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> Conversely, how does the caning hold up in washable garb, please?
I honestly couldn't say as I've never had to wash any of my boned
garments. And I wear the 18th century stays quite heavily.
Lemme explain. Number one, your shift protects your stays from getting
dirty from sweat and bodily oils. Number two, the lining of the stays
is only slip-stitched to the stays at the interior seams. So you can
remove this and either wash it or discard it when it's too dirty. I've
had my stays for 3 1/2 years and I haven't replaced my lining yet. But
this is what people in the 18th century did when their linings got
dirty. So if mine ever shows signs of soil, I will replace it. That's
the whole reason why it's just slip-stitched at the seams and not sewn
in with the boning like the other layers. =)
Now, that being said, this is information from the 18th century, not
the 16th. We only have two sets of extant 16th century bodys and
neither of them have slip-stitched linings (and neither do my replicas
of them). But the men's doublets do! So if you're very concerned
about your bodys and other boned garments getting dirty from the
inside, slip-stitch you lining in and then wash that when it needs it.
But as I said, I've been wearing my shift under my stays for 3 1/2
years of monthly wear (dancing, serving food, 100 degree heat...) and
my stays have never needed a wash yet. =)
For dirt on the outside of garments, I just spot clean.
I've also been told that you can hand wash garments boned with reeds.
I have never done it personally, but the routine goes like this: fill
a shallow basin with warm water and a mild detergent; submerse your
boned garment; swish a bit; dry flat.
> Thanks for all your help with this issue, Kass -- it's not having to
> reinvent the wheel for every garment one makes, that makes it
> for many of us to make accurate clothing.
Woo HOO! And I'm all for that, Gillian! Glad ot have been of help.