Fantastic article Jema:-D I have been looking into making a corded corset and you have just described exactly what I was aimming for. One quick question, would you need to preshrink the hemp cord? I seem to remember reading somewhere that cotton cord should be preshrunk if you plan on washing your corset.
Ruby - yes, always pre-shrink or wash everything if you intend to wash the finished article... I didn't wash my cord - mainly because I won't be washing this little beauty (it's mainly for display) so I have no idea if it'll retain it's stiffness,
But I don't see why not, try washing a bit and let us know what happens ;0
This is gorgeous, and what a stunning shape! I will be giving it a go! I usually mark out ny channels with a pencil/ruler, sew them using a standard foot and then pull the cord through using a bodkin, which takes me hours for a small section (but looks very similar http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs168.snc3/19545_104974319529483_100000507455914_128447_2261566_n.jpg) I will definitely be trying out your method!
Yes, thats the usual way for channels in earlier corsets definitely - but these are just so tight and stiff and narrow you couldn't get the eye of the bodking and the stiff string through them I don't think!.
Ooh and U.S. folks who were intersted in a corset shaped manequin, check these ones out... only $99 - I wish I lived in the States I'd buy 5! http://www.ebizdisplays.com/blfedrfoapsi.html