So I am ALMOST done the stays for Mrs. S. They are made from 3 layers, 2 cotton canvas and 1 is a rough textured red silk. The binding is a faux suede that I had purchased at a fabric store in Vancouver BC many years ago. I bought it because it was literally identical to real suede but much easier to sew through. The channels are machine sewn as I don't have the patience or the ambition to do it by hand. I'm not that hard core! LOL. I used German Plastic Whalebone, cutting and sanding each end so that it had less of a chance to poke through the fabric. I also used metal grommets which I'll cover in thread to make them look period. I just have to finish up the binding and put in a lining.