Sizes: Extra Small to 3X Large
The Cheongsam (Cantonese for "Long Dress”) is an early 20th century variant of the Chinese Qipao, a hip-length shirt or tunic. The Cheongsam was first seen on celebrities and socialites as a way of modernizing this traditional garment. In 1929 the Cheongsam was chosen by the Chinese government as one of the National Dresses of China.
Our Cheongsam sewing pattern is simple, slender, and close-fitting. The dress draws the eye immediately to the classic fit, fabric, and finishing details. The construction is basic, with only two main pattern pieces. Cut without shoulder seams, the back and sleeves wrap over the shoulders. The curve of the front piece opens on the right side and fastens with frogs and a side zipper.
The dress fits closely in the bust and hips, while skimming over the waist, and tapers to a slightly curved hemline. Side slits provide ease of movement. The dress is offered full-length and in a contemporary just-below-the-knee length.
Pattern also includes instructions for custom fitting. For instructions and additional cutting layouts for traditional bias-bound version, click here.
Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight silk; lightweight brocade and jacquard weaves; satin; rayon or blends.
This pattern is available as a paper pattern and a PDF pattern. This is the PDF version (for the paper pattern, go here). The PDF pattern will be available to download from a link after checkout. The PDF version has several files: tiled for print at home on A4 and 8.5"x11" paper (36 pages), 36" copy shop version, A0 copy shop version, sewing instructions, lore and authentic detail, and instructions for a bias bound version.