(Closed) Hips + Chinese wedding dress = ?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d just have one made.  I bet your FMIL knows a good seamstress.  My Chinese SIL had half her dresses (don’t ask how many there were) custom made.  All the Asian women I know are built like 1×6’s – even if I were a size 8 again (sigh) I’d never fit in their clothes (esp since my SIL is a 0-2!). 

(I’m also a white chick married to an Asian guy.  We had a traditional western wedding, but I did have my MOH in red and we did a tea ceremony for the parents)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You should have one custom made..most of them do. I checked into this in NYC, the dress ranges from ~300 to ~500 depending on style.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

yes you can easily get one made. However, most chinese dresses can be easily altered. Buy a size up and have the bodice taken in. Simple solution.

I’m in Vancouver and I had this modern qi poa made at $250:

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bandgeekskickbrass:  Hey there date twin!  Have you tried any on?  It might be that some suit you just perfectly as they are, or if not I agree with the PPs – get a larger size altered down at the top or get one custom made.  A good seamstress should be able to make something fit like a glove.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

OP – Can I totally thread jack and ask that you post pictures of any red dresses you try/get made! We don’t get enough of this kind of thing on the Bee 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Most qipao are made to order, so you can have one custom made to your measurements.  I ended up buying a sample to fit my hips and am having the bodice taken in (it’s pinned in this pic).  I am a true pear shape and was worried about how I would look in a qipao, but I love it!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LittleRiver:  That’s beautiful!  I’ve always loved oriental dress but there’s never an appropriate moment for me to wear that sort of thing 🙁

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@LittleRiver:  I think I recognize the shop you are in.

I was fortunate enough to be able to fit into one my mother’s three cheongsams that she wore for her weather.  I also wore the traditional skirt and jacket for my tea ceremony.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bandgeekskickbrass: careful with black. Black is associated to Chinese as badluck. Red and gold = goodluck and money 😉

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bandgeekskickbrass

My husband is also Chinese (and I’m Caucasian) and his Mom also took me shopping in Toronto for a cheongsam! Smile

She took me to Pacific Mall outside of Toronto.  There were quite a few shops that had cheongsams and we ended up buying one at a place called Bo Bo.  We actually bought one that was a few sizes too big and the shop owner tailored it down to fit me in one day!  He placed a bunch of pins up and down the edges of the dress and sewed the fabric inward so that he didn’t have to actually cut anything.  I also had him stitch the slit closed by an extra inch or so because it was way too high cut for sitting! lol  Even after he stitched it sitting was still a little revealing if I wasn’t careful.  The dress and alterations cost about $150 all together – which I think my MIL told me was about half the price of having one tailor made.  Also, because we don’t live in Toronto I would have had to make two trips if I had it tailor made.  

I think a little hip with the cheongsam is a good thing because it gives you some shape!

Some photos of my lovely red cheongsam….

 

 

Post # 14
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Newbee

absolutely gorgeous.. Chinese cheongsam like…. usually have great workmanship and tailor well… fit like a golve… Wink  Love it…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t do black..its taboo. Stick with Red or light pink. or Reddish. Black is bad.

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