Photos of the finished dress are at this posting: https://theenchanteddressshop.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/cheongsam-new-york-style-part-one/
The cheongsam was made using a Japanese medium weight cotton furoshiki. If you use such a textile remember to select one with the smallest possible pattern.
If you are using a lightweight cotton, you may want to consider underlining the cheongsam to give it more body. This will help the darts stay crisp and the curve over the hipline remain clear. Please see this posting for details on underlining: https://theenchanteddressshop.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/underlining-cutting-marking-and-basting-a-16-scale-doll-outfit/
I called this style “Cheongsam New York Style” because it is a simple dress that captures the look of a cheongsam but has an easy quality that does not require a high level of detail. The simplicity frees you from having to create the look of the traditional Cheongsam with ball buttons and an assymetrical opening at the front.
Included is the pattern for the purse. The posting with photos of the purse and jewelry is at https://theenchanteddressshop.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/cheongsam-new-york-style-part-two-the-accessories/
I drafted this pattern when I designed doll clothes under the name of Victoria Marie Celeste.
Pattern for “Cheongsam New York Style” dress.
Use of this pattern: I am the creator of this dress and pattern. I release it into the commons for use by others for personal or manufacturing purposes. A link back to this blog is appreciated if you use the pattern. I’d love to see a photo of your finished creation. This 1:6 scale pattern was custom drafted for Sonokong Sharp and Aeyin. If you are using any other make of 11 1/2″ fashion doll I recommend making a muslin first.
The photo of Kaitlynn’s dress and some sewing notes are in this posting. There is also another posting about her accessories.
This pattern was custom drafted for Sonokong Sharp and Aeyin dolls. Please make adjustments when using it for other types and dolls. It is essential to proof the fit by means of a sample before cutting the fashion fabric.
I give permission for free use and circulation of this pattern. Please give me credit and a link back to this blog.
Please Note: This is style 2 not style 1.
The photo and some sewing details for Molly’s Greenaway Girls look are in this posting.
This pattern must be scaled to inches when printing. A ruler or measurement line is included.
This pattern was custom drafted for the Sonokong Sharp and Aeyin dolls. Use for any other type of doll will require modifications. Please test on a toile before cutting the fashion fabric.
I permit free circulation and use of this pattern. I would like credit for the pattern and a link back to this blog in return.
If you plan to add a ribbon trim along the empire waistline cut a little extra width at Center Back. The application of ribbon tightens the fabric and fit.
Please see the previous postings for details about the outfit and sewing:
Sweet Leisure: Kaitlynn’s Holiday Hostess Gown
Sweet Leisure: An inside look on the design and sewing details
The tape measure shown for the scale in each scan uses centimeters.
These patterns are custom drafted for Sonokong dolls but you are free to use them and change as you need to. I’d love to see how you use and adapt them.
Please note: You will need knowledge of using a printer to size up or down the results of the printout. I do not have that knowledge but if anyone does and would like to send me the instructions I will be happy to post them here.
Bodice Front and Back.
Kaitlynn greets the mornings during the Christmas Season with a look of understated elegance.
Kaitlynn always takes her vacation during the Christmas Season. She enjoys receiving visitors during the week in which Christmas occurs and will have open house every afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m. Visitors are welcomed with a buffet style tea time complete with tea sandwiches, scones, biscuits and a cup of fresh brewed hot tea. Like her sisters Brooke and Kathrynne, Kaitlynn enjoys collecting vintage pieces. Her interests include unmatched pieces of porcelain and china teaware. Guests get to select the cup, saucer and cake dish they will use during the visit.
Some guests cannot make the afternoon open house so Kaitlynn welcomes them for a morning visit, often greeting them in one of her luxurious hostess gowns. This morning she decided that the lighter shades of peach and cream would be just as delightful as the darker pinks she wears during the holiday season. It helps that her guest parlor is also done up in pale, pastel colors and a cream colored Christmas tree adorned with pink lights is on display there.
Kaitlynn’s vintage cultured pearl bracelet with pale beads of gold was a gift from her sisters. They found it during one of their buying trips in London.
Kaitlynn enjoys combining a natural, understated look in hairstyling and make-up with elegant but simple pieces of jewelry. When she was able to locate the earrings and choker that went with the vintage bracelet she asked the estate seller in London to reserve them for her. Many told Kaitlynn that such elegant pieces deserve a dramatic evening dress and are better worn to an elegant function. She proved them wrong and has received many compliments on the day she wore the complete set of vintage jewelry with her custom made Holiday Hostess Gown.
All jewelry was made using gold toned wire upon which glass seed beads were strung and then shaped to fit the doll. No measurements were used. All proportions were judged by eye, frequently gauging the effect against the doll dress in the finished outfit.
A scan of the pattern is available here. Please note you will need knowledge of using the printer to scale up or down the results of the scan presented in the posting. You may use the pattern freely and adapt as you want to. It is custom drafted for a Sonokong doll such as the one shown here. Making a muslin sample for another doll is recommended.