The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 3

Three done, about_____┬ámore to go!! I am referring to the number of cheongsams I have in my humble collection. Seeing as how I am 93, the cheongsams just kept creeping into my closets over the years – without much fanfare! Would anyone care to guess how many more are yet to be included in my Cheongsam Challenge?

Some are more suited for day and others for evening. Today being Day 3 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge, I chose to wear a batik piece, with a bold and dramatic zig-zag pattern in maroon and navy blue that runs down the front, while the more subdued tiny leafy pattern adorns the back and sleeves. There is no opening that runs across the front shoulder so as not to vie for attention with the fabric pattern.

I have paired it with black sandals though you do not see it in the photograph. The green accessories add a touch of contrast to the whole outfit.

The Christmas tree is a miniature reminder that it is ‘Christmas everyday’ hence it is up all year round!

Have a wonderful start to the week and God bless.



The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 2

At the age of 93, I still never cease to be fascinated by the colours and patterns of batik sarongs. Though I do not wear the creative pieces of fabric as a sarong, I love having them fashioned into cheongsams.

Most if not all of my batik cheongsams were tailored in Shanghai and are a testament to the fine workmanship of the Shanghainese tailor.

This particular piece of batik oozes shades of lilac and complementary colour tones in the floral patterns that make it oh so pretty! Paired with lime green sandals to echo the leafy greens of the batik, and I am ready to go out.

I have made some batik pieces into blouses a la Chinoise (in design) – and those are picture perfect too. I just might be enticed to share them here on another posting…..

But for today, it is the Lady in the Lilac cheongsam for Day 2 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge.

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!



The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 1

I started to dress in cheongsam outfits in the mid-50’s when a lady friend suggested it to me. Since then, the cheongsam has been my ‘go to’ attire for church, special lunch or dinner occasions, parties and any special events.

Now even at the tender age of 93, I enjoy the ritual of dressing in the form-fitting outfit that accentuates the feminine curves. Choosing the right accessories (jewellery and shoes) to complement the fabric colours, helps to portray the complete image.

Somehow, the cheongsam manages to elevate the wearer’s image to one of utmost feminine elegance and charm – and it never fails to go unnoticed! Try it yourself and you will see what I mean.

Seeing as how I have several (I have not kept count of them all) cheongsams, I am embarking on the ‘Cheongsam Challenge‘ – ie: to dress up in one cheongsam each day and be photographed – for the sheer fun of it all.

So here goes…..this is Day 1. Starting off with a leopard skin print fabric with black lace sleeves. The beaded panels on the sandals I am wearing, were hand-sewn by me before being given to the shoemaker to be fashioned into sandals.

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I hope you will enjoy my Cheongsam Challenge as much as I do in presenting it for your viewing pleasure.

It also proves that gals love dolling up – no matter at what age!!

God bless.