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Marianne Faulkner

The Modern Corsetiere's Studio

The Modern Corsetiere's Studio

Marianne discusses the tools available to aid corsetieres - outlining the options available for you to choose from in each area of the corsetmaking process.

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Strength Layer Fabrics

Strength Layer Fabrics

Many corsetieres would have you believe that a "real" corset is only made from coutil. However, other fabrics can be used, if they pass a series of tests.

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Shouldered Corset Torso Block

Shouldered Corset Torso Block

Marianne guides us through the steps to make a shouldered corset torso block, from which we can integrate corsets with outerwear garments.

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Underbust Pattern Drafting

Underbust Pattern Drafting

Simple underbust corsets are a staple for corset wearers and makers. Here are the patternmaking tools and techniques to get you started right. (Updated 6/21/12 with clarified drafting instructions)

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Corseting Various Body Types

Corseting Various Body Types

Marianne discusses different body types and how to go about creating custom corsets to fit these various forms, from a business perspective.

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Shirtwaist Corset (from corset torso block), Pt. 1

Shirtwaist Corset (from corset torso block), Pt. 1

Using what we learned in her Shouldered Corset Torso Block article, Marianne now shows us how to mock-up, fit and pattern a shirtwaist corset bodice.

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Branding & Rebranding

Branding & Rebranding

Now that there are many corsetmakers in business, creating a strong visual identity is increasingly important for your brand.

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Networking and Competitor Analysis

Networking and Competitor Analysis

Marianne discusses strategies for using social media and local events to stay informed about and connected to not only your customer base, but also your peers.

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Assembling a Portfolio

Assembling a Portfolio

Marianne walks us through the steps of setting up a thorough and professional-looking portfolio, a must-have for any creative professional.

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Designing & Prototyping Ready-to-Wear Corsetry

Designing & Prototyping Ready-to-Wear Corsetry

Marianne helps guide us through the task of developing a ready-to-wear corset style, from design through to the final graded patterns.

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Creating a Line Sheet

Creating a Line Sheet

Marianne explains line sheets, the collective representations of your styles, which are used to help you develop, manage, and sell your line.

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Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 2

More on technical fashion drawings known as "flats". You'll learn how to take your corset illustrations to the next level, with Marianne's three keys to beautiful flats.

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Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 1

Drawing Flats for Corsetieres: 1

Marianne shows you how to produce flats - the clean, professional line drawings that show important construction details for each of your designs.

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Costing for Corsetry

Costing for Corsetry

Marianne discusses the hard numbers of how to work out the actual cost for a given corset (or any garment).

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