Oriental Safari in Seoul

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Hello from Seoul! I’m loving it here – but I’m saving the touristy talk for later posts (although you can see plenty on my Instagram!) because today is all about a DIY. It’s only been about a month since I left Melbourne but I’d been itching to make something. So when I found this sample garment while cleaning up the Mulberries store in Vientiane (I’m getting ahead of myself as I haven’t told you about that, but I’ll have to explain later!) I snaffled it and got the refashioning happening…

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It was a strangely shaped A-line top, kind of cut on the bias and with strings at the sides to wrap around the waist. I took them off straight away, then made darts in the front and back and took in the centre back. So far, so good. But then, the tricky bit – what to do with it next. Making it into a mini dress would perhaps have been the obvious answer, but I didn’t have enough fabric to extend the hem as this was a one-off sample and there was no material left over. Plus, I thought it might look better as a jumpsuit (and I’ve been seeing them on other ladies and liking the looks of them!) – and have you ever seen a jumpsuit with a mandarin collar? No. So I knew it would be unique. Kind of like an Asian safari suit!

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It was definitely not easy to transform the top because it was cut strangely – I got rid of the asymmetrical front, which gave me just enough fabric to extend the front of the crotch, but I had to use scrap fabric from something else (in a slightly different colour, but not that noticeable) for the back crotch. I used some pyjama shorts as a template to cut out the extra fabric and attach it to the top to create the crotch sections.

DSC_3218 Yes, very glamorous, talking about extending a crotch!!  And definitely not easy with limited amounts of fabric and an irregularly shaped garment (if you wanted to try this you could probably do it with a longish T-shirt, although even then it wouldn’t be the easiest project). So I was extremely happy when I finished it!

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Yep, so happy I took these selfies in the summer heat in a public place in Seoul (at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza flood field, to be exact… which luckily was fairly deserted on a Sunday morning!).

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os2I’m not sure when I’ll next get to sew anything – but I’ve got lots to share about Seoul and my travels anyway, so the next few posts will be about my safari through this urban Asian jungle!

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