There is a reason why I majored in 'the arts'.

I started drawing out the stay patterns yesterday. A bit of based off measurements, a bit haphazard guessing (I forgot about some random measurements that would have been good to know, but overall it's nothing that can be easily adjusted in a fitting).

Then of course, I realize that I'm drafting according to Sapphire's exact measurements....crap.

Ok, so I need to have plenty of 'gap-age' in the back. Which mean's I whacked off a 1/2 inch on each piece. Being a 4 piece stay pattern, that's 2 inches on each side, totalling 4 inches total. I'm also taking into consideration a 'post-Greece "weight gain" ' weight loss. Not that she really has room to loose weight. By taking down 4 inches on her measurements this means that the bust measurements are 24" and her waist is 20". Seriously.

I'm tempted just to steal stays from the Nordiskmuseet.

Anyways- What I want to know, is how the hell did I manage to take off the necessary measurements, and the waist came out perfect, but the bust was only a 1/4 inch smaller than the original measurements? What the hell did I do? Ugh. I hate math. Grrr.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.


  1. Ah, you're just one step ahead of me on the drafting stays thing, and I'm a little scared! This post is a great help, and I know you'll get it right :-). It'll be cool to watch you work on this project as I work on mine :-D

  2. Drafting is so freaking tricky! It looks right when I drew it, basing it off of stays I've made before, and my information I have at my disposal (not tons, but some)...I actually fixed my problem, I'm just an idiot who can't do math, my measurements were only a little off, so technically it should be correct now, but I think it's too long (even though it's based off her measurements)

    Stays...tricky little bastards. I really want to test it out on someone who's at least remotely close to her size..but my boobs are just mocking me as I fiddle with it. God I hope it fits....


  3. Ooooh. Yeah, stays are very tricky to draft. Do you use a dress form?

    I am excited to see the finished results!


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