Diagram of the stays from  Godey's Lady's Book,  1853.

'A correspondent who has kindly furnished the above pattern writes respecting it as follows:-

" I have inclosed a pattern of a pair of stays, that I have worn for some time past and can answer for their ease and convenience. I had suffered severely from a pain in my side, but since I have worn stays similar to this pattern, I have been much better. One yard and a quarter of satteen is sufficient to make them; and three lengths of whalebone, one on each side of the front and another down the middle of the back, should be used. Hooks and eyelet-holes or buttons for fastening." '

Fig.1 Front

Fig.2 Side-piece [Reversed]

Fig.3 The whole of the back.

For further information, please see our article Corset Covers, Protectors and Camisoles.

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