April 01, 2018
Our 131 Tibetan Chupa pattern is based on the authentic garment worn as part of the traditional dress for men and women of the Tibetan region of the Himalayas. For centuries, the chupa (or chuba) was worn with added layers of shirts, aprons, woolen sashes, and a panel coat. Today, you can wear this on its own or with a blouse for a beautiful modern look. Our chupa features a wrap front and shaping that results in a slimming silhouette. The dress is not a full wrap because you step into the skirt portion (or pull over), so will never flap open!
Sized for Missses Extra Small to Extra Large, it also includes a pattern for a chupa-inspired skirt. This is a simple garment to sew and very easy to fit. You can make it in various lengths from above knee to maxi length (I love my above-knee chupa). This is a such a flattering pattern - and perfect for spring. It can be worn in this changing weather - layered in cooler temps, and on its own in warmer ones, taking you right into the next season!
We are also featuring the 223 A Lady's Chemise this month. Usually hand-stitched of fine lawn or muslin, the chemise was the garment worn next to a lady's skin in the Victorian era. Today, our Lady's Chemise is the perfect nightgown or simple summer dress, or shirt. Delicate pleats accent the center front and back of the neckline (which is adjustable with ribbon drawstrings), and the short cap sleeves are gathered and ruffled. This garment can be cut at knee length for a gown/dress or at the hip to make a blouse. We also include instructions and alphabet designs for a Victorian monogram and authentic detailing.
Isn't this a gorgeous setting? We do most of our photo shoots now at my husband's grandparents home, a historic inn that his artist great-grandmother decorated in the 1910s (and it hasn't changed much since then!).