Free-Style Handmade Bags & Skirts by Woonjin (Woongjin) Publishing and featuring Korean fashion designers. Published by North Light Books (October 10, 2008)
My two top things to sew have to be bags and skirts – for a satisfying and useful weekend project you really can’t beat em. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on this book – featuring top Korean designers – the designs have an edginess that is rarely seen in sewing diy books. A street smart coolness – original use of materials – with a simplicity perfect for everyday wear and home sewing.
Along with clear instructions, plenty of illustration and patterns and a how-to make a basic skirt and bag to get you started, this book is chock full of fresh, snappy and confident designs. Vintage style cargo skirt with a drawstring hem, pin-tucked gauze skirt with a mini apron pocket, layered reversible multi-use skirt/top, asymmetrical multi panel skirt, modified cardigan turned wrap skirt, – all of these designs feature interesting fabrics – from industrial to sports to vintage and fresh cottons. I did enjoy the bags too and they had much the same feel as the skirts – elegant with street smart appeal.
The designs are from fresh young talented Korean designers: Minimili, duo of Ji-won Song and Da-eun Jung have a minimalist industrial feel with a love of recycling – their designs feature some interesting re-fashioning ideas; Nam-joo Kim designs for Basic house and has a cute and romantic style, her designs feature pleats, gore skirts, panels and soft layers; Hyo-sun Jang’s style is sporty and slightly industrial, she has designed her for the outdoors a fab jelly bag – using rivets, and a denim drawstring picnic bag as well as a couple of different travel wallets; Rhang Lee likes to work with simple materials but makes use of embellishments in a really cool way, she has brought back the yoke skirt and her button embellishments are the best I have seen; Eun-joo Cha likes to work with interesting fabrics creating her own fabric designs, hand-painted fabrics and simple pintucks feature in her designs.