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19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
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Cover Choices - Help wanted!

Posted by Marion McNealy (Creator)

There's nothing quite like designing the cover and buying the package to get the book set up in WorldCat to make the book seem real in a way that it has never been before. Somehow these two small pieces, which really are minor things in all of the work that goes into a book, always make the book seem real to me in a way that it has not been before.  

It's been a busy couple of weeks since the photoshoot, and we've been busy designing covers and choosing fonts. We've narrowed the cover designs down to two, but now I need your help. Choice 1 in the pink? Or Choice 2 in the gold? Please comment below and let me know which one you like the best. 

Cover choice 1
Cover choice 1


Cover choice 2
Cover choice 2



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      rainer on

      I really like Cover choice 2

    2. Marion McNealy 2-time creator on

      Thank you everyone for your help! The gold corset definitely is the one for the cover. :)

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      Quinn Burgess on

      Both are lovely! I think that #2 is easier to read and puts more emphasis on the corset in the picture.

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      Cassidy Percoco on

      I think I prefer the gold, but maybe if the box were made a bit more transparent? Like 50% opacity.

    5. Barbara L MacLachlan on

      I prefer the top picture in both picture and lettering.

    6. Jenny-Rose White on

      #2 - and I like the boxed title!

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      Jennifer Jacob on

      Definitely the gold!

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      Christine Tan on

      Cover 2, I think, but is it possible to have the text not in a box? I think it would look better without the box.

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      Alycia on

      I love cover no.2 but the title distracts me a bit, maybe the image from no.2 with the text from no.1? Or have the white box behind the text in no.2 a bit more transparent so as it doesn’t distract from the image too much? But that’s just me �

      Can’t wait to see what you decide x

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      Alycia on

      I love cover no.2 but the title distracts me a bit, maybe the image from no.2 with the text from no. Title? Or have the white box behind the text it no.2 a bit more transparent?

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      Sonja Corterier on

      I like 1 more, mostly because I dislike the square around the Title.. because the pictures are both very pretty... so I have a slight preference for the choice 1 due to the layout

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      Ricky Ramirez on

      Option 2, shows a full corset, not just a bust.

    13. Denise Hendrick on

      I love # 1, but agree it looks very much like a romance novel. #2, with the focus mostly on the corset, seems a better fit for an instruction manual, though I don't like the image quite as much.

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      Hepziba Gunneman de Vries on

      Perhaps the pink one looks more like a novel. Do you have a slightly more panned out version do the angle is more aimed at the corset and less on the skin of the model. That corset looks slightly better than the gold one, I would say.
      My husband is an artist and he suggest to at least go for the title look of the first version.

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      Hepziba Gunneman de Vries on

      Pink! Love the style of the title and a sultry look to lure you in. The golden corset comes across a little crude because of the broad boning, and the interesting deadlines aren't that pronounced in comparison. The pink picture gives a more appalling look.

    16. Sara Collins Young

      Second cover with the lettering from the first

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      Erica Adkisson on

      Cover 2 picture, Cover 1 text

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      Glynis Hughs on

      Like many, the cover of 2 with the title of 1

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      David on

      Like many i say option 2 with option 1's lettering.

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      Breanna Maxine on

      #2, since #1 looks is gaping in the bust.
      Perhaps it is too late, but I think it would be nice to have an image where the bottom binding of the gold wasn't pushed up.

    21. Alaina Zulli on

      I prefer the gold. I like seeing more of the corset, and the corset in number 1 doesn't quite fit

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      Leimomi Oakes on

      Definitely #2. #1 is an awkward angle on the corset and makes it look badly fitted. It also looks like the cover to a romance novel - and not the kind where the bedroom door closes and then we skip the the next chapter. I can't imagine handing a book with that cover to a student, or leaving it out in my office.

      I do think #2 needs some tweaking with the font and layout, but it's definitely the more appropriate picture.

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      Susan Cohen on

      There is no way to edit what you said, so: I like the color & print of #1, as well as the title placement, but the *shot* of the corset in #2 is the best.

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      Susan Cohen on

      #1 for sure, in both color & composition

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      Lindsay Hodgson on

      I'm obviously alone as I think #1 is much nicer

    26. Robyn Gebhart on

      Definitely like cover 2 better.

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      Toni Whyte on

      Definitely #2. This second image sells the idea of "corsets". #1 looks too "romance novel".

    28. Agnes Gawne on

      Version 2 is my preference

    29. Amanda Mullins

      Choice 2

    30. Cat MacDude on

      They're both lovely, but I dislike the big white block, so I have to vote for Cover #1.

    31. Gina Barrett on

      Cover 2. Seeing the red lips on cover 1 makes it seems less about sewing somehow to me.

    32. Tasha Kelly on

      The gold cover (#2) is the better composition, IMO.

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      J Fay on

      I prefer the gold cover, it's more focused on the corset AND it's easier to read the title.

    34. Heather Pritchett on

      #2 Gold. To be honest, the gold cover is more focused on the corset and less focused on the model.

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      Michelle on

      both beautiful! I too think #2 is better.

    36. Laura on

      #2 please, but I should note my choice is based on the mug better readability of the script. ;)

    37. darci on

      The clarity of the text in #2 is better to me. Also, a lovely corset.

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      Serindë on

      #2 gives a better view of the corset

    39. Adrienne Ruth on

      Definitely #2! The corset in the first seems to be a little loose at the bustline, which is not how you want to present the book.

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      Richard Crossman on

      I prefer the photo of #2 - still undecided on the block of lettering(2) or the overlay(1)
      Perhaps the lettering of 2 as an overlay (without the block around it) but in Black rather than gold. Picky I know. :)

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      Louiz on

      Cover number 2 is my favourite.

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      Eisbär on

      Hi Marion,
      I recommend to combine the two Covers. Take the picture of No. 2 (which I find more appropriate that No. 1) and the titledesign of No 1.