Wow. Week seven of the sew along. Just a bit of finishing and our corsets will be complete, right on schedule. Yea. Today we'll finalize the shaping of the top and bottom edges, and sew the trim to the bottom. Thanks for the input regarding trim colors for my corset. I decided to go with the aqua. The red did seem more predictable, and I've already gone crazy with the Liberty print, why get predictable now? So, let's not dilly dally, to the sewing machine!
Throw some laces through those newly set grommets and try the corset on. If you want to change the shape of the top or bottom edges neatly draw the desired line with chalk, or you can use artist's tape, to mark the top and bottom edges. Once you've determined the shape cut the excess off. To make certain both halves are the same I cut one side, lay it on top of the other, face to face, mark the other side, then cut.
Then finish the bottom of the corset by placing 2 inch wide bias trim next to the edge, face to face, and stitch the trim anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the edge. I sewed mine 3/8 of an inch from the edge.
Fold the bias over the allowance and press.
Wrap the bias trim over the edge of the corset, folding the raw edge of the trim under.
Sew 1/16 from the original seam.
Here is the trim from the exterior of the corset, and the interior.
The ends can either be tucked in, or just cut off. Leaving them raw is perfectly period! Here are the edges on the original post Edwardian I used to make the pattern.
It took a lot of wear to fray the raw edge to that point. Will your corset get that much wear? If not and you don't feel like fiddling with folding trim go ahead and cut it off. I'm think of living dangerously myself and not tucking the ends when I sew the trim on top. Tomorrow we'll insert the boning!