Simplicity patterns are frequently bigger than they should be and I went down 1 size. It's still a bit big, so I'll go down another size before I start on the next one.
What I used:
1 hook and eye (top of zipper to prevent unzipping)
1 separating black zipper (will do this on the next one because I'm lazy)
44 eyelets for lacing the back (I wanted them close together for flat, even lacing)
46 "bones" - a mix of plastic zip ties, rigilene, and pre-cased plastic boning
2 layers of white cotton fabric I bought from VoA for 4 dollars (and have a TON of it)
2 brown shoelaces (off my old boots) for lacing up the back
The black edging I made from the fabric off of one of my roomate's old skirts that the elastic went bad in the waist band
All in all, I'm very happy with the results.
I only get 1 inch of reduction, however, and will need to make the next one smaller as it, like the fuzzy green one, can be laced entirely shut in the back - and there should be a gap of 1 inch.
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