(Closed) Qipaos with Short Sleeves

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I think Mrs. Emerald wore one for her wedding…check out her historical blogs, I think she has pictures.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you can get one really tailored to fit you it won’t be too big of a problem.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I wore one to my brother’s wedding, and it was so unbelievably uncomfortable.  My back was ramrod straight for the entire reception because the dress was so tight that I was literally unable to slouch.  When my bra strap slipped down, I had to have someone else tuck it back because I couldn’t lift my other arm high enough.

This was an off-the-rack dress I had bought in Hong Kong.  I loved how it looked and got lots of compliments, but that was seriously the most uncomfortable thing I had ever worn in my life.

My sisters all wore qiqaos at their own weddings, and they 1) had custom tailored dresses 2) were very very skinny.   I was relatively thin, but I definitely had more curves than the average Chinese woman.

So if you can one tailored, or/and are very skinny, go for it. =)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

Maybe what you could is have a "cap" sleeve instead of a short sleeve. A cap sleeve is shorter and curved so you can still raise your arms.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

Thank you! A good fit and good alterations are important. The sleeve on my qipao was a cap sleeve. The short sleeves come about 1/3-1/2 way down your arm and then you can’t lift your arms. A cap sleeve is different from a short sleeve, just to clarify. Cap sleeves are cut on the bias and offer a bit more stretch although there’s nearly no stretch in brocade. If layed flat, a cap sleeve will be on an angle whereas a short sleeve is straight across your arm.

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