I tried a couple of different things with the bust cups, only to go back to the original, although I did end up adding a bit more coverage to the upper edge and lowered the center back. I also lengthened the lower edge to match back to the dropped-waist and pointed bodice pieces of the dress.
This is the first project that I have used this technique, and I was a bit concerned that I would miss having those raw edges to help match everything up. Well, there was no need to worry. It is quite easy to feel the thread tracing and match it to the next bit of thread tracing. And just think how much more accurate this would be when working with a fabric that frays easily!
Before hand-picking the zipper, I basted one in to check the fit.
I have to say I love all the hand sewing this requires!
The most annoying part of the process comes later on, when the basting has to be ripped out from underneath the final machine stitched seam. That is not so much fun.
After the boning channels were stitched into place, I catch-stitched the trimmed seam allowances into place. Some of the side seams had to be clipped at the waistline to make everything lay flat.
Instead of attaching the waist-stay after the lining was in place, I placed it between the coutil and the lining. I figured this would be more comfortable (especially with the wider grosgrain) and would keep it from digging in at the waist.
The waist-stay was stitched to the seams of the corselette and fed through the buttonhole openings on the lining. The lining was then hand stitched in place along the bottom and zipper edges.
I often get lazy and just use a larger skirt hook & eye, but they can dig in a bit. So I went the more labor intensive route and used four small ones.
So guess what I was doing Friday evening? Ripping out and re-stitching lots of little hook & eyes which have a tendency to fly out of my hand. Then, of course, I had to find the things among all that black fabric.
A pair of bra cups was added, and the top edge basted together (eventually it was bound with my dress fabric). And that is the corselette!