Happy Chinese New Year!!! This year, I dared myself to defy tradition (of wearing red, pink, gold or any other bright colours) and made myself a black and white cheongsam for the new year.
“In The Mood for Love” is such an inspiration for cheongsams. It features a grand total of 20 cheongsams in the show. Though the plot is set to be in the 60’s, the cheongsams are not old fashioned at all. In fact they are all very modern in the selection of fabrics and prints.
I reused the bodice for my Tulip Cheongsam last year and extended the bottom with an A-line. It is crucial to make muslin before cutting the actual fabric, especially if you have a ‘troublesome’ body like me. I have a deep back arch which creates excessive folds if I didn’t shorten my back bodice. Cheongsam is a fitting dress and you have to make sure that it fits perfectly.
Etsy is my source of fabrics with contemporary and edgy prints. I was so so so glad to have found Plaid by Kathy Hall’s Coffee Buzz collection. It’s almost the exact same prints as the original!!!
I noticed the use of crochet floral trim and managed to find matching black ones in my stash. Instead of outlining both the collar the and curve, I chose the latter and added black piping to the collar and arm hole. The opening of the collar is also attached with eye and hook and the rest of the dress secured with a invisible zip at the back.
I am really happy how this dress fits me perfectly. I’m so going to make more cheongsams!
(Images from various sources)