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Chinese New Year Qipao

Added Jan 26, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I decided that I wanted to make myself a new qipao for Chinese New Year. This was a challenge, as I didn’t have a pattern per se, just a drawing of a pattern from a website. I used a sloper to help me determine the dimensions and dart placement, then free-handed the curve in front. The side closure was a little tricky, but in the end I was able to figure it out. I had to add some extra darts to make the pattern as fitted as I wanted; it’s definitely the most spur of the moment dart-ing I’ve ever done. I also ended up making my own frog buttons out of bias tape since I couldn’t find the right shade of purple in the ready-made selection. All in all, I’m very pleased with my final dress!

More details and pictures here.

Material Notes

100% cotton for the shell, underlined with muslin. Traditional qipao are supposed to be silk brocade, but that’s awfully impractical. I bound the edges and made the frog closure with bias tape.




Garment Type


Qipao Pattern Drawing

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    Mar 5, 2012, 10.31 PMby dsims

    You did a fabulous job. Fit you to a tee. Keep up the work. by D’Sims (USA)

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    Feb 11, 2012, 06.49 PMby LimeSoda

    Skillful use of fabric. Lovely, lovely dress.

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    Feb 2, 2012, 10.20 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    It fits perfectly! and to think you drafted it all – that’s some awesome skill you have. I love the way the colours match too.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 04.50 AMby carolynberni

    Happy New Year. You look so nice in this dress. The colour is very lovely.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 09.20 AMby Stephanie Subagyo

    pretty dress! look fab on u :)

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    Jan 28, 2012, 06.23 AMby smallone

    I love you description…sort of reads I just winged this….and you got the most fabulous dress!!….wish I had the skill/confidence to create something so perfect. Love it!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 10.32 PMby claudine01

    Stunning use of the pattern in the fabric.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 05.04 PMby Swirlz1

    What a great job.. perfect fit…. Happy New Year!!!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 02.57 PMby hunnyxpot

    Love your choice of fabric too!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 01.15 PMby tigger0580

    You choose a beautiful fabric and made a gogeous dress!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 10.52 AMby u120418

    The fabric is wonderful!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 09.51 AMby redslippers


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    Jan 27, 2012, 08.39 AMby missb-1

    Fabulous dress and wonderful fabric!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 12.44 AMby rossallia

    So beautifully made and the fabric is lovely.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 12.01 AMby skeeler

    This is a great dress! Happy New Year…

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    Jan 26, 2012, 07.59 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

    Beautiful, from the fabric to the fit-perfection!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.24 PMby jacquipardue

    looks fabulous! the fabric is really lovely.

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    Jan 26, 2012, 03.30 PMby anajan

    Gorgeous fabric and a fabulous dress! Happy New Year!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 12.39 PMby claudinka

    Beautiful. The fabric is breathtaking!!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 09.19 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    love that fabric! great job

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    Jan 26, 2012, 08.47 AMby libbysharf

    So beautiful!! I love your fabric and the shade of bias tape… and drafting it yourself… wow!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 08.05 AMby loulourosa

    Love the fabric! It’s perfect for this dress. The pattern is very well done, the fit is perfect!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 07.16 AMby quiltsewsewsue


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    Jan 26, 2012, 06.54 AMby monikapullerits

    The fit is absolutely perfect! Cant belive you did it without a proper pattern. And the lenght is just right.

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    Jan 26, 2012, 06.41 AMby neenkster

    love everything about it! stunning!

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