In our last post we went over sewing a French seam to encase our corset boning.
Today we have a close up view of how the boning will fit snugly inside the channel created by the French seam. The above looks pretty narrow to fit 1/4" boning in, and it is but it will fit if you've measured your seam allowances right while sewing.
I'm using 1/4" wide, vintage 1940's Featherbone to stiffen my seams. If you want to refer back to the types of boning, Sarah gave us a really great overview in this post.
I have chosen to bone only the first side front channels marked for boning in the pattern. I'll be using the rest of my boning to stiffen my hook and eye closure at the back, which we'll talk more about in a later post.
Make sure you round the edges of your boning at the top and bottom. This keeps rough corners from wearing through your fabric and eventually poking the daylights out of you. Edges too rough for scissors? Try filing it smooth with a nail file.
Below you can see the boning sticking out of the top of my French seam. It's a really tight fit, but that's to be expected. Just keep wiggling and you'll get it in there.
The whole length of the seam isn't boned, just the first half. This boning is in there pretty tight but just to be sure it doesn't work it's way down the seam some day, there are a few ways you can keep it in place.
My favorite way to do it is with embroidery flossing but I couldn't find any here in the colors I wanted.
|Bridges on the Body has some amazing Corset making posts that I've learned so much from the last several months!|
And there you have it! Next you'll be ready to add your back closure and bind your top and bottom edges.
Sarah put together some beautiful pictures this weekend for us, showing how to add some lovely contrasting bone casings, prepare your back pieces for an eyelet closure, and stitching a nice clean seam for the bone channel.
I love the contrasting bone channels she chose to use, don't you?
Has anyone had any trouble finding garter clips or any other notions you needed?