Saturday, October 25, 2014

His and Hers Chinese shirt and blouse

This is my version of a His and Hers Chinese shirt and blouse.   My hubby loves to wear this kind of traditional Chinese shirt during the festive New Year season.  His favourite shirt is old and discoloured so I thought I'll try and make one for him as Chinese New Year is just around the corner!!!  :-)  I have never made a shirt before let alone a Chinese shirt so I did warn him not to expect too much!!  I used his old shirt and drew the pattern out on brown paper making some adjustments...longer..bigger around the waist :-)        I had to readjust a bit here and there because my pattern drawing is not good and this is the final outcome!!!  All ready to usher in the year of sheep 2015!!

This is my version of a Chinese blouse.  I drew this pattern using a blouse I bought from Uniglo.  I just added the mandarin collar and Chinese button.  I had to make adjustment to the V neckline as it was very low and a bit too wide for my liking.  The rectification resulted in a very nice V neckline.  I really like it!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


This is my first attempt at making a Chinese Qipao or Cheongsam.  My cousin, Michelle, downloaded the pdf pattern from the internet and painstakingly pieced 32 pages of the A4 size papers together!!  She drew the completed pattern out for me on a single sheet of paper which made my life so much easier and faster to make this dress!!!  However, after completing the dress, I found out that it's a little bit tight for me so I ended up putting two darts at the back of the dress to make it smaller for my niece.  I am hoping she can fit into it!!!  I had some trouble piecing the mandarin collar, though.  I had to rip it apart and watched some videos on Youtube to get it just about right!!!  For info, this pattern on the internet is size S.  I think I need an M..... :-(