Inspiration for a Union Jack Corset

Deb has been thinking about doing a Union Jack inspired corset for a while and now we’ve decided to move ahead with it as a team effort. Actually Deb’s doing the corset this time and I’m documenting her every effort and writing this.

It was several years ago over a pedicure that the idea came to her. Her petite blond esthetition was an ex-pat and Deb commented that she would look great in a Union Jack corset… kind of along the lines of the Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell,  that wears the Union Jack t-shirt. The two of them joked around about the idea, but Deb left that pedicure with the idea burning in the back of her mind.

The Union Jack is just such a strong graphic and the corset is such an solid shape that the two work well together for this type of project, and with the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee year, there couldn’t be a better time to do this!

Twinings English Breakfast Tea is my Fav!

Deb actually had tea with Mr. Sam Twining when she worked for a Canadian food import company. (just an aside)

Where to start? Let’s first go for a little history of the Flag at Wikipedia. I didn’t know the image was that old…. 1801. It was designed at the time the union of Great Britain and Ireland. The design incorporates the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England), edged in white, superimposed on the Cross of St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which are superimposed on the Saltire of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland). Wow, it’s design was almost as complex as the pattern that Deb’s creating from it!

Proper dimensions for the Union Jack image
Who knew it wasn’t symmetrical?

Deb found a paper written by Julian Wiseman that talks about how the flag is to be drawn, and much of the controversy surrounding the flag.  Contrary to what you may think, the image is not Symmetrical and nor is the corset that Deb has designed from the image.

Stay tumed as we will be documenting the entire process on here.


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2 Responses to Inspiration for a Union Jack Corset

  1. it can be tricky to draw if you do it properly, but symetrical or not it will make a fab corset – with the lines going in it will really accentuate the waist at its smallest point. I think I want one too!

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