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#1 mwhahahak

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:25 PM

I need some help making a Hanfu that looks like the pic below for a costume. Can anyone with expertise in this area help me?

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 07:30 PM

I need some help making a Hanfu that looks like the pic below for a costume. Can anyone with expertise in this area help me?

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Somebody already asked a similar question on another thread a couple of years ago: http://www.chinahist...erns-for-hanfu/

However, the only concrete information that was provided was a link to the wikipedia page on Chinese Clothing: http://en.wikipedia....hinese_clothing

It has drawings which might be useful. Here they are:

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Your style of Hanfu seems to be a mixture of all three with the wrapping of the first, the smaller bell shape of the second, and the sash of the third.

I'll keep looking to see if I can fined exact patters complete with measurements. If this is for Halloween, you better get start a.s.a.p!

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 07:39 PM

Thanks I know the basic shape of the Hanfu but I not sure what measurements I need to take so i know how much fabric to buy. I was very happy to see someone reply to my topic and I did see the topic but there was not a solid pattern I wanted again thanks for your help!
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 08:03 PM

I found a girl online that has sewing patterns for a Hanfu from a Chinese website. I'm waiting for her to reply to my message. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 09:22 PM

This page has measurements, but no pictures: http://www.ehow.com/...se-costume.html

Edited by ghostexorcist, 13 October 2009 - 09:22 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2009 - 12:22 PM

Hello! I am the person that was contact for a little bit more info on this particular garment. Yes, I have made one using non-historic methods, with great results. (http://wildworldofpink.blogspot.com/)

The first thing to ask yourself is if you are planning on making this based on historical accuracy or use modern methods. The reason why this is important is because most of the documentation I have found shows that the widths of fabrics during the Han was no greater than 20 inches wide, due to the size of weaving looms in period. The reason this is important to point out is because the greatest confusion most people run into when working with the below patterns are the extra lines in the patterns. These are seamlines based on historic sizes of fabrics.

Now that we've gotten this out of the way - here are some different patterns that can assist you. These patterns are ones that I've downloaded from various history forums and books. There is a fairly recent publication (Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture, by Alexandra Bonds) that does a WONDERFUL job of making direct correlation between the historic methods of garment construction and the methods that are still used today in constructing operatic costuming. AND it has fantastic patterns! If you plan on engaging in more sewing projects - I highly recommend it.

PATTERN ONE: shows a similar diagram to that on the wiki site

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PATTERN TWO: Shows a way to cut the fabric, utilizing more historically accurate seams and fabric use, as well as how to include the actual wrap pieces.

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PATTERN THREE: is a VERY good pattern for a standard crossover, but really shows the seams and cutting instructions well, as well as how the garment should lay, and the historic seams that I've been talking about.

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as for the measuring....measure yourself in the following areas:

* largest part of the chest
* center of neck to wrist
* top of shoulder to ankle (or however long you want the garment to be)
* then, measure up from where ever you want the hem to be UP to about 3-5 inches below your armpit. This will help you decide how big or small to cut for your sleeve holes.

The hardest part of the Shen-yi specifically is the COLLAR. It sucks. Nothing makes it easy. You will just have to measure a TON of your chosen collar fabric, decide how wide you want it to be, and fit it by hand with pins prior to sewing. If you try to rush it and just serge or stitch it on without fitting it first it will twist, you may not have enough fabric, or any other random problems that can occur.

Another important point to make is that while many other historic Chinese garments showed some kind of slit or opening of the side seams, with the Shen-yi I have yet to see any evidence that there was any. It is one solid garment.

That's most of what I can think of for now, I will pop back in if I think of anything else. Otherwise, feel free to message me personally if any other questions come up.

Regards,

Furen Wu


I need some help making a Hanfu that looks like the pic below for a costume. Can anyone with expertise in this area help me?

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 12:53 PM

Thanks! Soo much but I can't see the images so if you could fix that it would be perfect! But thanks anyway for the guide lines!
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 01:58 PM

I used the second Wikipedia image as a guide, added wider sleeves and sash, and an apron. Turned out pretty well, if I may say so myself.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 02:43 PM

Hello! I am the person that was contact for a little bit more info on this particular garment. Yes, I have made one using non-historic methods, with great results. (http://wildworldofpink.blogspot.com/)
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Thanks for coming through so quickly! And welcome to the forum.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 05:41 PM

Hey Furen can you tell me where my body measurents would go onto the pattern?
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 07:45 PM

After some hard work my hanfu still turned out ok
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:52 PM

im trying to make a hanfu for a fashion show and unfortuately i can only use trash. this is gona be tough :<

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:51 PM

I tried to search on net but couldn't find anything. I was wondering if anyone's made a Hanfu? I know that it's available in market, but it's too costly. So I wanted to make one. I tried to follow all the steps mentioned here, but still unable to make one. Please if any body can help me by giving some easy steps, I would be really thankful. I'm really crazy to get one hanfu.




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