Pattern Description: 18th Century Ladies' Partial Boned Stays Pattern. These stays are "working woman" stays, allowing for bending and working while being properly stayed.
Pattern Sizing: multi sized Small - XL (Bust 30-45", Waist 26-42", Neck to waist 14 ½ to 17")
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I changed it so much that it wasn't going to.
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes, though I didn't need to refer to them too much due to my modifications
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wanted to try the pattern to see if I'd use it again. It was a useful starting point for my hobbit bodice
Fabric Used: 2 layers of cotton canvas (of a few years in the stash), and fashion layer of 2 quilters cottons (the main was well stashed).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My hobbit costume bodice needed to be back lacing rather than front so that was the first thing to be changed. I made the shoulder straps attach rather than tie together and moved that seamline to the shoulder. Got a friend to draw the front panel shape onto my first toile. I did a second toile in cotton drill to double check I had the seaming correct.
I boned it with cable ties as I had them in my stash already. I'd have liked a mix of narrow flat steels and cable ties but it worked.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I hadn't heard of this pattern range and would happily use this pattern again for it's original design, though I'd need to re-fit it for that purpose. I'm already thinking of re
Conclusion: A c0mparatively quick & easy fitted & boned bodice for my hobbit costume.