My journey into corset making has perhaps not proven to be so mad after all. When I left you yesterday, I had the pattern drawn and cut out, pieces all put together (right side up-at least the second time round) and the binding attached. I wasn’t sure about leaving the seam allowances untrimmed and attaching the binding so early in the game. Neither decision turned out to be a bad one. I was worried about the actual strength of my seams. When I pulled on them (simulating the force of a tightened corset) I could see light through the seam. It made me feel that there was too much “give” and it wouldn’t be able to “take” it. So how to solve that? My move wasn’t pretty but neither was it all that ugly.
I decided to run one of my sewing machine’s decorative stitches up each seam. It didn’t turn out as decorative as I had hoped but it did seem to make things a lot more sturdy.
My next step was to join the lining to the fashion fabric on the grommet end and add the busk.
I laid the busk where I thought it should go and chalked in the sewing lines and the spaces for the sticky-outy things to go. And zip, zip-done. The lining was now attached to either end and there was a space for half the busk.
I then had to do the same thing on the other side, only this time, punching little holes for the posts to come through. I was even bright enough to make sure that the posts and sticky-outy bits lined up before punching holes! I then sewed in the lines that held the busk in place and I sewed in the channels for the metal boning. I used my current functional corset to help me remember where all the channels and bones needed to go.
I did it so perfectly that didn’t have to fight with any of the bones to get them in and my lining side looks even lovelier than the fashion side-just like the Dreamstress. Ahem. Ok. There was a quite a bit of pushing with all my might on a couple of the bones and the inside is embarrassing. But, it is my first corset, there was no pattern or instructions, it looks like it will actually be functional, and no one will ever see that side anyway.
I did try stitching in the ditch. It worked out very well on the fashion side but not so well on the lining side. I know it would have worked better if I would have hand sewn it but that was more work than I was willing to do.
All that is left is to whip stitch the back half of the bias tape down, cut off dangling threads, hammer in the grommets (there will be some interesting sounds coming out of my office during my dinner break this afternoon) and put in the cording. I could conceivably have this done by bedtime tonight.
I’m wondering how comfortable this corset will be. I have in my imagination, the idea that it might be more comfortable than a brand new corset because the bones had already conformed to my shape. Granted, I did not make sure to get the bones in the exact same location so perhaps it wont be all that much better.