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Cheongsam Dress 02/2012

Added Mar 2, 2012

by burda style ...

Munich, Germany






Chinese cheongsam dress sewing pattern. This tight-fitting version of the traditional Chinese cheongsam dress was made popular in 1920’s Shanghai and is a stylish great fitting piece of clothing. Also known as qipao or mandarin gown.

Material Notes

Silk crepe, fabric width: 135 cm (53 in) length of black : 1.20 1.25 1.25 1.30 1.30 m (13/8 11/2 11/2 11/2 11/2 yds) length of yellow: and 1.20 1.20 1.25 1.25 1.25 m (1 3/8 1 3/8 1 1/2 1 1/2 1 1/2 yds).
Vilene/Pellon G 785. 1 invisible zip, 40 cm (16 ins) long, and a special presser foot. 5 small sew-on snap fasteners.



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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Linen, Satin, Silk, Velvet

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    Mar 31, 2012, 03.13 AMby bootycrewqueen

    now this one I like.

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    Mar 25, 2012, 09.32 PMby omgdora

    I was looking for a pattern for a basic pencil dress with no waist seam, and ended up using parts of this pattern with modifications. Turns out it was the right choice! It’s very well-drafted, with a great fit at the lower back created by the combination of back darts and a curved center back seam. For a pattern described as “tight-fitting” it has too much ease, but I guess I should have learned by now to trace one size smaller than the Burda size chart tells me to.

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    Mar 6, 2012, 09.46 PMby transparentapple

    Nice. The curved top edge makes this really flattering.

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    Mar 6, 2012, 07.57 PMby zanne101

    Would anyone venture a guess if this could be made without the darts in the front? My middle is fuller due to surgery, but I love this dress. If made without the darts in front would it just hang straight like a shift?

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      Mar 7, 2012, 12.23 AMby omgdora

      I guess it would have a shift-type fit, with bust darts and slight shaping at the side seams. Are you worried about it hanging too straight? Because if you try it on and it’s boxy, it should be fairly easy to add very shallow darts where the original ones were removed.

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    Mar 6, 2012, 07.09 PMby ldlakip

    A beautiful updated design!

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    Mar 6, 2012, 06.53 PMby tatimaio

    I wonder if it’s too difficult to make?

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    Mar 3, 2012, 09.02 AMby Jaja---

    I love it!

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    Mar 3, 2012, 12.58 AMby flowergirl22

    i love this dress, might make if for my daughter.

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    Mar 2, 2012, 11.04 PMby LadyDanburry

    Totally awesome!

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