Sorry I seem to have disappeared! Everything is half-way done it seems (and I'm trying to plan a wedding amidst it all). I've managed to assemble my stays, and they fit beautifully, but I'm having difficulty finding decent ash splints. Both places I ordered from sent me something akin to balsam wood. I'm headed to a local source tomorrow to beg, so we'll see how that goes. I'm also preparing for the riding habit workshop at the end of the month by building a shirt and a petticoat. The shirt will be made into it's own post of construction techniques, since I learned soooo much while building it. This project has already been a wonderful test of finding decent (and correct) materials. I'm going with a light worsted wool in a dull green basing it on a 1774 fashion article mentioning "pearl green" as one of the popular riding habit colors for the year. That's coming from WM Booth. I also was recommended the "silk" velvet from Design Diva Fabrics for the cuffs and collar, which I'm getting in a coffee tone. Linen lining and shirt are all left-overs from the usual places. Silk for lining the visible parts will come from Burnley and Trowbridge (they have just the perfect color!!). Lace for the shirt I ordered from Garden Fairies Trading Company. I feel a bit like I'm getting off the usual topic, but it seems to take almost as much time finding the materials as it does building!
So, back to the usual. Here are some poorly taken images of the last time I tried on my stays:
Hopefully I'll get some boning soon and can finish those up for the workshop as well!