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Unread 02-23-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
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Chinese Hanfu Outfit

Well sadly this is my last costume for like a good long time *cries* Anyway I wanted to make a Chinese Hanfu and I have two designs I really like

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b...5461109471.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b...2006-00181.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b...Untitled-1.jpg

And I wanted to combine them, but yet I have a question, how do I make the giant sleeves and overall flowyness of the outfits? Like what are fabric suggestions? And possible pattern suggestions or just ways on making it. Thanks for the help in advance.
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Unread 02-27-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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Ooh pretty.
Traditionally, you'd probably use silk brocade, but that's cumbersome, expensive, and probably hard to find. In the photos, the outer robe looks like it's made of two layers, a sheer embroidered fabric over something heavier.
For my madoushi costume, which is similar in overall appearance, I actually used a fantasy-Renaissance pattern, think Lord of the Rings style. It requires quite a bit of modification, though. I think traditional Chinese sleeves are completely straight, just really, really wide; you might be able to freehand a pattern.
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Thanks for the advice ^___^
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Shenyi-small.png
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ruqun.png

There are two links that show a basic drawing of two different types of female hanfu. That will give you an idea of how to build your sleeves.

From the images you provided, it seems like you are looking for hanfu similar to what they wore during the Tang dynasty. To get some further examples, try here: http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i3...lden%20Flower/ These are images fro the movie Curse of the Golden Flower which is set during the Tang. There are a few decent shots (the attendant girls getting dressed) of the under dress that then has an open robe like hanfu (with the sleeves or without the sleeves) overtop of it. And the robe-like garmet can either fall completely open or be secured in at the waist or just below the bust.

I hope that helps a little bit. I'm looking to do a historical Tang costume and just started my research last night, so hopefully we can both benefit from it!

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Yes thank you D I'm trying to make one from the Tang dynasty cause yeah XD But thanks for all the references they will help a bunch!
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Ooh pretty.
Traditionally, you'd probably use silk brocade, but that's cumbersome, expensive, and probably hard to find. In the photos, the outer robe looks like it's made of two layers, a sheer embroidered fabric over something heavier.
JoAnne's has some pretty inexpensive brocade silks that always seem to be on sale. They're also pretty light, and would suit your purposes wonderfully.
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