The Denim Cheongsam

The Inspiration
I make an effort to sew a cheongsam for every Chinese New Year. I made one in 2011, 2012 (which I doubt I will be ever going to fit into them again), and the above is a very low resolution photo of my 2013 cheongsam. It was a peach cotton lace overlay with Shrek green cotton as a contrast. It is also finished with scalloped hem which I trimmed from the lace. For 2014, I needed a loose fitting cheongsam with more mileage in the coming months then.


The Dress
The plan was to infuse cheongsam elements into the Anda pattern. However, I was down most of the time throughout the first trimester (yes I worship the great white throne almost every evening) and ran out of time eventually. So I decided to discard the idea of attaching the Chinese collar. The end result turns out to be a pleasant marriage of the cheongsam and Anda, a perfect maternity wear.

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The Fabric
I chose denim for a more casual look, especially when this piece of denim has been sitting in my stash forever. Red polka dot piping was for that pop of ‘auspicious’ colour just to please the aunties. I’ve got matching nails to go with my outfit too! It’s one of my favourite dresses to wear to date, however ironing is quite a nightmare. This particular denim creases like mad when washed or spun in the machine.

I’m starting to plan for my 2015 cheongsam which may be quite a challenge: time, nursing needs and possibly a matching outfit for the little one. We’ll see!


5 thoughts on “The Denim Cheongsam

  1. megsewing says:

    Gorgeous!!! Love the colour combinations for them. Sewing a Cheongsam is on top of my list once I get more experience. Can’t wait to see your Cheongsam for 2015 🙂

    • YX says:

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks for your kind words! The cheongsams I sew are modified from shift dress pattern. Once you can sew a shift dress, just add the curve on the front and the mandarin collar, you are good to go with a zip at the back! I’m still thinking what to sew for 2015! Wish me luck 🙂


      • megsewing says:

        Good luck!!! but I don’t think you need it 🙂 You always make beauties. Time for me to seriously look at my shift dress pattern. Thanks for replying and letting me know how you make yours 🙂

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