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Baju Kurung Basics

In the spirit of Eid-ul-Fitri, this post will be about traditional Malay garments.

Here is a Wiki definition of Malay – “an ethnic group of Austronesian peoples predominantly inhabiting the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra and coastal Borneo, as well as the smaller islands which lie between these locations — areas that are collectively known as the Malay world. These locations today are part of the modern nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and southern Thailand.” Malays are predominantly Muslim and thus celebrate the two Eids. On these holidays, Malays dress up in festive traditional garments known as Baju Kurung (for women) and Baju Melayu (for men).

In general, there are two types of Baju Kurung, being the Pesak Buluh (Bamboo or Straight Gore) and Pesak Gantung (Hanging Gore). The difference lies mainly in the shape of the gore and gusset which attach the bottom of the sleeves to the main body, as shown in my illustrations here:

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Baju Kurung Pesak Buluh. “Buluh” here means bamboo, which refers to the shape of the gore
Baju Kurung Pesak Gantung
“Gantung” here means “hanging”. I don’t really know why the gore is considered to be “hanging”. But it consists of two pieces.

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Fancy Pants: 80% complete

After the last post on lazy sewing I guess the time is right to get back to full-on, draft-it-yourself, patterning from scratch. With the help of a friendly sewing teacher of course!

My last module in my sewing course involves sewing a pair of pants. Here is my pants sloper. Or ‘basic block’, depending on which side of the globe you happen to live in, or which sewing philosophy suits your fancy. Definitely one of the more difficult slopers that I have drawn so far.

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Some of the body measurements and drafting instructions are in Malay, my mother tongue. Because that’s how we roll in my sewing class.

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Lazy pants for lazy days

After completing a relatively complex (at my beginner skill level) lace dress project for a friend of mine, I decided that I wanted some to do some easy and quick “me” sewing. Sewing for me, by me, as a break from the world.

I settled on a pair of comfortable pants for lounging around the house, which in my case, means napping and generally being lazy after a crazy day at work. I did not even bother with drawing my own pants pattern, instead I picked one out from a Japanese pattern book.

This is a pattern book for clothing that can be sewn with overlockers and coverstitch.

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Past Works

These are some sewing projects that I have completed over the past year since I started lessons in mid-2013. I have posted the WIP stages of each project before on Facebook, but I’ll here on WordPress i’ll just post a photo montage. Let’s be serious, WIP photos aren’t that pretty, are they?

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Qipao top and double flounce skirt. My attempt at modern ethnic wear. Did I succeed or does it look a little off?

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