Transitional Stays, Jumps and Regency Corsets

From the late 1790s through the 1830s, stays as we know it went through a brief metamorphosis into softer, less boned, and less dramatic silhouettes. However it’s important to remember that some folks (especially older women who were comfortable with their fashion or poorer populations who couldn’t afford to keep up with the changing fashion) continued wearing their older stays for as long as possible, and there was much overlap of fashions of both over- and under-clothing).

Around 1790s, transitional stays started bridging the gap and replacing what we know of as more traditional 18th century Georgian stays (or pair of bodies). Transitional stays were were shorter, often tabbed stays that stopped at the low ribs or natural waistline (rather than the hipbones) and were often less continuously boned and/or reeded. We also begin to see more bust gussets and event individual bust cups, although this became more popular in later decades.

Transitional Stays
Regency Short Stays
Regency Long Stays
Patterns and Sewing tutorials

Transitional stays:

Nemuro Corsets Made to Measure 1790 Transitional Stays, $350+ USD

 

Vozisova Corsets 1790 Regency Stays, $190+ USD

 

KG Jach 1780s Transitional Stays, $429 USD

 

Lady Jane’s Clothing 1790’s Transitional Stays Corset, $179

 

Fiorentina Costuming 1790s-1800s Regency Transitional Stays, $190 USD

 

Half-Boned Stays by Samson Historical, $185 USD

 

Period Corsets “Marie” 1790 Transitional Corset Stays, $447 USD

 

RedThreaded 1790s Transitional Stays, $310

 

MPardo Couture “Caroline” Corset (modern interpretation inspired by late Georgian stays), $674 USD

 

Around the beginning of the 19th century, we start to see the stays became even shorter and softer, with gores or even individual bust cups (gathered using a ribbon drawstring, or shirred) to lift and separate. It was around this time that we also begin to see overlapping of terminology, with some groups in France using “corsets” to differentiate these newer experimental undergarments from the older “stays” (but this differentiation and newer adoption of terminology wasn’t perfectly clean). Today, the corsets below are often referred to as “short stays”. Short stays also paved the way to more minimalistic Regency brassieres which featured no lacing, but straps that overlapped (imagine a wrap-skirt).

Short Stays and Regency Brassieres:

Paupers Modiste 1805-1820 Regency Short Stays, $115+ USD Made to Order

 

Fashions From The Past Regency Short Stays Corset (Custom), $180 USD

 

Miss Parlic 1800-1820 Regency Corset Stays, $208 USD

 

Beyond Time Regency Corset EC501, $99 USD (this shop has half a dozen other styles of Regency short stays)

 

Royal Tailor Regency Corset, $120 USD

 

Throwback Stitches Regency Short Stays, $89 USD

 

Atelier Vintage Rose 19th Century Regency Corset Stays, $99 USD

 

Nemuro Corsets Made to Measure 1800-1820 Regency Short Stays Corset, $240+ USD

 

Lady Janes Clothing Regency Short Stays, $136 USD

 

Gillian Stapleton Early Regency Stays Corset (completely handsewn), $265 USD

 

Vozisova Corsets Regency Bustier Short Stays, $190 USD

 

Another Era By Emma Regency Short Stays, Made to Measure (Can be Personalized), $195 USD

 

Lucy Wilkins “Bridgerton style” Regency Short Stays, $132 USD

 

Inna Tiourine “Jane Austen” Regency Short Stays in your choice of two different lengths, $171 USD

 

Fiorentina Costuming Regency Short Stays 1800’s Bustier, $165 USD

 

Au Temps des Corsets Regency Short Stays 1820’s Corset, $159 USD

 

As fashionable waistlines migrated upwards towards empire waists, it appears that women had their choice of undergarments. For those who still enjoyed or felt more comfortable with lower abdominal support, Regency long stays were one of the first “longline” undergarments which extended low over the hip – but they were softer, with minimal boning – often mostly corded (for this reason, historians often differentiate between stays, corsets, and their softer cousins, “jumps”). We also begin to see more experimentation with fan lacing and straps, but most still had traditional lacing systems.

Long Regency Stays and Jumps:

Paupers Modiste 1805-1820 Regency Long Stays (Made to Order), $179+ USD

 

Fiorentina Costuming 1820s Corded Stays, $420 USD

 

Lady Janes Clothing 1830s Early Victorian Corded Corset, $179 USD

 

Period Corsets “Patricia” 1805 Regency Long Stays, $373 USD

 

Period Corsets “Ada” 1835 Regency Long Stays, $373 USD

 

Valentine Crafts Store 1830’s Corded Corset Stays, $320 USD

 

Nemuro Corsets Made to Measure Regency Corset Stays, $415 USD

 

Beyond Time Regency Corset EC531, $175 USD

 

The late 1830s saw an explosion of change, with Queen Victoria taking the throne in 1838 (and thus popular fashion quickly adapting to her tastes) as well as the industrial revolution bringing about split busks, steel boning and eyelets, and more efficient manufacturing. Through the 1840s to 60s, we see a quick evolution into what we now recognize as a Victorian corset.

~Patterns & Tutorials~

Corsets by Caroline Transitional 1795 Regency Stays Corset Pattern (PDF download), $14
Redthreaded 1790s Transitional Stays Corset Pattern (PDF download), $20 USD

 

Corsets by Caroline Regency Short Stays Corset Pattern (PDF download), $13 USD

 

Corsets by Caroline Regency “Bralet” Pattern (PDF download), $11 USD

 

RH Patterns RH834 1800s Regency Stays Pattern (PDF download), $14 USD

 

Laughing Moon 1805-1840 Regency Long and Short Corset Stays Patterns (paper pattern), $16 USD

 

Mantua Maker Patterns 1800-1820 Corset Stays Pattern (paper pattern), $10 USD

 

Corsets by Caroline Regency Stays Pattern Collection (PDF download), $30 USD

 

Black Snail Patterns 1830s Corset Sewing Pattern (PDF Download), $7.29 USD

H/T and further reading:

The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele (the corset history bible)

Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh (oodles of primary source material)

Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen (also includes patterns)

Difference between stays, jumps & corsets (informative article by The Dreamstress)

 

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