Qipao revisited – summer rayon

Remember a few years ago i had a Qipao craze after watching “In the mood for love“?

I had made three qipao so far. The first two fit very poorly and i have salvaged the frog buttons from there. The last one fit very well – Ive worn it to work parties and its pretty good! Though recently I’ve been wanting a even better fitted, and classic cut qipao.

I found Lekaka’s chinese dress pattern– Ive been wanting to try their customized pattern for a while and the cost of a pattern is pretty low. I entered my three measurements and enteredย some adjustment – narrower shoulder, shorter back, etc. It was easier than i thought! And guess what? the pattern came out quite perfect – i just had to pinch in an inch in the back!! (I didnt like how the sleeves fitted here though. I redrafted that for the next version). I added $0.50 to add seam allowance, so the pattern came out to be around $3. If my figure changes in the future drastically, i will need to purchase another one with the new measurement. But for the low cost, i really am digging this pattern company!

After consultation with hubby we decided an ankle length for this qipao looked the best. I did not over fit the qipao – this rayon challis feels pretty stretchy and not very strong – so I didnt want to stress the fabric. Having it just skim over my figure feels pretty good. Besides I still got that pooch to hide. Being a short girl, I used to never wear anything ankle-length. But recently I’ve stopped feeling the need to “look tall and skinny”. I really like this look on me – esp in the mirror. I feel cute and petite and pixie.

Love the fit in the back!

Silk remnant for edge of the front closure. I also made tiny delicate frog closure. This Qipao opens the classic way – meaning a zipper on the side and it opens up in the front where the purple line is. By the way – sewing with a smaller seam allowance is SO MUCH EASIER – esp when you are dealing with curves and zippers!

Wish i have a corner in the house to do a poster shot like these, but for now this will do.

Obviously I dont make dresses that is modest all the way. If the top is covered the bottom will see some light!

The rayon is very soft – and the pattern feels quite casual. I originally made this to wear to a friend’s wedding. But then I decided is this casual and more suitable for daily wear. I’ve work it to the library, market, etc. If you live in the US (maybe just california), you would knowย – I am dressing up WAY TOO MUCH for America/California. But when a girl loves a dress… she will defy social code to wear it ๐Ÿ˜›ย I’ve gotten quite some double takes from random people – not just guys – but its not quite the bad kind, i think ๐Ÿ™‚

12 thoughts on “Qipao revisited – summer rayon

  1. I love this! I want to make one before I leave China (not sure when that’ll be) and might have to use the same pattern! I love the shape and yes, I’ve started thinking like you … if you want a long dress, make it long! Doesn’t matter about how petite/short you are! I had a Qipao once that my parents brought be from Hong Kong and I really liked wearing it! xoxo

    1. yeap yeap! being cute and petite is just as great as tall and skinny. Just be who we are – everyone is truely beautiful in their own unique way!

      i hope you do make this pattern! especially with some silk you can get in china! ๐Ÿ™‚ cant wait to see it on your blog!

  2. I think the lightness of the colour and print also helps it not be too formal or overdressed – it’s well-dressed but not fussy. Australia’s the same on casual dressing, but you dress for yourself, so I kinda think as long as you don’t feel overdressed, you aren’t overdressed. Plus, your qipao is gorgeous, so who wouldn’t want to wear it!

  3. I’ve always wanted one of these too. Thanks for the review of Lekala. I tried their free pencil skirt and it was perfect!

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