Just before my family vacation last December, I recalled how freezing cold a Korean winter can be and decided at the very last minute that I must absolutely own a 100% wool sweater dress. Since I don’t have any knitting skill, I cheated by sewing one up- in a few hours. I’ve had this gorgeous sequined wool fabric from Emmaonesock in my stash for almost a year now and decided to use Sewaholic’s Renfrew sewing pattern to create the dress.
Boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed wearing this sweater dress. It kept me so warm that I didn’t need to button up my wool coat. And I totally get the rave reviews the Renfrew pattern has been receiving, my only regret is not sewing it earlier and making multiple versions of jersey tees. My only change to the pattern was to lengthen the hem to a dress. Easy peasy.
We went skiing on the slopes of YongPyong and it was around minus 12 degrees Celsius. Even in Seoul, it was minus 4 degrees, so you can imagined that the dress was put to good use. The only time when I was in this dress and didn’t need any coat was during our visit to the East Sea (Donghae), about an hour’s drive from YongPyong Resort.
It’s our first visit to the East Sea and definitely not the last. The ocean was so blue and amazing!
And the natural rock formation breathtaking!
The seafood, simply unforgettable. Can you imagine squids the size of my 5 year old???
I didn’t eat these but my jaw dropped seeing them at the market! What we ate were the sweetest fresh steamed crabs ever!
I loved my sweater dress so much that I made a mini version for my lil princess too in another wool sweater fabric from emmaonesock, this time a 1 yard roll ends that has been in my stash.
When in Korea, off course I had to visit my favorite fabric store. I mentioned it in my post from last year’s trip to the Dongdaemum fabric market- Stall A3091. Now, it’s A3092 as well. It has expanded to two shop fronts!
These were the 3 fabrics I bought. Pop Art. Border print with geese and an angel fabric
There were too many beautiful places from this vacation to mention but I dug these out from my phone albumn and would highly recommend a visit if you are going to Korea.
The Heyri Art Valley in Paju
The Secret Garden (Huwon) at Changdeokgung Palace
YongPyong Ski Resort
Hope you enjoyed this photo-tour of Korea:)