First, I discuss the ideas with you, and develop an illustration.
Next, (if opting for made to measure) I design and draft a pattern to the your measurements, (not just waist, but full bust, underbust, high hip & torso lengths, to be sure it fits YOUR proportions).
Alter the pattern to any specific custom requests, and source appropriate material.
All of my steel corsets consist of three layers; a cotton lining, a coutil middle layer (this is a non stretchy, rigid corset middle) and the outer layer of fabric unique to each design (finer fabrics are mounted on an additional coutil layer when necessary).
My overbust corsets have 10 spiral steel bones, and 4 flat steel bones, always at least 7mm wide, and, where used, a steel centre front busk and a minimum 1″ wide waist stay.
All bones are capped, and the ensemble is double stitched on all seams, and top stitched.
Bias binding is sewn down by hand to ensure an even, professional result.
Eyelets are fixed in with washers to make them extra secure, this is done with a mechanical press.
Then a modesty panel is made and attached, along with any embellishments.