(sorry, I'm not allowed to show the photos of the original stays anymore!)
I drafted a pattern to fit my measurements, to the natural waist. This throws the proportions of the boning pattern off a little bit, and I may find a shorter version shapes differently, but first I want to see the effect these have.
|Left side without boning inserted; right side with all channels sewn and bones added.|
|I marked out all the boning channels in pencil, on the inside layer, and also marked how many and where they should go.|
|The front pieces with all the bones in, and the channels stitched at the intersections.|
|A close up showing the intersections. I've used 1/4" zip ties for the boning in the body, and 1/2" on the center front and back edges.|