Pinning the rouleau loops to the combined net layer, outer layer and corset layer (I’ll be hand sewing in the lining)

I top stitched around the whole neckline and down the back seams, securing the rouleau loops.

I then got some practice in with whipstitching the raw edges. I have an overlocker but know that in couture sewing this is not the done thing! A hand finished raw edge lies flatter and therefore looks better. I borrowed and later bought a thimble for this.

This is my finger before I resorted to using a thimble! I’ve never really used a thimble before and it took some getting used to. Its now a good friend.

I trimmed the bottom of my corset layer with this gold. It get covered with the underlayer anyway but I like these little details that you can put into your own home sewing.

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ¬†She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Warning: Construction was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling