- Written by Laura Loft
Continuing the series, making a professional corset step by step with Laura's long-awaited Two Layer "Cheat" Method for boning channels.
I usually use bias strips of coutil for boning channels (external and internal) and I think this is why I found this really confusing. Is this method then going to be lined so that the panel with no seam allowance is covered up? If so problem solved and I can get my head around it, if not I'm a bit confused by it.
Laura, I too am confused. Is this method to create the boning channels on the inside of the coutil only, and then the fashion layer would be sewn separately with no boning channels? And if so, what is to keep the inner fabric (no seam allowance) secure? I've read and reread and can't seem to "get it."
Hi Jill, yes this method is used to create internal boning channels. If you are using a fashion layer you would secure this to your coutil layer and then attach the panel with the seam allowances to this. Because we are covering many aspects in this project I have used coutil as the outer layer to allow the focus to remain on the basic principles of corset construction which can then be built on to create more complex design (ie fashion layers). Again if people would like fashion layers to be covered as part of the project I can add a tutorial after we have covered the basics.
Thank you, Laura for answering my question! This technique may actually come in very handy for an extremely detailed Renaissance Era boning pattern I am struggling with. I have used at least a trillion separate channels right now and am truly overwhelmed by the project. Using the separate interior fabric to create my boning channels would simplify the process tremendously. (And out comes the seam ripper . . . ) Thank you again!
Once you've roll pinned each pannel, how do you put the panels together? I'm still trying to figure this method out and had roll pinned all of my panels, but then nothing seemed to fit together when I tried putting them all together. Not sure where I went wrong.