Last fall I became obsessed with the Korean fashion designers on YesStyle.com. I think the website is actually based in Hong Kong. But it’s the Korean stuff I really liked.
I’ve been obsessed with all things Korean ever since David and I spent 12 hours in the the Korean Airport. Korea has the best airport in the world. Its quiet, its modern, the food is good, Gate 40 has been turned into a Korean Cultural Center where you can browse books on Korean art and architecture and women in traditional dress show you how to paint fans, and best of all there is a $7 spa a short shuttle bus ride away. Make sure to take off your shoes before stepping on the wood floors.
A lot of the outfits on the site are things I could never imagine wearing. But the color combinations—especially the choice of backgrounds for the photographs—are amazing (at least to my earth-tone and gray loving self). I suppose this was one bridge between last year’s painting and this year’s sewing:
Some things, though, like this colorblock dress seemed simple enough for me to pull off, or at least to adapt to my non-Korean-supermodel figure:
Here’s my version:
I made this pattern from my sloper by tracing off the bodice and cutting it apart along the dart lines. I closed up the bust dart by rotating the top piece to make a vertical princess seam, then straightened out the edges and added seam allowance to everything. I made a muslin just of the top part of the dress, which helped me figure out that the front panel needed to be made narrower. Here’s the pattern I ended up with. Blue lines show where the dart lines were:
The bottom parts of the dress are just big rectangular bands of fabric, pinned in place to check where they fell, then sewn on. To finish the dress I cut facings and sewed these to the neckline, bound the armscyes to close in the facings, and top-stitched the princess seams to make them a bit more prominent:
I’m normally not crazy about un-fitted dresses but I think in this case it works well. If the dress were fitted at the waist the bright stripe at my hips would make them look really wide. As it is I think the color gives the dress more shape. Also it’s roomy enough to go over my head without a zipper opening—one less thing to sew!