Here you can see two corsets. These were made with shot taffeta covers. the top stitching shows up really well. The black coutil lining is shown on the right corset. You can see the waist stay, which helps maintain the shape over time if you are tight lacing. For occasional wear, you might skip this detail.
In case you are wondering, Edwina Richards Studio is the name of my custom clothing and historic costume business. I'd be happy to teach or create something for you!