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{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

One of my favorite dresses and the dress shown in my Oh Joy! closet & casa feature was made using a pattern from a nooy Japanese sewing book (ISBN 978-4-579-11298-2). (Please note I have never ordered anything from Amazon Japan but you can find instructions here.) I purchased this book last year at our local Kinokuniya bookstore and it is my favorite sewing book. Since I am a big fan of nooy it is not a surprise that I love the patterns in this book. The book contains 25 dress, tunic, skirt, pant and jacket patterns. If you are not familiar with using Japanese pattern books you should know that the patterns come printed on a huge sheet of paper with pieces overlapping one another. It is a bit tedious but you have to trace each pattern piece onto tracing paper (I use Birch Street tracing paper which I purchased locally at Modern Domestic). Once the pattern pieces are cut out the cutting of fabric and sewing of the dress comes together really quickly. Case in point, I made three dresses using this pattern in one weekend. For this specific dress I used the F1 pattern and a striped linen from Mill End. I usually wear a size 0 so I used the smallest size for this pattern. Most Japanese sewing patterns do not include a seam allowance but this has never been an issue for me because the styles I choose are very loose. Even though I used the smallest pattern size I had to take in the sides a good three inches on each side because it was too big. Also note that the pattern does not have any darts but because I have a small chest this is not an issue for me. There are only four pieces for this dress and I made the top portion so that the stripes were vertical and the bottom portion with horizontal stripes. My favorite part of the dress is the raw selvedge that I used for the hem of the dress. And for those who don't sew, I have a blog reader who bought the book and took it to a seamstress to have a few dresses made for her. So even non-sewers can have their own simple dress (although of course I want to encourage you to learn to sew).



nooy is a Japanese clothing company founded by Natsuko Wakayama and Yoshika Hirayama. It is one of my favorite clothing brands and I love their philosophy that "everyone is always lovely". They create classic clothing for women of all ages. I am a big fan of their sewing pattern book and after seeing these photographs I really want some pretty white oxfords. I am also looking forward to seeing their new nooy kitchen line, I can only imagine how beautiful it will be.


{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Have you seen the Not Without Salt & SHIMTOKK collaboration? If you love cookies and you're a giver at heart I think you might like it! Check it out here.



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

For those who have been following me over at SHIM & SONS know that our family spent a year living overseas in Busan, South Korea. I was really unsure what to expect since I had only been to Korea once when I was 3.5 years old. But it turned out to be an amazing year and filled with so many wonderful memories. As soon as we returned back to the States we were longing to be back in Busan. Although we were able to go back to visit our friends and enjoy our old stomping grounds last March, Appah and I continued dreaming about moving back to Busan while the boys are still young. And guess what? Our DREAM is coming TRUE!! In two months The Shim Family will be settling in to our new home in Haeundae Beach, Busan. I am beyond thrilled and feel so blessed to have been given a second opportunity to live in our favorite city. And I'm happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. This move is long term so we are clearing out the house and only bringing the essentials (hence all the major purging going around Casa Shim the past month). The boys are excited but also sad to leave their friends. Although once we told them we are living on the beach their eyes lit up (apparently you can't beat the beach as your front yard). The reality of our move finally kicked in once we received confirmation from the international school the boys will be attending and now I am madly creating spreadsheets of everything that needs to happen between now and our departure. One thing I regret about the last time we lived in Busan is not taking more photographs and documenting our lives there. This time around I am not going to make the same mistake. I'll definitely continue sharing my favorite eats, shops and design goods but from my new home base in Busan, South Korea. 



{Layout from Oh Joy! & Babble}

It has been a busy week here at SALLYJSHIM. I was delighted to be featured on this week's Oh Joy's closet & casa. To tell you the truth I struggled a bit picking a favorite clothing item and home accessory because I know the Joy's blog aethestic is bright and colorful and well, my favorite color is grey. But I stayed true to myself and picked one of my favorite dresses which I made last fall (and wear all the time). I've received many inquiries about the dress pattern so I will share it very soon (along with some suggestions if you are planning to make one yourself). I was also honored to be a part of Babble's Top 50 Design Blogs for Mom, 2011. Wow, I am in some amazing company and was very happy to see so many of my mommy blogger friends on the list. 

It is interesting to look back on my blog journey, starting over six years ago with a personal blog and then slowly making it into a personal (but more public) blog which all led to my SALLYJSHIM blog. I really do love this space and enjoy cataloging and documenting my life here. I want to thank each and every one of you who comes to visit this space, I really appreciate your support and kind words.




{Photograph by Bonnie Tsang}

Seeing Miss V and the boys together makes my heart smile. I've mentioned their special friendship before and Bonnie has captured them on many of our adventures together. They are definitely very comfortable together and have no problem hamming it up for the camera.


j + J 

HATS // Target

SHIRTS // Target


SHOES // Converse

BACKPACKS // Fjällräven Kånken


SOCKS  //  Gap

SHOES // Converse