As you may remember from my last post, the baby stays need fashion fabric. The wool I had intended to use was a bit too bulky, so I searched my scrap stash (that is, fabrics leftover from previous projects) and I decided to use a scrap of dull green linen because:
a) I have plenty of it.
b) It’s a fairly lightweight fabric so it should work well for the summer.
In a quick scan of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collections I found this example:
|Women's stays, mid 18th century Accession Number 1903-135|
The fashion fabric is a glazed wool that is the same kind of green as my fabric.
|Child's stays, c.1770-1790 Accession Number 1988-15-1|
The fashion fabric is a gold coarse, plain weave linen.
So I did.
I covered the outer part of the stays...
I had to piece the fabric together at the bottom front since the fabric was a little too short.
I whip stitched the fabric to the lining.
And whip stitched each panel together.
And I thought that they were almost complete, that I just needed to make the eyelets.
However, Mrs. Peabody recently blogged in her post TextileThoughts about ceasing to use linen colors that are not documented, such as green.
This is a bummer because:
a) I had thought that the project was nearly complete.
b) I made a petticoat with this linen that I'll have to retire. And I used a scrap to line my absolutely favorite accessory, my needlework bag, which will have to take apart and redo. : (
Sew. Does it seem too much of a stretch to use green linen for baby stays? Or should I snip it off and start over?