Now its time to sew the bottom of the corset to start putting boning in.
For this corset I did some research and I felt I didn’t have enough boning. I wanted more support for the bust area.
Make sure you measure correctly for the boning. You don’t want them to be too long as you need to have room for the top bias to cover the edges. Better to be to short then to long.
I used double fold bias tape. You can make your own if you like. Now I pinned the bias tape on the edges and make sure to line it up correctly with the edges.
Here you can see I stitched right on the first fold and let me tell you that boning moves on you at times. I broke 2 needles… little bugger.
This pattern calls for adding a ribbon to the top of the corset. I wanted to try this; so it will hug my top part better. Before you sew the bias tape down on the other side, you place the ribbon at the end and I cupped it on both side of the corset and sewn back and forth on both sides of the ribbon. Going through front, corset material and back of the ribbon. I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t ever break.
This is how it looks on the front side after pinning the bias tape down on the other side. I know you can see the pink ribbon color coming through. It’s fine for me I will be decorating later and it will have embroidery to match.
To make sure I get everything even and placed right. I basted the bias tape down on the inside. I did it in another color, so it will be easy to see it when I take it out after I sew it with white.
To make sure you don’t see the stitches I sew it by hand with a whip stitch small as possible. Boy this was a lot of work. But well worth it, it looks so clean on the front.
Before you start putting in your rivets, make sure you use a ruler to measure each rivets placement and mark it about an inch apart. Depending on how many rivets you want. The more you have the better. This way it will distribute the stress on the corset evenly throughout. You can see I used a pen to place my rivets holes.
I bought a rivet tool kit and let me tell you its worth every penny. They aren’t that much but well worth it. I have done rivets without it before and its hard and they don’t come out as nice.
This is the tool to make the hole for the rivets they give you some wood to put behind it as it cut the material out. Couple hits with the hammer.
Look how nice and even this hole is after using this punching tool. You don’t even have to hit the hammer really that hard. It comes out so nice and clean.
After making the hole you put the rivet with the long inner shank through the hole. Place the top rivet on it. It it a couple of time and its set. What a great tool.
Here is the back all finished riveted. Now lace it up and you’re ready to try it on.
I had to tie it in the front due to I put this on by myself. Now its time to decorate it.