This is our modern interpretation of stays (18th century corset), named Evanna.
Our Evanna corsets are designed to make you look like you’re stepping out of a historical drama, and ready to live your modern life with a bit of old-timey romance.
These 18th century inspired modern stays with beautiful patterned fabrics can be made on a variety of different colors and fabrics, as you can see in the pictures. Some are made out of patterned woven cotton brocade with metallic inserts, while others are made of synthetic blends, taffeta, patterned cotton and so on.
All of these stays are drafted and handmade by us. We made the patterns ourselves in our home atelier, chose the fabrics for their quality, cut and sewn the corsets with the utmost care and regard for the type of fabric it’s made of and with the durability of the item in mind.
Properly cared for, this garment should last for many years.
Because the Evanna stays are highly adjustable, as one’s weight fluctuates through the years, the wearer doesn’t need to repurchase the stays when the wearer naturally goes up or down in size.
Wear and versatility has been the most important factors in designing these garments: the wearer can dress up or down these stays and wear them with different outfits, from casual outfits with jeans and a turtleneck as depicted in the pictures to more fancier outfits for elegant occasions.
These stays can also be worn to renaissance fairs and such, if worn in combination with other such items like long full skirts, chemises, aprons and so on.
All of these stays are highly adjustable.
The pattern includes 2 side panels (one on each side) from where the wearer can adjust the corset to their specific size. The stays are fully boned with synthetic boning. They have 16 bones, with the purpose of giving the garment its shape, and mildly supporting the wearers bust. They are not meant to drastically chinch the waist, only to mildly smoothen the shape of the torso.
The beautiful sateen bows are not just decorative, but they can be untied, controlling how high or low the top sits on your bust. You can choose to tie the ribbons lower, exposing more of the chest, or tie them higher, covering the chest completely.
Because the top is boned and adjusts with lacing, it cinches the waist and bust, lifting the breasts and giving the torso an elegant slimmed look, accentuating the curves of the body. No bra is needed when wearing this dress. The top, when laced tight, is very supportive to the bust.
While a lot of thought and care was put into the design and construction of these garments, these are fashion items and not stays (or corsets) meant for tightlacing or for remodeling one’s body.
Please wear this item as it was intended.
Care instructions: This item is not designed to be worn next to bare skin, and should be worn over another garment (T-shirt, chemise, blouse, camisole etc.). If worn over another garment, as instructed, the stays do not need to be washed, as the garment worn underneath will protect the stays from sweat or skin oils. If the garment gets dirty, it is advised to wash it by hand with soap in lukewarm water, and hang to dry or dry laid flat on a towel. We do not recommend washing it in the washing machine and drying it in a tumble drier. If this is done (washing machine/ tumble drier), the stays can be damaged.
Free tracked shipping on all orders! Shipping will take 1-2 weeks!