Monday, November 14, 2011

Upcoming Projects

Been pretty busy recently with an internship, but this is the lineup for December to March; sending it out into the virtual world means an implicit commitment to you dear readers to do my best to complete them!

1) Finish making gache with synthetic hair
2) Finish the second chima and alter jeogori. Here's the new colour palette:

All products can be purchased from Sonjjang apart from the dark green fabric which is available on, although I'll check out Arab Street and Spotlight before buying to see if I can save on the delivery fees.

3) The Houppeland/Burgandian gown Project after I am satisfied with the hanbok:

I've always wanted a gown like this; it looks like it came straight out of Le Morte d'Arthur and the romantic in me simply cannot resist a swathe of maroon velvet. Although I will probably have to investigate cheaper alternatives, judging from the prices of cloth in Spotlight :( The headpieces would also be fun and challenging to make. Thankfully, the construction of the houppeland has been more widely documented (in English) than the hanbok, so it should probably be somewhat easier to research!

4) Last but not least, a set of conceptual costume designs for a play or musical - still thinking about which text to pick at the moment - perhaps something from Wilde, or POTO, or something modern. Suggestions, anyone?

Hanbok QC

That's QC for quality check. After many occasions of prancing around in my hanbok and examining it in the mirror with a very critical eye, I've noticed some issues that need to be rectified:

1) Early on while drafting I failed to spot this in the Folkwear, or at least I thought it didn't really matter, but it does make a big difference if you are looking for authenticity. In Folkwear, the opening of the jeogori (pieces F and G) have a triangular shape as they slant towards the middle. However having made mine according to this pattern piece, I observed that you end up with a weird flapping triangle of excess material when you tie the jacket together. Hopefully the image gives a better explanation; sorry for the poor graphics quality!

Now if you follow the blue lines, the Folkwear pattern (on top) has a sloping diagonal line while the Korean pattern ends with two straight almost vertical lines on either sides of the jeogori. This gives a much sleeker shape that reflects the Y necklines of Chinese dress which were an influence on Korean clothing. It is pretty obvious in this picture of Ha Ji Won:

The Y line is even more explicit in this picture:

So here's another bit where Folkwear has gone wrong...I will have to unpick the lining and redo this edge.

2) There are apparently different widths and ways to tie the jeogori close: The 18th century one had a much thinner tie and the bow was slightly tilted to the side, as you can see from Ha Ji Won's picture. The bottom hanbok, in the modern silhouette, has a much wider ribbon that is positioned laterally across the bust. Another thing to be modified.

3) I'm going to be making another chima-mine is currently the epitome of boredom when I look into the mirror-or perhaps I'm way too fastidious, but I'm not too happy with it. I thought of putting gold foil trim around the bottom but in retrospect that would look tacky and very shiny. Also, I think I want a broader skirt and more pleats at the waistline, going to try it with 4 yards of cloth this time. Updates later on!

By the way, if anyone is from Singapore and would like to buy my chima, feel free to get in touch; I will sell it to you at cost price. Thank you for reading!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Wig Pictures!

Finally, some high quality photos of the wigs-on-stand I mentioned in the previous post, click to enlarge.