Both QQ and I were wearing cheongsam during our Chinese New Year celebration last year. QQ's was wearing a cheongsam dress, and mine a cheongsam blouse. Mine was bought, QQ's was handmade :-)
I used a Japanese basic dress pattern as the base, and widen the neckline and armholes. I also made the body of the dress wider for a more comfy fit. Unlike other traditional cheongsam dress which is fitted/ straight cut, I made the skirt A-line, roomy and comfy for a toodler. The fabric that I used was a light pink cotton fabric with sweet pink and purple flowers.
The raised Chinese collar and opening were based on my own pattern, and I was delighted that it turned out so well :-). I used 2 bars of purple satin piping and 3 sets of purple Chinese frog buttons to create the details. I also left small slits at the bottom of the skirt at both sides to complete the look. That was QQ's first cheongsam, year 2009.
I have some ideas for CNY year 2010, but nothing concrete yet... what would be nice this year? :-) See my other handmade projects.
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