A few years ago, RH, my mom and I went to Seoul, Korea, for my uncle’s 70th birthday party. This is a photo of my uncle and his pretty family. The beautiful, colorful gowns my aunt and cousins are wearing are hanboks, or traditional Korean dresses.
Hanboks are worn for special occasions, and my mom has wanted to buy one to wear for Korean Thanksgiving and other cultural holidays. For Christmas, I gave her one! Actually, I gave her a future hanbok, as I told her I would sew her a custom dress in the colors of her choice.
I’ve bought the fabric for her dress: a pink satin for the jeogori, or jacket, and a navy blue taffeta for the skirt, called the chima. I decided to use the Folkwear #141 pattern after searching high and low for the Simplicity version to no avail.
I’m excited to make this for my mom soon, but I have a bit of a reprieve since there aren’t any hanbok-wearing occasions coming up. I’m glad that I’ll be able to take my time with the project and not rush it! I’ve traced the pattern onto Swedish tracing paper and cut out almost all of the fabric pieces. That took much longer than I expected it to, but I’m trying to be extra careful so the final product gets the Mom seal of approval.
Do you have any special sewing projects on your to-do list?