Added Oct 21, 2013
Fort Mc Murray, ...
I love Qipaos. Love them. They are my favourite form of ethnic clothing EVER. So I decided to set out and make my own version of a Qipao using Chinese brocade (polyester, not silk). I paper drafted the dress but I made a rookie mistake; I didn’t realize the importance of darts for making a tight-fitting garment such as this with non-stretchy material. The muslin fit fine (because of course I tried it without a zipper), but when I went to try on the actual dress, it was quite tight and squashed my breasts as flat as trash-can lids. I still wore it a lot, but then I gained weight over the summer and could no longer fit into it. :( However, I still have more of this material and am intending to remake this dress properly with darts this time. :p
The material itself is a vibrant red Chinese brocade with small golden peonies woven all over. It was quite amazing to work with so I might work with more Chinese brocades in the future.
Made March 2013.
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