Boning in simple steps
Add boning to a bodice for extra structure and support
Staystitching the bodice
First, staystitch the centre front bodice piece to prevent it stretching as you work, then make up the bodice and press the seams to one side. Neaten the seam allowances. Attach halterneck straps to the bodice front. Make up the lining in the same way.
To form the casings for the boning in the lining, stitch seam allowances together 1.3cm away from the seams. Cut strips of boning to the length of the stitched casing, excluding seam allowances at the top and bottom. Insert, then try it on.
Adding the boning
Cut oﬀ 6mm from either end, rounding the ends or adding end caps. Reinsert into the casings. Tack 1.5cm from the upper and
lower edges, taking care not to catch the boning. Continue making up the dress as instructed in the pattern envelope.