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« on: March 17, 2010 07:01:53 PM »

I am looking for some Chinese traditional costume.

Folkware is the only source I know. 

Have you use other brand of pattern?

I am trying to look for more choice.....

p.s. I like those St. Patrick Simile.  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010 08:57:42 AM »

Are you looking for a specific era? or class? or just everyday classic kimonos and all the stuff that goes with them?
Good News: the patterns are fairly simple to cut, and really haven't changed for centuries
Bad News: some of the sewing instructions can be confusing, mostly because there are things like openings in the underarms, and it's a lot of fabric yardage to do it right.

Folklore is probably your best bet for authentic but with good sewing instructions. Otherwise I'd send you to fashion history texts for serious authentic cuts, and those expect you to know how to put the pieces together.

If you can, go look at an authentic Chinese outfit (museum? costume shop? local cultural club?), that will help a lot if you can look at those funny arm holes first.

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010 01:33:28 PM »

You might be able to draft your own patterns from basic rectangular patterns, as the clothing shapes tend to be simple:

http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_rectangles.htm  (left side of page has a huge amount of useful construction details and patterns)



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