Posted by BarbaraK on August 17, 1998 at 20:08:00:
In response to Another "undies" related question, written by caitlin on August 17, 1998 at 12:58:12
] When did a young lady begin wearing a corset? When during pregnancy was a lady allowed to go au natural?
From around the early 1700's to the early 1900's, children of both sexes wore stays or a type of corset from one month to three years, for girls 7 years onwards, when boys were "Breeched" they wore pants and never a support device again.
Women would stay in stays or a corset until they gave birth, becuase as pregant women know it is great to have back support during those last months! Maternity corsets were made and from what I have heard work really well. These items of clothing were not for torture but to aid good posture, and sitting on backless benches. They are quite comfortable! No sane person would try to attempt the famous 17 in. waist because it is not what they were designed for. Also busy working people couldn't afford to faint!
Hope this is helpful,
P.S. My info is from a book called:
Tidings from the 18th Century
written by Beth Gilgun
published by Rebel Pub. co. in 1993
Also from re-printed catoluges from Sears and Roebuck co. (1885) from work
- Men's Stays and a Book Recommendation Marie-Bernadette 10:13:15 8/18/98 (0)
- Period "Stays" of various periods The Mysterious H.C. 04:34:35 8/18/98 (6)
- have I got the meaning off "stays" correct?????????????? Anna-Karin 06:39:46 8/21/98 (2)
- P.S. (Regency vs.Victorian) The Mysterious H.C. 05:11:57 8/18/98 (2)
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