|Front view an the mannequin|
The finishing touches included binding the top and bottom of the corset, stitching the flossing (decorative stitches that help keep the boning in place) and neatening and finishing all of the edges inside the corset.
I used strips of blue linen cut on the bias (diagonally across the material to allow some stretch) to bind the edges of the corset. These strips were hand-stitched to the corset from the outside and then folded over and slip-stitched to the inside to cover and reinforce the raw edges.
|Applying the linen binding to the edges of the corset|
|An example of decorative flossing stitches on an original corset, 1893-97, Glasgow Museums, PP.2002.8.13_02|
|Flossing at the lower edge of the corset|
|A back view of the corset lacing|