I love hanbok, and every time I look at it I always think, "I can make this."
I finally tried and I don't know, maybe I can't... I tried to make an "inspired dress", because well, I don't have the right material and I really didn't have the confidence I can make it without the right pattern.
I decided to make the chima (skirt) into an inspired dress. I also chose an earthy fabric for the dress because I wanted it to be a everday dress for Baby Girl to wear. Traditionally chima doesn't come with the shoulder sling part (I don't know what the real word for this is, arm hole? neck hole? camisole?) so when it's open it looks like a long, tall and full apron. For Baby Girl, for decency sake, I added the shoulder. I then ruffled the chima to the top and and that just made it look like an any old party dress. So after much browsing online I realized traditional chima is pleated not ruffled. Doh.
So I added a small fold on top band below the armhole to make it look like a pseudo chima band, otherwise it just looked like a camisole. I think that kind of did the job except I chose a linen like fabric for the bottom so it didn't really have the right look still yet.
So I thought maybe an embroidery would help and I looked at the hanboks we have around the house and noted that chrysanthemum was used frequently except it looked like too much work so I chose a semi-asiatic pattern for the top. It was kind of tedious and I sort of got bored at the end but I willed myself to finish. Still, it didn't look like a hanbok.
I added some color on the riboon and I don't know I think that sort of helped. Well, I guess only because people would have no idea what the heck that is suppose to be, so mission accomplished?! Hahaha.