I was looking at photos of actresses at the Emmy Awards and noticed they all do the hand-on-hip pose, and I was thinking it was kind of obnoxious then realized I DO THAT IN MY PHOTOS, yet without the flair or fancy jewels (and yes, I know I’m not doing the pose in this photo)

Some of you know of my Japanese craft book “problem.” I just can’t seem to collect enough of them. Well, thanks go to Sally and Melissa for momentarily distracting me with KOREAN craft books.
This book, Joy of Making Korean blah blah Korean DIY, has patterns for both women and men (tiny Korean men, not Peter-size men). There are lots of super cute patterns to tackle. I’d been searching for a pattern for a cute little collared T-shirt for a while, and this one is nearly perfect. I couldn’t figure out what the sizing numbers meant, so I just compared the pattern lines with an existing pattern and decided to make a size medium (the shoulders in the small looked super tiny). I’d like the neckline to be a little smaller, perhaps, but the medium fits perfectly in the shoulders and underarms. I will definitely use this pattern again, and I’m already thinking about a long-sleeve version!
So, how does one acquire said Korean craft book? Well, I went a little crazy tracking this baby down. I ended up ordering it through Gmarket, a storefront for a bunch of individual vendors. I tracked down the book, not by the ISBN (978-89-7090-540-2. You can find the book via the ISBN for domestic Korean vendors but NOT for international shippers) but by typing in “DIY” then selecting “books, CDs & DVDs.”
Now, not all of these vendors will ship to the United States. I went with vendor Bandi & Luni’s but only because it seemed to be the only one that would ship. The book itself was a great bargain: $10.50 or something. The shipping, however, was nearly $30. I decided to take the plunge because I was very curious about how the order was going to work. Also, it ends up being worth it for me because I know I will use at least 5 patterns from this book. Way to rationalize, yes.
Okay, so here’s where it got a little weird. I tried to create an account but did not succeed with Firefox. So, I went to IE and managed to create an account. When I tried to place the order, though, I had to switch back to Firefox, because I got errors with IE. I had two browsers open and just went back and forth to see which one worked! I paid with PayPal, and I wasn’t sure if the money disappeared into some black hole of cyberspace, but a mere week later, the book arrived!

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8 Responses to

  1. megan says:

    i’m gonna lose 80lbs so i can steal that cute ass shirt from you!!! watch your back, dudette!!

  2. freecia says:

    Will have to ask the Korean Boyfriend where his parents buy books around here. I think there’s got to be a bookstore of some sort, unless the korean drama videos come from a video store only (which they could)….

  3. Melissa says:

    That turned out very cute! Looking good.

  4. Lydia says:

    That’s a wild journey for a book.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Isn’t the hand on hip pose the safest way to ensure your upper arms aren’t pressed against your body making them seem bigger than they actually are? While I don’t think anyone on the red carpet (or you, either) ever need to worry about upper arm issues – I think everyone wants to appear to their best. I think I’ll start doing this pose, too (once I start working out…)
    : )
    Love the shirt!

  6. Annhb says:

    So cute! I love the smocky/tunic on the cover too!

  7. Seanna Lea says:

    I love how that shirt looks on you.
    I have the hardest time finding a shirt that I really like. I don’t think my arms are too muscular (or too fat), but most of the tops are little snugger around the biceps than I would really like. Yours looks like it is perfect that way!

  8. yuan says:

    cute! cute! hands on hips works for you!

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