Pastel Beauty



Shannon Curtis

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Outline the story …

This pair of 18th-century stays was inspired by the original tale of "Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. I took inspiration from the dark side of the story and created a garment that would help create a brightly colored look, but still, fit in with the dark storyline. I wanted to illustrate a pastel-goth style with the light-colored rose printed cotton and contrast it with a mossy green bias binding.

Outline the construction…

The pattern used was from Butterick B4254, pattern B. The project was mainly hand-sewn, besides the machine-sewn boning channels. Although I thought the eyelets would be the simplest construction detail, I quickly realized it was a long learning process to get them approximately the same size throughout. The stays fit well around the waist, but the straps are too close to the arm and cause some discomfort but can be fixed in the next pair of stays!




  1. Avatar Kristina on March 11, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Incredible work! Love it.

  2. Avatar Laura Holland on March 11, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Very good corset- hard to see how good over the top of a modern black dress.

  3. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Lovely corset. I love the fabric choices. I only hope my first corset looks as nice. Best of luck x

  4. Avatar Divya Ramasamy Venkatesamoorthy on March 12, 2021 at 6:38 am

    Looks superb, and so neat! I would love to be able to make stays/corset one day, and to have it come out as well as yours. I love the pattern and the colours too.

  5. Avatar Meg on March 12, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    What a beautiful set of stays!

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    What a great fit you have managed to achieve. It is really lovely <3

  7. Avatar Anne on March 12, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Oh, they are stunning!! And for a beginner’s project… well done you!! I love the material and the contrasting binding. Absolutely beautiful.

  8. Avatar Effi on March 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    great job! handstitched eyelets for a beginner… wow! you start the hard way…… they look very neat!
    the bias tape has a very nice color and matches the beautiful fabric of roses! You really can be proud!

  9. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I made my first 18th century stays from this same pattern back in 2007, and I was far from a beginner at that point, but these blow them out of the water. Beautiful work!

  10. Avatar Katherine on March 17, 2021 at 2:51 am

    These are beautiful! I love the idea. The fabric is awesome.

  11. Avatar Suzi Smart on March 17, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    The fabric choice is great. I love how the binding complements it so well. Great construction and inspiration for us beginners who have yet to attempt stays.

  12. Avatar Vanessa Knobel on March 20, 2021 at 9:22 am

    I love your fabric choice, and the mossy green binding compliments it perfectly! Beautiful job on these stays!

  13. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Wow, very nice! I love that fabric, pretty much the same as what I would have chosen for the same project! Well done, thank you!

  14. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 23, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    The shape of these stays is lovely and the finishings look impeccable! I also love the fabric choice and the contrasting green binding, lovely work! Well done on your first set of stays, they came out absolutely beautifully!

  15. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

    These look great, well done!

  16. Avatar Benigna on March 26, 2021 at 10:24 am

    These looks great, especially for a first one.

  17. Avatar Bianca on March 29, 2021 at 4:35 am

    They look great! I love the fabric and binding. Great job.

  18. Avatar Lowana O'Shea on March 29, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Lovely work 🙂 I too made some stays from this pattern years ago. You did a great job with yours, well done!

  19. Avatar Leah on April 1, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    No way you’re a beginner. Just gorgeous! Hope for me yet.

  20. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    This fabric is just gorgeous and perfect for Beauty and the Beast! Great choice in contrast colors.

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