This patterned, silk handwoven tape is based off of seam cover tape on a pair of extant 1730s stays.  The original stays belonged to Lucy Bartlett Meigs of Guilford, CT and are held at the Henry Whitfield State Museum.  She may have worn them for her wedding.

 

The patterned portion of this tape is made by plying 2 strands of silk together on a spinning wheel, while the edges of the tape pattern are warped with single strands of silk.  

 

This tape is designed to be used as a decorative cover for stays seams, but can be used for other purposes as well.  Since this tape is woven as a pick up pattern, the design is only on one side.  It is approximately 3/8" wide.

 

*Price listed is per yard of tape.

1730s Silk Seam Tape

$16.00Price