We will be making stays in the 18th century manner. We strongly encourage participants to sew the entire pair of stays by hand in order to produce stays that fit well, are easy to remodel in case of weight loss or gain, and can easily be repaired in the case of any broken boning. However, if you are unable to do so, you can sew the channels by machine, with the rest done by hand. As people have discovered in our other workshops, when constructing items in the 18th century way, hand sewing is easier and produces better results than machine sewing. Besides, you can do it anywhere and it's very relaxing!
All materials for your stays will be supplied for the workshop, including linen canvas, thread (please advise if you are planning on sewing your channels by hand or machine), boning, leather binding and stay cord.
All skill levels are welcome; stay making is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Some knowledge of hand sewing is helpful but not necessary.
Instructors: Hallie Larkin & Steph Smith
To register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 10 & 11, 2012 -- 9:30-4pm Location: Fort 4 in Charlestown, NH
November 17 & 18, 2012 -- 9:30-4pm Location: Natick, MA