Two Nerdy History Girls: What the Maidservant Wore, c 1770. Like nearly all 18th c women's clothing, regardless of cost, Abby's gown is pinned closed in front (see detail, left). While men's clothing fastened with buttons and ties, women pinned their clothes together with straight pins; the points of the pins were safely buried in the multiple layers of gown and stays. Pinning was not only a neat finish, but also offered an endless, practical range of adjustments to a woman's changing body.
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Adore the shift and stays! From Before the Automobile: Mid 18th century shift
Stays, 1785-1790. (c) McCord Museum, M969X.26. Note straps that wrap around back and hook at the front waist.
reproduction mid 18th century shift (following article by Sharon Ann Burnston) with reproduction 1740s stays - Before the Automobile / Augustintytar
patterns for 18th century stays | Hello everyone!
"The scrubber" André Bouys (1656-1740) Paris, 1737
Chaussure de femme en soie verte gancé de soie et ruban rouge.(c. 1700) V & A : M