The almost-final product!
I still need to add hooks and eyes to the bottom front but woohoo - the re-do is DONE!
What I did:
First I cut off the old lacing just inside of the eyelets and took out the remaining bones on each edge. Then I folded the fabric at the next bone--which is now my outside edge.
I attached a strip of white linen just inside the bone on the inside of the corset, doubled the fabric and stitched down the opposite edge. I then had many layers of fabric to hold the new eyelets.
Aren't they pretty?
I had eleven empty boning chanels left by bones that had worked their way out of the fabric over the years so I opend up the stiching at both ends and added hemp cord 'boning' to those.
Then I trimmed the edges and stiched it all back up!
I also turned down the center fronk neckline to the top of the bone. This gives it an ever-so-subtle sweetheart neck line and I *hope* it will correct the recurring issue of just a bit of the center front of the corset showing above the neckline of my bodices.
'Cause I sure wouldn't want to have to *raise* them! ;)
I added some trim to cover the holes where the bones had worked their way out and ...DONE!