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Bespoke mid-16th/ early 17th century stays.

These stays create the historically correct shape of this period supporting your bust and shaping your waist.
They are made in cotton and/or linen and they are lined with cotton or linen. These stays are boned with flexible steel bones or synthetic whalebone; they feature a large central busk to keep the front stiff and tabs over the hips to protect your skin and support the petticoat/gown.

This pair has back spiral lacing.  

Options for the corset/stays boning:
Half boned stays= flexible steel bones
Full boned stays=  synthetic whalebone


(Difference between flexible steel bones and synthetic whalebones:
the first are heavier, they are less inclined to bend if stored incorrectly or due to body heat but they are more sensitive to perspiration.
The second are lighter and, even if they get slightly bent, the corset can be restored with pressing.
Both types of boning combine stiffness and flexibility suitable for this type of garment and historical time period)


Eyelets can be:
-hand sewn with linen or silk thread
-metal eyelet hand-covered with silk thread (this option has slightly larger eyelets)


The corset will be made in cotton or linen and with the color/colors of your choice: please send a message to check color availability.
*fabric or color availability depends on the suppliers and can change from season to season*


Any design/fabric change and/or any addition of decorative details must be requested before purchase and involve a variation in costs; your fabric choice must be communicated before purchase.

Once you have placed your order, you will receive a list of the measurements that will be needed to make your bespoke garment/ garments plus a diagram / tutorial that will show you how to correctly take those measurements.


Mock-up and fitting:

Before placing your order you can request a mock-up of the corset: for this design is not strictly needed but it's always suggested to request it, for an estimate, please send an email at

The mock up service is provided both for customers who can come by the studio for fittings and for customers living abroad.

Customers living abroad will receive the mock-up via courier: we will schedule a video call in which we are going to check the fitting and, once any changes have been established, the customer will send the prototipe back to Elaine's studio (please note: the cost of the mock-up shipment, return and custom fees are charged to the customer).
The cost of this additional service and shipping plus return costs will be defined in the estimate for the bespoke/custom made garment.

Processing time:
After the purchase, the fabric selection and receiving your measurements it takes about  40 / 60  business days  for the corset to be completed.

Your bespoke order will take part of a production cycle in which other garments and accessories are created. For this reason it's recommended to order your gown in advance of your event/historical re-enactment/wedding date because not always it will be possible to speed your custom order.



This corset will be shipped via DHL Express.
Shipping is tracked and insured: the courier will request a direct signature to deliver the package.

For non EU countries: custom charges are not included in the shipping or item price. Customs charges are to be covered by the customer at delivery.

See shipping policy here.


Company policy:
the item is non-refundable and non retournable: please be careful while taking your measurements and follow the diagram that will be provided to you. See: terms of purchase

16th century stays - bespoke

PrezzoA partire da € 325,00
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