The instructions for my corset pattern strongly suggest making and fitting a mockup before setting scissors to the actual fabric one intends to use. Here's mine, with all pattern annotations intact. The strip pinned in the centre back is standing in for the lacing.
In other news, I have acquired some fantastic fabric for it.
In other other news, still no flatmate. We're not even getting people looking. Think good flatmate thoughts for me, please! (and if you know of anybody in Wellie who might be interested, here's the trademe link.