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Throwback Thursday – Free Chinese Dress / Qipao pattern for girls

January 19, 2017
Every year just before Chinese New Year, I see a renewed flurry of activity in our local sewing community -The Sewing Network, from mothers/aunts/crafters sewing and making Qipaos /Cheongsams for their little ones. This year I've decided to compile some of them to show you all the amazing things that they have done with my simple template as a base.  From adding sleeves, to tulle sleeves, going collarless for comfort, adding gathered skirts, romper style, matching doll sets. All you need to give your little girl a wide smile for Chinese New Year is a simple and free pattern, plus lots of love and creativity. :) compilation3_9x9_600 This pattern had its roots 9 years ago, when I first made attempted to make a mash up dress+chinese collar for my then 3 year old daughter. Being inexperienced, I created a front flap opening, but sewed up the gathered skirt at the waist line. Needless to say, it was a struggle getting in and out of it, haha... That idea was revisited a few years later, you can imagine how traumatized I was at my failure, but I was determined to get it right, by copying the side opening from a store bought Qipao my husband bought for us from his business trip to China. I finally understood how it worked and so created a free pattern (click here for the free pattern) and launched it in January 2014, plus sewing video tutorials (click here to watch the videos on youtube) to make it easier to understand. Anyway, this year, Chinese New Year falls on 28th Jan which is rather early. It seems like Christmas just came and went and I just got settled in the new school routine. But it's based on the lunar calendar so it's not up to us to decide ;P  I am still struggling to spring-clean, and am still sewing our new outfits for CNY2017. I have lowered my personal expectations for this year and I'm probably only going to make one outfit per person instead of 2. I just hope I can make it in time! In the meantime, have a look through and get inspired by these creative ladies from our local sewing group - The Sewing Network. Click on the arrows to see the next slide. The copyright of photos belong to the owners as stated in each picture. If you wish to be included in the gallery, just message me on Facebook or email me with your photos.  Enjoy and be inspired!
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3 Comments

  • Reply Yany smits April 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Hi
    Im so happy to find your blog. Im from Singapore but in japan now. I was at the supermarket and out of impulse i bought the latest Style Book. I was so thrilled when i saw it was featured in your site. I felt some sort of relief.
    Anyway i just started sewing completed my first shirt and sheath dress. I really love japanese design and would like to start making something.
    Would you recommend 2 english japanese sewing books i can start with. I saw several and afraid to choose.
    Thanks so much.
    Yany

  • Reply Summerbabies October 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Hello! I am going to learn how to sew for their Chinese New Year clothes next year. Do you have any tutorial to share for the boy’s blouse. It is really awesome. I could only find the tutorial for cheongsam. Thank you!

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books October 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      I’ve had a lot of queries about the boy’s shirt. I will try to get the tutorial done by this year…. thanks for asking! 🙂

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