Now that we have sewn our seams, added decorative bone casings, inserted the bones, and finished our centre back panel with self facing and fusing, we are able to apply our eyelets and lace up our corset for the very first time!
If you are using hook and eye tape, head on over to A Few Threads Loose for instructions on how to apply it.
Start by either transferring the lacing markings on the pattern onto your centre back seam OR make small markings, starting 3/4" of an inch down from the top edge, every 1" apart. Eyelets should sit about 5/8" away from the centre back edge.
Using your markings as a guide, punch small holes where your eyelets will go. You can use an awl, or grommet pliers to make your hole.
Eyelets can be applied a number of ways - there are two common tools pictured above.
1. Grommet Pliers - these can be found at most hardware store, and will set 2 piece grommets. Grommets come in many different sizes, so make sure the pliers you buy fit the eyelets you want to set.
2. Tool & Die - These often come with eyelet packages you purchase at the fabric store, and are set with a hammer.
I used grommet pliers to apply my grommets, and used a 2 piece grommet. Two piece grommets are preferable for a corset that is going to be worn for an extended period of time, or if you plan on wearing it a lot. Eyelets without washers tend to have rough edges and will work their way through your fabric, if you are applying much strain to the fabric around it.
Remember to insert a bone on either side of your eyelets to keep your lacing laying flat. This is the only spot in your corset where I really, really advise that you use boning. The rest is up to you!
Now, lace it up and see how it fits! Do you feel like you need to add more boning? Does everything lay flat?
Next we are onto our binding.