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Dim Sum Party Dress

Added Sep 13, 2011

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






this took me longer than i thought to finish sewing, as i wanted it to look good. i mean, not only wearable, but actually look like it costs a lot. because this time i did a silk dress.
and not just a silk dress, but it’s a Laura Ashley printed silk dress :p

when i first bought the fabric, i was thinking of doing a cheongsam-style dress. but over the months that i was looking for the perfect pattern for the dress, i changed my plan…and decided to make use of the Pattern Magic book i got last year.

so i came up with this. for the top part, i used JJ’s bodice sloper, and tweaked it using the bamboo shoot technique from the Pattern Magic book. for the bottom part, i used Burda pattern no. 7577. you can see the bamboo shoot detail on the last pic.

to me now it looks more like a chinese tea party dress, or let’s say it’s a dim sum party dress, shall we? it has a silhouette of 1940s chinese dress, without the collars. and oh so much like Wong Kar Wai movies’ costumes, In The Mood For Love and 2046… <333

now if only someone would invite me to a party so i can wear this dress… (my problem is that i make cocktail party dresses too much and have nowhere to go to with them…sigh)

PS. for some weird reason, i can’t save the credits to this project, so here they are:

Pattern Magic book, vol. 1 English version
Burda pattern no. 7577
JJ’s Bodice Sloper (somehow it’s now gone from Burdastyle page?)

Material Notes

around 1,5m of printed silk fabric,
around 1m of satin bias tape for the armholes,
50cm invisible zipper.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jul 26, 2013, 05.06 PMby Misstristras

    Incrdeble work… I have seen no similar dresses in this blog by mixing a japanese book and a burda pattern.. Again: incredible…

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      Jul 29, 2013, 07.38 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much again for putting a big smile on my face! :)

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    Jul 29, 2012, 09.03 AMby SassyT

    Gorgeous. Just wear it to a nice restaurant one day. Just wear it lol.

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    Oct 19, 2011, 09.16 AMby sewgrannysew

    Oh, so beeaauutifuuuul! I was looking for the perfect cheongsam dress and voila! Here it is! I have the pattern magic book but was a little scared of using, afraid of ruining my very precious fabric….now I have a reason to use it, thanks! I’ll get down to making one for Chinese New Year 2012.

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    Sep 18, 2011, 08.25 AMby fuzzyg

    Oh, that is fabulous! You must throw a party yourself so you can wear it..

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    Sep 14, 2011, 11.32 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Beautiful! I love the fabric and the details on the chest. So cute that you have that dim sum head piece to go with the dress. That’s awesome! :)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 09.16 PMby LimeSoda

    Ooooo! Wow!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 09.16 PMby LimeSoda

    Ooooo! Wow!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 09.10 PMby alefthandgirl

    swoon. i love this.

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    Sep 14, 2011, 08.18 PMby juebejue

    i LOVE the dress! great use of the pattern magic detail :D now i want to make one~

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    Sep 14, 2011, 10.42 AMby peaches2218


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    Sep 14, 2011, 02.54 AMby saxsilverain

    thanks so much for your lovely comments, all!! :) :)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 02.45 AMby poppykettle

    Gorgeous! Looks great – love the pattern magic books!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 02.21 AMby turtlegirl00

    this is amazing!!!! i keep forgetting to order that book—i must! Such an excellent job on fitting and the fabric is divine!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 02.04 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh this is great! the bamboo technique is lovely. it does look like you would have paid alot for this dress! fantastic pattern making miss! everything is perfect!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 01.52 AMby stefanisarah

    Wow, great job, great fit! Although, I can not get over thinking how you would get into this close-fitting dress with a 40cm zipper.

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      Sep 14, 2011, 02.53 AMby saxsilverain

      oops, maybe i remembered it wrong :)) maybe it’s a 50cm, i seriously don’t remember! and it’s at the side of the dress..i’ll change it now in the info in case someone else also wonders about it :D

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    Sep 13, 2011, 09.21 PMby milkyway

    OMG this is so gorgeus, love absolutely the print and color, you look amazing looks your shoes too

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    Sep 13, 2011, 08.35 PMby MaggieMoise

    gorgeous, I love that color on you and the faux braid style in the front suits the dress well and flatters your figure, really nice, although I would not wear it with those shoes.

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    Sep 13, 2011, 08.31 PMby morganelle

    Really lovely and unique!

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