I finally got the skirt sorted out, and was able to move on to the center back boning.
I used plastic zip ties (one of the best, cheapest boning options out there!) for the center back to keep it from collapsing when laced. I use a heavy duty pair of wire cutters my dad gave me years ago (one of my favorite tools to this day). I generally don’t do much to prepare the zip ties other than cut them to length & cut the corners on an angle. (If the fabric is particularly delicate, I’ll sometimes file & melt the ends.
I think one of the most important things about inserting boning at an opening is placement. I know I’ve had disastrous results when placing the boning in the seam. I find it’s a lot stronger when placing the boning in the fold of the interlining (or lining, as this particular case).
Next up: Eyelets. Lots and lots of eyelets. (I’m thinking it was a very bad idea to stop at the eyelet stage on the black kirtle….now I have twice as many to do. Wish me luck…..