Early Empire Stays
are made according to the extant stays (1790,Victoria and Albert
Museum, London). The stays are made of cotton twill with linen
lining and trimmed with decorative ribbon lacing at the front,
the functional lacing is at the back. The stays are short with
minimum of boning. At the there are back two quilted tabs to
keep skirts from revealing the arch of the lower back, which was
considered indecent. Under the stays is the linen shift made
according to the original (1780 - 1810, Costume Close-up.
Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790) and the underwear
consists also of the shift, silk pair of stocking with
embroidered clocks with garters.