I have been sewing the cording channels, and I am roughly halfway done with those on the front panel. Some pics of my progress over the past week below.
I began with the channels under the bust gussets.
More channels.... This pic was as of a couple days ago.
I also bought a skein of heavy linen thread from Wm Booth Draper, to use for the eyelets and such. The skein was way cheaper than the spools, and I have a swift for unraveling skeins of yarn, so I bought the skein. I rolled over three spools of thread!