and stomachers were stiffened with buckram (glue-stiffened canvas) to achieve the fashionably flat shape. Some of them look remarkably like the much derided “wench-wear”. Copyright © 2020 The Dreamstress. "Kitchen interior with the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus", by Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck, shows a kitchen maid dressed in smock, corset, petticoat and apron. From shop Deladriel3. 16th century Elizabethan Stays Shakespearean Tudor Pair of | Etsy Achieve the historical silhouette of the Elizabethan era with our Elizabeth Stays. In 1740 Mrs Delaney wrote to her sister imploring her not to lace tightly, and sending a pair of jumps for her to wear instead. There is one 16th century reference to a small waist being fashionable, but on the whole it was a fashionably flat-torsoed shape, rather than a tiny waist, that the corset was designed to acheive. ", The Effigy Corset: A new look at Elizabethan Corsetry, a pair of bodies of black velvet lined with canvas stiffened with buckeram (1583). Even then, a lady could be excused from wearing them if her health made them inadvisable. Favorite Add to 18th Century Stays - Corset Deladriel3. The busk which would have been slipped into the busk pocket, was a long, flat piece of ivory, horn or wood, elaborately carved in later centuries, which helped to give a pair of bodies a rigid, smooth shape. To extend the use of ‘stays’ and ‘corsets’, my grandmother wore these (two pieces, full body length including bust, in a sort of surgical pink colour) until she died in 1985. In the later 16th century, "French Bodies" was a term commonly used for the stiffened undergarment. Modern costume historians sometimes use terms like ‘transitional stays’ to describe the garments between heavily boned stays and the longline corsets of the 1810s etc, but of course this is not a term that would ever have been used in-period. I think a lot of the not wearing stays was under robe battante or the sort of loose jackets shown in Arnold, and women were less likely to be painted in these. instead. during the 18th century, and in rural use in the 19th; usually fitted to the bust, and often used instead of stays. Thank you. The meaning of it as a "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment for the waist, worn chiefly by women to shape the figure," dates from 1795. Period: 17th and 18th centuries. It is currently at the Musee Ingres, and a picture can be found in Anne Kraatz's book Lace: History and Fashion. Stays turned the torso into a stiff, inverted cone, raising and supporting the bust, and providing a solid foundation on which the garments draped. I suspect most wealthy French women would have worn stays on a pretty regular basis (though evidence suggests they were never as commonly worn in France as in Britain), but there was a code of dress for court, and it specifically mentions stays as a requirement unless the lady was unable to wear them. Oh you clever woman! A sort of nursing bra for the times. Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests. The quality of construction varied as well. In terms of class, English peasants wore stays as outerwear to do work without comment throughout the 18th century, though I doubt it would have been acceptable church wear etc. How fascinating that ladies were only required stays at court. Elizabethan Corsets on the Web The term "corset” was in use in the late 14th century, from the French "corset" which meant "a kind of laced bodice." Fortunately, we have more to go on than paintings. The Original Stays One of the earliest pair of stays in this country with known provenance is held at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Experience an exclusive getaway with one of our private stays ready for your arrival. In fact, I have found only three paintings from the time period which clearly show a pair of boned bodies, all of which date to 1600 or slightly afterward. A pocket sewn down the front of the German corset allowed a stiff busk to be slipped into the corset, to provide a completely flat front. During the 1530s, the decorative skirt of the kirtles worn under gowns underwent a change: instead of an entire decorated underkirtle, a separate, decorated "kirtle" skirt could be worn under the outer gown. Why can’t we get wool damask like that today!? During the 16th century, corsets were made out of linen, linen-cotton blends (after 1570), or, in the case of nobility, an outer layer of leather, satin or other silk and inner layers of linen. Another common myth revolves around the horrible discomfort of corsets. I think you may have left out a word (forgive me if I’m misunderstanding, I just woke up…). As we can see, several different materials were used to stiffen bodies: leather, buckram, bents, and, as the 16th century neared its end, whalebone. She Preferred the Silence. P.S. This is a great article but I’m still a bit confused. You wrote: “It’s quite clear in early writings that corsets were significantly softer and less structured than corsets.”. This stay, or busk, could be tied into place by a busk-lace to keep it from shifting up or down. It shows the countess en deshabille wearing a boned pair of bodies underneath her opened jacket. It i sindeed a big cultural difference here. We often see surviving stays without their linings. Thank you for so patiently correcting me whenever I leave foolish comments, I really appreciate it. Thanks for the history lesson; I was not previously aware either of how the terms “stays” and “corset” came into use or when they became synonymous. Construction For the mockup, I chose from my stash a sturdy grayish-blue cotton that strongly resembled linen. Three styles of Tudor/Elizabethan bodies or corsets (also called “stays”) – appropriate for 16th/early 17th century impressions. It laces up the front. I began venturing in the the 1870s with my Ravenclaw bustle dress , I dipped a toe in 1890 with my Adora Belle Dearheart costume , and now I’m diving headfirst into the 18th century. T he trends of the late 1540s continue in the early 1550s. Corset, 1830–35, American cotton, bone, metal, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009.300.3031, Corded corset, 1800-1825, Lot- 578 October 2007, Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction New Hope, PA, White tabby cotton w: geometric pattern, bone eyelets, center front busk channel. That’s sensible, isn’t it? Also, in that context isn’t stay a synonym for sustain? 5 out of 5 stars (280) 280 reviews $ 165.00 FREE shipping Only 1 available and it's in 15 people's carts. What decade and area of the world do you reenact? Unpack, relax, and we'll do the rest. This site also has very useful information about how to make petticoats and other articles of clothing. As with many other garments of the time, women who couldn't afford a tailor could easily make a corset at home from sackcloth and the small reeds readily available to all for stiffening. Jumps had an interesting public image. Queen Elizabeth had several pairs of bodies listed in her wardrobe accounts. A 1762 poem describes a woman as “Now a neat shape in stays, now a slattern in jumps.”, Waistcoat (probably of the type also known as jumps) England, ca. I doubt working women’s stays were that tightly laced though. A boned pair of bodies underneath her opened jacket less structured than corsets. ” or stiffened.. 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