So far, the process has essentially mirrored the first corset, except for a few things worth mentioning.
1) I attached the bias tape to the front center pieces of the corset prior to installing the busk pieces. This had to be done prior to stitching the outer and middle layer center front pieces together so that the busk could still be inserted.
2) Using my awl to poke holes in the right side of the corset for the busk notches to go through was much more difficult with the bias tape added to the fabric. I wound up having to poke pretty large holes, almost halfway down the awl since the fabric didn’t stretch well to go around the knobs.
3) The remaining black bias tape stripes were sewn onto the outer layer of brocade corset fabric along the right and left of the seam lines for the most part. They mark where the boning channels will be sewn in. I originally thought I might be able to use the bias tape as the channels, but by the time you stitch the tape onto the fabric, the 1/2″ boning will not fit inside. I will stitch the boning channels with white thread just outside the bias tape edges.
4) The last two bias tape lines I stitched had to be done before the inner and outer layers of the corset were placed right sides together and stitched. I measured based on my last corset and placed the bias tape accordingly. When I attach the corset layers, I will stitch along the outermost edge of the last bias tape line.
This is as far as I have gotten for now. In other news, I received a package with the boots that I ordered for this costume. I ordered from my favorite online Steampunk clothing site. They arrived in a package with this super cute sticker on the outside.
In case you can’t quite read the letters, it says “Delivered via dirigible priority airship service” on the SS. Clockwork Caravel. I love it! And inside the bag, was a very pretty Victorian style box.
I do love opening items that come in really fun and creative packaging, and these boots were no exception. The boots themselves were true to size when I tried them on, and more comfortable than I expected. I still intend to wear them out a couple times to break them in before DragonCon. The leather is pretty supple, but I want to make sure my feet can take the heels for an extended period of time (even though they are not too high). The price on these was not too bad in my mind, about $50.
I think Elizabeth wears completely black boots in a Victorian style similar to these, however, I felt these saddle style boots would match better with the black and white tones of the corset. Cheers!