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Date: 6/16/12 8:01 PM

I feel like this is a stupid question, but I can't wrap my brain around it, so please don't laugh (too loud). I'm working on a very full skirted wedding gown and I was considering adding a waist stay. The gown has a short sleeved bodice, but I didn't want the full weight of the skirt on the shoulders and I though a waist stay might help distribute the weight a little more. So, here is the stupid... Does the stay attach on "top" of the lining, ie next to the bride's skin? Or is it sandwiched between the lining and the shell? And if the latter, do I just leave an opening for the stay to peek out behind the zipper? Am I making things overly complicated??

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Date: 6/16/12 9:49 PM

Aaaand, I should have done more Google-ing. Anne blogged about this recently - What and Why of Waist Stays.
Answered my question and many others that I haven't had a chance to think of yet.

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Date: 6/18/12 5:26 PM

I wanted to add one thing, having very recently finished making my wedding dress -- I also debated over where the waist stay would go, and after lots of experiments I decided that I didn't want to have the petersham ribbon next to my skin for a whole day because it wouldn't be the most comfortable.

So I asked a question on this board - if you look at slightly older posts (it will be within the last year in any case) and the general verdict was to hide the waist stay just above the inner most layer - in my case the corselette lining, and either bring the wasit stay through a buttonhole on each side, or through the nearest seams. I did the latter as the seams were very conveniently located and the finish was much neater.

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Date: 6/18/12 5:53 PM

That's what I'm planning to do - make a kind of corselette for my boning channels, then attach the waist stay to the inside of that, then feed the ends of the stay through the back princess seams. I sort of feel that the lining should be hiding most of the inner construction, so for me to have the waist stay right next to my skin would a) defeat the purpose, and b) not be that comfortable.

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Date: 6/27/12 7:05 PM

Oh, I appreciate the input! I hadn't thought about the petersham being uncomfortable next to the skin, but that is a good point. The lining is nice and silky and will be comfortable, but I can see the possibility that the edges of the petersham would dig. Now I'm really glad I posted!!

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