I recently did this project since a 'Ribbon Corset' fits so well into my 'Luxe' theme for 2011.
See the original corset art here. It is Ageless Patterns' 1900 Corset in Net (on page 6 of her corset collection).
The following is my rendition of this corset (shown with bust panels omitted) in black silk net and finished with The Ribbon Store's black double-side silk satin ribbon to conceal the velvet stays inside. The top and bottom edges are finished with my trademark double-bias in double-side silk satin:
Without the bust panels, it is shown here over the 1930's evening brassiere:
...and a few technical details:
After stitching the corset seams, I put chocolate cotton velvet stays in place:
The velvet stays fit 1/2" spiral steel on the inside:
Stitching silk ribbon on the outside:
The outside with silk satin ribbons in place:
The following shows how I engineered the silk ribbon to conceal the loop side of the busk by seaming it to the net edge:
Busk edge wrapped in ribbon and ready for hand-stitching into place:
This is my (pre-laced) version with modified bust panels, but I am making them deatchable so here, you see them before I stitched the double-bias to finish the top edge:
Next...One of this year's ribbon frocks (for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon!)