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How to order #030: A "Transition Stay" Fashionable Circa 1796-1806



#030: A Pair of Transition Stays - Pattern $11.00 (US dollars) Kits $37.00 and $39.50 as follows:

Linen Kit with linen thread $37.00 (US dollars), Linen kit with green silk thread $39.50 (US dollars). Each kit includes everything needed to make a pair of transition stays by hand.

The #030 pattern was pulled, with permission, from the extant garment in the Danvers' Historical Society in Danvers, Massachusetts. The threads appear to be hand spun and the fabric appears to be hand woven of linen warp and cotton weft. The thread count is approximately 40 warp and 36 weft. The pieces are sewn together with linen thread, perhaps the thread used to weave the fabric. The stiffening is whalebone. While the front is fully-boned the back and sides are partially boned. Variations of the front boning from Conner Prairie Museum in Fishers, Indiana and The Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania are included with the pattern.

Detailed Historical Notes explaining and documenting what is unique about a pair of transition stays are included in the pattern package.

This pattern is sized 8-14, 16-20, 22-26 in B, C and D cups. Sizes 8 through 14 require 1/2 Yd. fashion fabric and 2/3 Yd. lining; sizes 16 through 20 require 3/4 Yd. fashion fabric and 7/8 Yd. lining and sizes 22 through 26 require 7/8 Yd. of fashion fabric and 1 Yd. of lining.


Reed: Past Patterns sells reed for the stays by the l lb. bundle - $12.00 or by size. Sizes 8-14 $6.00, sizes 16-20 $8.00, sizes 22-26 $10.00.

Metal Bands: Past Patterns sells the set of metal bands that are inserted in the horizontal breast-bone casings that make a transition stays unique - $3.00 a pair.

The stay is worn with Past Patterns' #031 Circa 1796-1806 Lewis & Clark Era Front Closing Gown. Past Patterns is also developing three high waisted short gowns and two petticoats of the era to be ready in the Spring of 2005.

Patterns for the shift and day cap may be purchased from Kannik's Korner at:

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Nancy Rexford for editing the Introduction and allowing Past Patterns to reprint portions of "Frocks and Curls." Thanks to the Danvers Historical Society; the Connecticut Historical Society; Ericka Mason at Conner Prairie; Alden O'Brien at the DAR in Washington, DC; the Farmers‚ Museum in Cooperstown, NY; Margaret Ordonez at the University of RI; Kristina Haugland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the SPNEA; Paula Richter at the Peabody-Essex Museum; Megan Spagnolo at Western Reserve Historical Society; the Kansas City Museum; the Chester County Historical Society; Marianna Klaiman and The Hermitage, Ho Ho Kus, NJ; the ladies in the workshops at MOMCC; Travellers Rest in Nashville; and Katy Depot in St. Charles, Missouri, who enthusiastically tested the pattern; and the people who generously opened their homes to me when I traveled to research.

This pattern is copyrighted July 1, 2000 and is for personal non-commercial use only. Dressmakers and other commercial users contact Past Patterns.

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