I'm gonna need more hangers.

jacket [busan] :: tees [elves, now fashion] :: hat [DIY]

shopping notes:

i can’t go to thailand for long winded reasons, so i just decided to endure the 8 hr round trip to busan and buy this jacket. it is by far the most expensive thing i own and i feel pretty proud for spending/saving for it without any parental aide whatsoever.

i usually have a problem buying tshirts cuz they’re so basic (i have a problem buying basics in general), but these were just too charming to pass up. the length obeys the no-pants rule perfectly too.

i’ve also been knitting! made this hat for a friend. i modified this pattern to suit the chunky yarn. i dont really wear hats myself but i love the way they look so much on other ppl.

btw, my food/korean life tumblr is still alive and well. i’m a lot better about updating it, which seems to be the common cold with other bloggers.

 

 

jumper [american west] :: rings [my got]

my sunday after-the-shit-show outfit. The Princess came to visit and i insisted we dress up to go out with the kids in the City. too bad there were no pics, cuz she was this ruby red sweet thing and i was this vamp-vixen type and the Gangster Girl was this great-rap-hop diva in my new Ciara/Mariah coat and it became a gorgeous mess of a night. those were the shoes from last night. i’m working back into the high heeled life.

i’m wearing this jacket to pills, should i just buy another to make it last? or just replace it when the time comes? this is my latest thematic issue: replacement. must something else always be filling some void, instead of creating a new cavity of affection?

necklace [schwing schwing]

disregarding that stray strand of course, i freakin love my hair like this. if i have time, i’ll do a tutorial. it basically utilizes the same principles as my mohawking technique.

i’ve been wearing this collar for weeks without a word of it’s awesomeness. a gift from the mnmlst (because she just KNOWS me), although i’m again concerned about the quality: there’s a small knob in the back that does all the securing and if it breaks off, i’m totally fucked. and not in the way i want to be. i wonder if those ones from Nelly.com will ship to Korea…

jeans [colorfe]

1) i wear make up everyday to work. and take a break on weekends, save for evenings out of course. it started because my mentor teacher got me some and i was obligated, but i gotta admit, it’s really freakin fun to doll up. its a bit different than an american routine, mostly in terms of brands and something called “bb cream.” more later.

2) i’m obsessed with skincare. even moreso. i have this strict routine in addition to normal face washing which involves toner+lotion+eye cream. like make up, it’s a joy to hunt for the perfect brand/products. i’ve always wanted to have one of those “like-omg-i’ve-been-using-this-for-ages” types of deals and be a huge asshole about it.

3) i don’t wash my hair everyday which is actually a big deal for me, cuz i’m so used to clean hair. i wash it every other day or every 2 days and it’s been a lot more healthy. it’s also getting close to nipple length WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY. you don’t even know, it’s just been a long time. maybe perfect length by january?

4) i braid my hair. a lot, i’ve been trying different styles when my hair is dirty. this one is my current favorite.

5) i’m back on the pattern mixing train. the minimalist thing was super fun and its definitely still a part of me but korea is waaaaaay too homogenous for me and patterns is how i’m punch-protesting their drugged-dragged style in the face. yes these are new jeans. i dont really like denim but omg…what would you do if you saw drop crotch polka dotted goodness?

categories: Food, What I Wore
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dress [saba] :: bag [riess] :: ear cuff [ebay]

this dress started a slew of grey additions to my closet. gray is the color i buy when i don’t know what to buy, so i’ll have these transitionary influxes. i just go rid of a lot of gray too back home, so i’m trying to take it slow on the buying.

i started a food/cooking tumblr for my adventures in korea. have a looksie!

jacket [theory] :: shirt [cheap monday] :: pants [stitch] :: shoes [ferragamo]

drop crotch sweat shorts. i love these things. i think i’ve just been waiting for these to come into my life. its not like i’m against comfort, i’m just so damn picky about notoriously casual things.

wearing this blazer and ferragamos to shreds when i wanna feel polished. good brings, but i need more of these, i miss the easiness of outfit assembling that my wardrobe at home had. i’ll want a certain look, but i’ll be missing some key pieces. i miss so many of my clothes, i almost wanna pay for shipping more over. but then being here is a privilege and i feel i should try to build and immerse myself in korean style while i’m here. i don’t mean fall for foreign fashion syndrome like i did last year in japan though. you should see some of the crap here they pull here. i’m trying to be open minded, believe me, but honestly, somethings i’ll never understand.

tucked the collar into a mock neck shirt. no one cares. story of my life.

shirt [miliore] :: shorts [w dress room] :: shoes [ferragamo] :: sunglasses [ebay] :: belt [express]

sigh. its been a long time. i’m an asshole. but i really can’t be bothered at the mo, i’m in a new country, i have my own place, i have a new life and all these new things have filled a void that fashion occupied for so long. i’ve been scanning my google reader occasionally and finding new inspiration when i’m out and about, so it’s not like i’ve forgotten how to blog; i’ve just neglected it a bit. anyway, things have been really wonderful, i can’t explain how happy i am currently. surely you understand?

i’ve been shopping in korea like i shopped in europe, selectively and skeptically. these shorts in seoul though, were one of those, “omg i’d change for you” types of dreadful infatuations from the boys section. my guyfriend Sparrow can wear them too, sisterhood-of-the-travelling-pants style. it’s kind of disgustingly awesome. we’re trading off this weekend.

dress [loaf] :: shoes [ferragamo]

i used to love this dress more than i do now. it’s too big around my chest and my boob coverage is in serious jeopardy, i think i was lying to myself when i bought it. if i alter it to fit, there would be too many seams and it would ruin the look i fell in love with. i’m afraid it’ll have to go. and closet curating continues. i wonder, though, if i’ll eventually go too far.

also, how long has it been since i’ve shown my face? or smiled? one of my mother’s friends told me not to hold myself to a timeline, which i have been doing. i want fashion school by the time i’m 25, i’ll need money and what not, but there really shouldn’t be a hurry, though, to live life. i have to constantly remind myself that i only get to do it once. i guess i’m just in a hurry to live it already.

category: DIY
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jacket [newyork&co]

this is a perfectly cozy moto jacket sweater but it was never exciting enough for me. it lacks the bells and whistles of the real thing: the belt, the buckles, the hard-edged zippers, LEATHER, so i’ve been wanting to turn it into something more sculptural. here’s how i did it and it’s really not terribly hard; it just takes a bit of patience. and love. lots of love.

 

step 1: undo the seams

first, i undid the seams of the bottom band in the back and one sleeve. feel free to do both sleeves, but i ended up liking the asymmetric look better. 

step 2: mark the back arc

i chose the end of the arc to be in the middle of the jacket, so i folded it hotdog style first and made a mark. then i folded it hamburger style and marked the rest of the arc. if you don’t have tailor’s chalk, or chalk period, a bar of old soap is perfect. in fact, i prefer it because its free. bahahhaha.

step 3: cut

step 4: refitting the back

this step is pretty crucial and may take some trial and error to find the right fits. if you notice, the bottom is too short to reattach because of the length of the arc made, so how to you make it fit?

you shorten the arc! if you notice on the right, i’ve folded up about an inch or more of the fabric in a triangular shape, where the hypotenuse is the side on the table and the short leg is the edge of the arc. it needs to be a triangular fold and not a parallelogram because you don’t want to create weird puckering underneath the armholes of the sleeves (if you choose to keep them) or shorten the armhole (if you omit them).  line up the short leg along the edge of the arc as you’re folding/fitting so that it stays even. i did two going towards the arm holes and another right down the center back.

alternatively, you could just do one down the center, i just chose to do 3 because i like the way it looks. skip to step 7 if you’re only doing one fold.

step 5: sew and trim

only sew the inside and check afterwards to see that everything still lines up. mine actually doesn’t line up perfectly, but it’s ok because it gets sewn over with the bottom piece.

step 6: sew again (opt.)

fold over one flap and sew again onto the jacket back, with a little bit of space between seams so it looks like the photo on the right when the jacket is worn. i did this to keep the new flap in place and it matched the seams on the jacket. you could finish it with a serger before this step, but i chose not to.

step 7: pin bottom to arc

this is where you make sure the refitted back is the same length as the bottom piece. pin it as close to the center as possible and make the final triangular fold down the middle. it helps to fold the jacket in half to center it. you could mark all of this, but i like eyeballing. i don’t really know why. maybe because i’m lazy in odd ways.

step 8: sew down center flaps and sew on bottom piece

this goes with the design and will keep it from breaking . alternatively, you could just use a serger over the new seam and skip this step. here are my results of the outside, after i’ve sewn on the bottom hem. i did the seam for the bottom the same way i did the triangular flaps.

step 9: armholes (opt.)

i made the armhole a bit larger, folded it over about a cm, repinned, and hemmed it with two parallel seams.

finished product

please let me know what if you have any questions or if i need to be more clear about some steps!

jacket [DIY newyork&co] :: shirt [bdg] :: skirt [wish] :: bracelet [monki]

DIY tutorial post for this coming up! haven’t done one of those in ages.