Honestly I'm still here! I've been super busy during the past few weeks. First the hubby was home, and then he left and we all got sick. I finally feel back to normal after 7 days and I have been busy. I draped and draped and draped the Poiret coat, did a mock up of a new corset pattern, and have been working away at Sam's 1780's stays. I almost have one half of them done. I just finished binding around the tabs with some faux suede I found years ago.
This was a quick shot while I was back in the sewing room cutting out more binding. I found a wonderful tutorial on binding the edges of stays Here done by Cathy Hay from Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. Its gotta be the best tutorial I've seen. I've also found that binding the tabs without the boning in the channels makes the job a little bit easier as you can bend the stays around and crumple them with your hands as you work.