Boning is the hard, flexible bits that give a garment such as a corset its structure. It's necessary because it keeps the fabric of the corset from buckling when it's tightened around the wearer. We've been wanting to design a crocheted corset for some time, and since we never do anything halfway, we decided it had to be boned.
The crocheting part is easy enough, but the finishing can get a bit tricky, so that's why we wanted to put this tutorial together.
1. The less expensive, plastic boning often comes encased in a fabric tube. While this is helpful for sewn garments, it won't for crocheted garments without being blindingly obvious in the finished project. Luckily it is easy enough to simply slide the fabric casing off the boning.
2. Trim the boning so it's at least 10% longer than garment. Note: Since the boning needs to be positioned vertically, you'll need to work your garment from side-to-side rather than top down or bottom up.
3. Lay the boning flat against the row of stitches you are working into...
...and crochet your first stitch around it.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire length of the boning is covered.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 with new boning sections spaced about 2-3 inches apart throughout your garment, or as frequently as desired.
Be sure to block your garment before continuing!
6. Now starts the slightly tricky part. You'll need to cut two lengths of ribbon about 10% longer than your garment. Pin the first piece of ribbon into place along the top edge of the boning. Since it is slightly longer than the garment, it will buckle a bit; try to pin it so that the "buckles" are evenly spaced.
7. With sewing thread in a coordinating color, sew the ribbon into place along the top edge.
8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 for the bottom edge of the boning, trimming the boning to fit if necessary.
9. To keep the boning from popping out from under the ribbon, you'll need to tack each piece into place along the inner edge of the ribbon. Insert the sewing needle into the top of the ribbon, under the boning, and back out the top of the ribbon...
...then bring the thread back over the top of the boning. Repeat about 3 times to ensure a good anchor, then tie off and cut the thread. Repeat for each end of each segment of boning.