Despite some health issues, I made it to the first session of the stays class. I was measured and sized (a size 20 via a commercial pattern, which means I have a LONG way to go to get down to size 8 stays, but oh well). The instructor went over how gauge what alterations would be needed very quickly, but I feel as if I didn't pick it up as good as I should have despite studying ALL my costuming books beforehand. Then, the class traced out the various commercial pattern pieces needed to alter themed steam pressed the canvas provided. I tried to steam press the canvas, but I am unsure that I did it right (I only used enough water to get out the wrinkles. I probably should have used more water. I also have a light brown line where I think there was a pretty good crease in it already. My homework for the next two weeks is to make sure all materials given out at the first of the class steam pressed, which, frankly, terrorizes me. I am scared to damage the material. I just have to suck it up and do it. I did learned A LOT of information, but it caused some confusion, which, I am still trying to figure out. Still, I really want to finish the class for a couple of reasons. I REALLY NEED a pair of 18th Century stays (and Regency stays too). I also REALLY want to increase my skills and confidence as a costumer and reenactor as well. I am just staying as positive as I can. I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN!!!!!!