I will add a number of photos and thoughts soon but I thought I'd share a couple photos. What a long way around to a great fit!
This was the original finished corset which obviously did horrible things to my bust. I was able to fix it by adding another gusset, but that was a lot of work and even then (now that I've worn the corset with a costume) it still flattens the bustline more than I would like.
Here is the added gusset. There was so much hand work that I do not think I would do a project like this quite this way again.
My final thoughts is next time -- get a pattern! Also coutil, you really must have the fabric to do this well. And finally make sure you build leeway into the sizing. I seem to have lost some winter weight and I can lace the waist (not bust ) all the way closed now. I should have cut the corset waist down even smaller. I get a great reduction but I could have gone smaller!! Having a corset fitted just for you makes the BIGGEST difference in the world. Wore it for the first time for several hours and had no pain or discomfort, it was amazing!