Your Cart

1830s Corded Stays (Lydia)

On Sale
Added to cart
This is a 6-panel (plus 4 bust and 2 (or 4) hip gussets and 2 straps) late Regency-inspired corded corset pattern. It has a gentle curve as was fashionable in the Regency period (1795-1837). Sizes (UK) 8 -24 (US 4 - 20). This is not a beginner level pattern - intermediate to advanced skills an advantage.

Note – no lacing gap is factored into this pattern however an alternative line is given to use if a 2'' lacing gap is preferred.

The corset length measures either 40.5 or 44.5cm at the centre front and 48cm or 55cm at the centre back - two lengths are detailed on the pattern. See the measurements in the photo above. Pick the closet under-bust size and amend the waist and hip. Instructions are given for amending the torso length. The standard pattern given has a 14cm vertical measurement between the waist and under-bust (plus a 10cm example size UK 12/ US 8 for illustration purposes). The gussets need to sit at the correct position (normal bra band) and therefore an element of adjustment/ toile testing will be required in most cases.

The cording layout is shown for panel 1 and 6 with panel 1 being laid out 'mirrored' for printing - this is so the entire centre front can be placed on the fabric for tracing allowing for perfect symmetry (so flipping the pattern over at the CF to trace will not be necessary). The mid panel 4 cording is marked after assembly to ensure the cording flows seamlessly from panel 1 to 4 across the seams, so boning channels are not marked on this panel (nor on the corded waist section of panel 6).

This pattern is drafted in AutoCAD and available as an instant download - you will need to print out on size letter (A) or A4 paper, making sure 'actual size' and 'centre the print' is ticked in your print dialogue box.

It is recommended that you make a toile once you have tweaked the pattern for size – at this stage you can slice and spread or nip and tuck, and lengthen/shorten if need be, and transfer these amendments to your pattern to ensure a perfect fitting corset. This is quite a long design so the bones may need to be cut short of the bottom to allow for ease of sitting.

Please take a look at my website where I have lots of information about corset making and where it is more cost-effective to buy this design (non EU countries only sorry).

There are no restrictions on the use of this pattern - use to your heart's content. I simply ask that you don't pass on the file or use it to, say, profit from a line of ready-to-wear corsets.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (802KB)
  • PDF (4MB)
  • PDF (330KB)
  • PDF (491KB)