The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 17

Day 17 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge calls for an interesting batik sarong in brown and black, highlighted with leaf green.

Standing outside in the garden against a background of lush greenery, at first, and I just blended in with the vegetation! So I settled for an indoor shot with a trio of green plants instead.

Given the rather dense pattern of the fabric’s front panel, there is no front button opening. Hence, simple accessories that complement the colours of the cheongsam were chosen while bright green sandals complete the ensemble.

At 93, it is a wonderful start to the day when all is well-coordinated.

God bless.


The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 15

Hello and happy Saturday everyone!

How do you like my Peony Pink batik sarong cheongsam for Day 15 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge? (Oh my, we have been at this for two whole weeks! Here’s hoping that you continue to enjoy the Challenge.)

Though I have many outfits in different shades of pink, I do love this particular pink and the closest colour comparison I can think of is the peony flower. Also my absolute favourite flower.

CC15 - 6 DEC 2017

The diagonal strips on the front are filled with flowers in complementarily pleasing tones of purple and wine red while the cumin-coloured leaves provide a neutral base.

I chose to trim the front side shoulder opening with wine red satin and the Chinese style buttons are rather decorative in an effort to emulate the batik flowers. It gives me such joy to design my outifts with the optimization of colour coordination in mind.

Then comes the final touches to the ensemble. Black pearl accessories and self-beaded sandals in charcoal and I am ready to be photographed!

At all ages, it is important to be well-groomed and dressed appropriately to greet the day, and even more so when one is 93!

God bless us all.





The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 14

All that glitters is not gold! In this case, it is glitter paint for fabric.

Today being Day 14 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge, I thought it would be fun to share with you my DIY touch.

CC14 - 5 DEC 2017I outlined all the flowers and leaves on the front of my batik sarong cheongsam, to add some glitz to the heaviness of the black background.

With the slightest movement, the glitter outlines seem to dance in the light – if only fleetingly. The lines are so lightly drawn and yet gives the cheongsam a life of its own. Of course one can buy batik sarong fabric that comes with commercially done glitter outlines around the patterns, but it is so much more fun to create the same effect by oneself!

If you will notice, this cheongsam has the matt gold trim a few inches higher at the hemline, just to bring some point of interest to the otherwise plain black hem.

And the same trim at the front shoulder openings are slightly angular – again, just for visual interest.

The accessories add to the colour contrast of the whole ensemble while the gold-faced sandals complete the outfit perfectly.

Yes, even at 93, I try to present a well-complemented dress sense at all times.

Have a wonderfully creative day.

God bless.


The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 13

It is an overcast day and pastel colours come out to play, on Day 13 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge.

For a change, the patterns and colours of this batik sarong fabric are subtle yet eye-catching in a tranquil sort of way. Very gentle on the eye and makes me feel like a flower! Even at 93!

I chose to show both sides of the batik – that is, the ‘head panel’ and the ‘body panel’ on the front of the cheongsam. The opening on both sides of the front shoulders enables the top section to be of the contrasting section of the fabric.

To emphasize the pinkish-red hibiscus flowers, the edges of the outfit are trimmed in matt red. The same is used for the simple Chinese style buttons. I happen to love hibiscus, which is Malaysia’s national flower.

To complete the ensemble, I embellished it with red rose accessories (I told you I am young at heart..) and paired it with dark red beaded sandals – all of which I beaded myself.

CC13 - 4 DEC 2017

Have a wonderful and blessed day!


The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 12

Good day to one and all! Welcome to Day 12 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge.

I chose to wear a lovely lavender and black batik cheongsam today. I like placing the ‘head’ panel of the batik sarong in the front as it is striking and dramatic all at once, as you can see here.

For those who are unfamiliar with the joys of wearing a 100% cotton batik outfit, the fabric softens with time and hardly ever creases…and is oh so comfortable on the skin.

The satin trim around the edges is in the same shade of lavender too, and the same colour of satin trim is used for the simple Chinese style buttons on either side of the front opening cuts.

To add some colour contrast, I opted for vintage hand-beaded (by myself) orange accessories to bring the laid back lavender colours to life. And to complete the ensemble, a plain pair of gold faced sandals.

CC12- 2 DEC 2017

God bless.