Hello Autumn! Here in Seoul, the weather is fairly moderate and the faintest whiff of autumn is drifting on by. It’s light cardigan weather and women here are still in skirts. Denim is all the rage here in Korea. Above the knee and mid-calf denim button skirts meet and greet you on every street. The long and flowing trench coat is also in here. Culottes, overalls and sweaters with interesting English slogans are trending here. Guys here love skinny jeans. I was shopping in Dongdaemun with my very good friend Hyewon and her boyfriend. He was interested in trying on some beige chinos, so we asked a merchant to help us find some pants for him. The man brought him some XL chinos. Mind you, Austin is a very fit and lean Asian-American guy. He’d be more of a S-M in USA sizes. At first, we didn’t think that the XL was suitable but upon trying them on, we discovered that XL was actually too tight and small for him. When we asked the owner of the store if he had any larger sizes, he informed us that Korean men like their pants tight.
I haven’t had the chance to sew lately although I have plans to visit the fabric market here next week. Since I’m on the road, the best thing I can do is take everything with my senses. This dress was one of the last pieces to come out of my sewing room before I put a brief hiatus on my projects. Since I work freehand sans patterns, it’s a bit of an experimental trial and error with fit and adjustments. Oftentimes, I will need to rip seams apart and begin again. When I came home, my Mom and Dad tried to teach me how to work with patterns and how to make my own patterns based upon pieces I liked. It is a work in progress… and a lot of math. I’m a humanities person for a reason. Some of my friends say this dress is reminiscent of a country club tennis court vibe. Others say it is acute 60’s diner-esque outfit. As for myself, I was just trying to have fun and learn at the same time. Purple and green are often not paired together because for some reason it is considered a faux pas, but I couldn’t help but think that the business vibes of the purple-white stripe textile would pair so nicely with the translucent, sheer green. Let me know what you think!
Sending you autumnal love from Seoul.