So I changed the neckline of the stays: Here you can see how the stays looked before. Now the stays fit better.
Related: Edwardian Haymaking With The Scythe
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.
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‘.