Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

Victorian working women often wore black wool stays instead of corsets. A while ago, I sewed black wool stays for a Victorian working woman outfit but I didn’t like the shape of the stays anymore.

So I changed the neckline of the stays: Here you can see how the stays looked before. Now the stays fit better.

Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

My Inspiration

My inspiration were antique paintings of similar black wool stays: Victorian black wool stays, black stays with spiral lacing and back view of black stays.

Related: Edwardian Haymaking With The Scythe

Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

Sewing Details

My stays are made from one layer of black wool or wool-blend fabric from my stash. The stays are unboned, but the thick fabric gives enough support.

The eyelets are handsewn. And I made a DIY corset lacing needle with silver wire.

Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

Paintings Of Victorian Working Women

You’ll find more paintings and photos of Victorian and Edwardian working women on my pinterest board ‘Victorian And Edwardian Working Class Clothes‘.

Related: History Of Haymaking – How To Make Hay With A Scythe

Victorian Working Woman Black Wool Stays

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