Added Jan 26, 2012
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!
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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.
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