|Half sewn, half pinned, one whole hot mess.|
Making this qipao is both easier and just as hard as I expected it to be.
Easier: I've never done fisheye darts in a woven before, and I had heard that they were tricky. Thankfully, I was pointed in the direction of a couple of excellent resources: 1) Sherry's excellent and comprehensive dart tutorial, and 2) this Threads video tutorial. And good thing, too, as I had no idea that the middle part (the fattest part of the diamond) wasn't actually supposed to be pointy. Thankfully, Sherry set me straight and I was able to make a nice smooth curve with no angular bits. Also, thanks to the Threads video, I am never tying off my darts again. I've tried the backstitching thing before and inevitably sew off the the fabric or out of the dart allowance, so I've always settled for tying them...no longer!
|Weird random fading at the top.|
|Didn't I warn you it was a hot mess?|
I've got one side seam done (it took several tries to get the curves just right), and am now trying to figure out how to do the other, more complicated side. I'm not entirely sure how the buttons/snaps/zipper all come together. I might just end up calling my mom to ask her. I've pinned the whole thing onto myself a couple times, though, and I'm getting excited! I really like the fabric, even if it's not silk brocade, and a sheath dress is just so flattering, even if I never sit down in this one. It's hard to know how much ease to leave for sitting. The last time I wore a qipao was a year and half ago, for my wedding banquet, and at the time I wasn't exactly paying attention to things like fit and ease.
|Not entirely a traditional one, either, so I don't even have hazy memories of the side closure business. Also, we managed to go the entire night without any picture of only the two of us, so apologies to the auntie whose face/body I cut off.|