Happy Chinese New Year 2013! Wishing everyone happiness and health always. For CNY this year I wore 2 handmade dresses, which was a first as I have always been wearing RTW previously.
On the first day of CNY I wore a cheongsam I made using the Burda Fatina pattern, made with inexpensive kain songket fabric. The fabric has a beautiful sheen and weave to it. Kain Songket is sort of like brocade but thinner and is prone to ravelling fibers. In the past I have always felt slightly guilty buying pricey RTW cheongsams and only wearing it once for this annual special ocassion but this year I am guilt free as I made my own cheongsam. This is my second time making this pattern, you can see the the first one here. As many have mentioned, this pattern is a bit boxy so next time I make it I will make sure I include bodice darts at the back.
A picture of the cheongsam I took using my Iphone. The collars are piped with orange piping.
On the 3rd day of CNY, I wore my handmade dress from Simplicity 1877, a Leanne Marshall pattern. The pattern features a dangerously low plunging neckline and also low arm holes which is not for the faint hearted like me. I prefer not to wear the dress with a tube inside so I raised the neckline by a whole 5 inches and also raised the armholes (which created some slightly noticeable pulling at the side of the dress).
I rather like the ruffly bits at the shoulder which is a Leanne Marshall signature. The inverted V waistline creates a slim silhouette for the waist and the front pleats are very interesting. This pattern is rather easy to sew up but it took me a bit more time as I chose to line the bodice.