Civil War Era Past Pattern
1820s-1840s Corded Stays
The stay fastens and adjusts in the back with laces. A busk made of wood, like the one pictured at right, kept the front of the stay straight.
The fabric from which the originals were made is undyed fine cotton drill and medium-weight white linen.
The pattern is multi-sized 10 through 20. All sizes require 1-1/8 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric.