Hanfu, a single silk robe or set of robes, is the most recognizable form of Chinese costume besides Cheongsam, and now people just wears it for festivals and other cultural exercises. However, now, almost everyone in every country knows hanfu after watching Chines films.
Steps to Make Chinese Hanfu
- Create a pattern.
- Draw a 40 inch long, 9 inch wide rectangular for collar, belt, cuffs and lap.
- Draw a second 40 inch long, 18 inch wide rectangular for the sleeves.
- Draw a third 80 inch long, 18 inch wide for the body pieces.
- Fix pattern pieces to fabric.
- Cut 6 of the first rectangle, 2 of the second rectangle and 2 of the third rectangle.
- Take the second and third rectangular pieces as the main body pieces and sleeve pieces.
- Fold them in half lengthwise, mark the fold lines on the wrong side, and then expand them.
- Fix the right sides together, 38 inches in from one short end.
- Use 1/2 inch seam allowance to stich these pieces together.
- Stich sleeves to body pieces.
- Stich each of the overlap pieces to the open inside edges of the body.
- Measure the distance between your shoulders and your hips, and mark it on the body pieces. Cut a 90 degree triangular part from the front of the robe. Adjust the position of mark.
- Sew the collar piece to the desired width, leaving one 1/2 inch wide raw edge hanging free.
- Stitch the cuff pieces to the ends of the sleeves.
- Fold the robe, sew the side seam, from the cuff to the hem.
- Stitch the belt piece to the robe.