A close up of the coutil fabric. Coutil is a super tightly woven canvas-like fabric that is used as the foundation of corsets.
Attaching the coutil to the fashion fabric along the seamline (where I want the seams to be). After sewing, press flat.
After cutting out and adding coutil to two pieces, I sewed them together. Note the fun in pinning opposing curves!
You're then going to cover each seam with prussian tape, and stitch along each side of the tape to tack it down. Press after sewing.
A close up of the prussian tape: this is 1" wide softly woven tape, that has the flexibility of bias tape, but is far sturdier and doesn't ravel.
At the ends of each chain of pattern pieces (5 per side of the corset) I satin stitched the edge. I would have serged it if I had a serger, but that's how it goes.
Still to be completed: putting together the lining, attaching the bone casing, putting in the bones (perhaps cutting and tipping bones as well), attaching lining to the corset, putting on the hooks and eyes, and adding grommets. It looks like I'll have time to make myself a shiny new corset as well!