came out beautifully.
She has an existing Chinese blouse and pants bought by her aunt from Shanghai, so I followed the pattern on that blouse. Using the fabric as I mentioned in the plan, the result came out so well. This is the most beautiful part of the dress, and it motivated me to finish it.
The colour palette actually becomes quite peranakan. This was totally unplanned. The turquoise part was planned to be the printed as per the collar, but I changed my mind as it might be too flowery.
The collar is a great design because it fakes the design on the real cheongsam without standing up and “strangling” the wearer.
These Chinese knot buttons were handmade. If I were to name them, I’ll call them “please kill me”. They may look simple but were alot of trouble to make! I searched the Chinese web to find how to make and was sent all over the place without much success. Then I youtubed it, and bravo, got the video on how to make a celtic knot in a giffy. Yay, youtube! That was all I needed.
I saw such buttons selling at Chinatown when I was there last week. I wanted to buy but was hesitant cos I wasn’t sure about making Meimei’s dress yet. I’m just thankful it’s over. I don’t know how that original chinese blouse and pants was selling at SGD8 in Shanghai but I kowtow the tailor who made them.
Dress…I love love LOVE this fabric. Beautiful, beauitful fabric. It’s Bliss Paisley in Aqua by Bonnie and Camille. I bought them when my Dear was in US.
If clothe maketh a person, then I say this fabric maketh this dress. 🙂
My happy customer and the full dress view. 喜欢吗，妹妹？ 喜欢啊？给钱！
The waistline I followed the dress in this post. She was very comfortable in that dress. Comfort is very important.
It’s not over yet, the armhole is a tad too small and I have to alter them. She asked to change out of it just now because of discomfort. Also need to finish the inside seams…blueh..
Conclusion, I just made a Chinese accented dress using US designed fabric in a peranakan colour palette. How’s that for global integration? 🙂
Please visit my etsy shop Inagaki’s Shop for zakka sewing accessories fabric.
I have entered this dress in the Lil Blue Boo Design Challenge organised by Lil Blue Boo!