We're almost done with the mock-ups. Hooray. A quick reminder, the discounts offered to sew along participants expire this weekend. If you are just joining the sew along and still need a few supplies, or if you just want to take advantage of a wonderful offer, you have until this Sunday, January 15th. Thank you Caitlin and Julia for supporting the sew along!
Today we'll attach lacing strips and insert boning. You will need the lacing strips, 1 inch wide masking tape, four of the 1/2 inch wide bones.
Line the edge of the lacing strip against the center back edge of the corset. Remember how we we did not add seam allowance to the center back when tracing the pattern to muslin? It's so we can just line the edges up. My lacing strip happens to be the same length as the center back, but if yours is shorter just center it so there is an equal amount of the center back panel at the top and bottom of the strip.
Sew the strip to the back panel with a long stitch length.
I sewed through the empty channel, but you can sew next to it if you like. Now take two of the 1/2 inch wide bones and slide them in the channels at the center front.
I often fit unboned mock-ups, but a couple of bones can help when fitting. Usually I construct channels by sewing bias binding on the mock-up, but this time I'm trying something new. Tape. If I were a lady of means having a toile fit at a professional altelier and saw boning held on by tape I'd be appalled. And if I were the cutter at such an altelier I'd never dream of using tape for a paying client. But in the comfort of my own home, making a corset for myself, I can use whatever techniques I like to make the fitting process efficient and effective. And this seems like one worth checking out. So then, tape. Take a piece of 1 inch wide tape and center the boning on the sticky side. In the picture below you can see the tape, the boning, and the boning on the tape.
Tape the DIY casing near the side seam of the corset, so the third seam of the post Edwardian, or near the second on the Corsets and Crinolines pattern. Place it so the bone is near the top edge of the corset.
Mine is a bit low in the image above, but you get the idea. Here's the finished mock-up with the seam allowances showing,
and from the other side.
I'll go over fitting on Monday. If you have any questions while constructing the mock-up be sure to ask. For those of you new to sewing, don't worry if the mock up is not beautiful. It's just a tool to get us where we're going, no need get down on yourself if a seam is a bit wobbly. Have fun!