I took a corset crash-course last semester (man, was it intense; we learned a ton and did a huge amount of work in only four weeks). I made a 1785 corset from a pattern in our textbook, "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh. Wonderful book! Perfect for those who want to learn about the history, construction, wearing, and every other minute aspect of corsets.
The corset is made of beige coutil, 49 hand-cut and tipped flat steel bones, metal grommets, white Prussian tape for the bone channels, and binding cut of some fuchsia fabric I found at the last minute.
Close-up of the craptastic binding on the tabs. I haaaate tabs. No wonder corsetiers got rid of tabs in the 19th c.
More inside close-ups:
Sorry, no action-photos: the corset now belongs to the theater department of my college. And even though it's not the loveliest of corsets, who cares? It's underwear, after all. And it's sturdily made and won't fall apart for a long time. Huzzah! I'm proud of it.