Mock Up Creation

Diary of a Designer Part 2

In case you missed Part 1 of this blog series, you can read it here.

Step one of making a corset includes taking measurements of my client and creating a mock-up of a corset. My mock-ups are made with muslin fabric or cotton canvas and include all of the components of an actual corset except for the inside lining. Any adjustments that need to be made are marked directly on the mock-up with a sharpie marker so that I can tweak the pattern later.

Efficiency Is Key

Diary of a Designer Part 2

Since my client is 2 hours away, I asked her to send me her measurements so I could sew a mock-up of a corset before she came to my studio for the first time. When she arrived, I laced her up in the mock-up and immediately started making the necessary adjustments. Having a mock-up ready to go also gave her an idea of how it would feel to wear a Champagne corset. If she had any concerns, I wanted to be able to address them right from the start.

I was happy to see that she was comfortable wearing it, and the fit was almost perfect requiring only minor tweaks. From there, we were able to finalize the silhouette, discuss fabric and trim options that I had found in NYC and Miami, and start designing her corset together.

One Of A Kind

Diary of a Designer Part 2

I suggested other personal touches and details I could add to her corset design to really make it special for her. We also discussed custom embroidery. My client told me about an intricate tattoo her fiancé has and we agreed it’d be a very meaningful detail to include on the inside lining of her corset. I found an embroidery house in NYC who was able to digitize and embroider the artwork directly onto the silk duchesse satin lining she had picked out for her corset.

,,...personalized details for my clients is what I love most about my custom work....

Thought Behind The Detail

Diary of a Designer Part 2

Even though no one else will see this, it’s a specific detail that no other bride will ever have on their wedding dress and a special surprise for her fiancé. Being able to personalize all the design details in order to make a one-of-a-kind corset for my clients is what I love most about custom work.

Please stay tuned for Part 3 on the making of the corset.

Let’s get started on a custom handmade corset of your own! I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please comment below.


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