The bodice foundation is together. I assembled the front pieces the same way I assembled the back, with separate pieces for the channels. The big difference is that on the front piece I pinned the channel piece in place and sewed from the front with the stitch in the ditch of the already sewn. That way it will be nice and neat when seen from the interior of the finished garment.
The final boning channel panel was pinned in place at the center front.
Then I sewed, pressed, and folded the panels around just the way I would on the center front of a corset with a busk, except that I don't have to insert a busk because this bodice will lace in front.
Then the channels were sewn. You can see above that the seam at the center front is the only one I didn't trim, that's so there is more fabric for the grommets to grip. Once all the channels were done I sewed the front and back halves together at the side seams. And pressed. And graded. And pressed again. Here it is from the side the will be covered with the fashion fabric.
And here it what it will look like from the interior.
The question now is how to finish the holes for the lacing? The holes are close together, just 1/2 inch between each. Grommets will take up a lot of space, but hand bound eyelets? I knew sooner or later I'd have to tackle hand bound eyelets, but is that time now?