Got a little more work done on my stays this week, but mostly I've been writing corset-a-long entries and reading Game of Thrones :P
I've deviated a lot from the JP Ryan instructions on how to put this corset together in an attempt to make the corset a little more historically accurate. After boning each piece I folded under the side seams and whipped them down to the lining.
Then I used heavy upholstery thread to whip the pieces together. You can see on the top left how I started binding. I'm binding using silk thread and chamois leather. I love chamois for binding because it's buttery smooth, strong, and eases around curves beautifully. It's also pretty readily available (you can find it in car departments/stores, they're used for washing cars) and fairly cheap!