This is the most recent project that I’ve almost finished:
Oh, and say hello to my happy onigiri ^^. I didn’t make him, I bought him from Supanova last weekend. I thought this might be a good time to introduce him. He makes me happy.
Anyway, about the garb, it’s only almost finished because the arms are slightly too long. I’m flipping the cuffs and hand sewing them in place. That’s going to take awhile since I hate sewing by hand.
This is actually based on about a year of on and off research from the internet and also using my cousin’s Chinese translating skills. It really sucks that I can’t read Chinese even though I was sent to Chinese school and everything ^^; So many sources for chinese garb are, for obvious reasons, in chinese. Anyway, so this pattern came from amalgamating various images that come up if you google “hanfu” as well as this very helpful website and their “for dummies” series which are thankfully in English. And also the various kung-fu series I’ve watched over the years 😛
I’m still getting my head around the various terms but I think this is called a Shenyi. Or maybe a Ruqin? Anyway, I was aiming for garb from the Han dynasty period. This was before mongolian influence so the sleeves are not fitted to the wrist.
The most common materials from that period were silk and linen. Cotton only came through to China from India after the formal establishment of the silk road and then only became really common when they figured out how to grow it. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to source silk of the right weight and price that making silk garb is practical. If anyone knows any sources with reasonable shipping to Australia please comment 🙂 I do have some linen but this light weight orange cotton has been sitting around at home for years and it was perfect to go with the patterned fabric on the collar and cuffs. Those are cotton as well; embroidery or painted fabric is a more period method of getting collar decoration but it’s just so much easier getting a pretty pattern printed on cotton. I got this orange flower pattern from the last time I took a trip to China. It helped that my cousin is into cosplay there.
The one other thing I haven’t finished is the sash. I haven’t decided what colour or pattern I want the sash to be. What colour goes with orange?