The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 7

Surprise! Surprise! I am not in a batik cheongsam today!

It is Day 7 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge and I have chosen to don a delicate golden mustard coloured silk cheongsam with a straight H-line cut. This is from Hong Kong. I love silk, even at the age of 93! Don’t you?

The front hemline and side shoulder opening are emphasized with embroidered green silk, while thin red and silver grey satin trimming around the collar and edge of hem and side slits echo the embroidery colours. At the collar, a simple swirly Chinese button stands alone.

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I tried not to hide the intricate embroidery on the bodice with chunky accessories, so it is just simple seed pearls as a necklace.

And …. my self-beaded creamy white and greyish sandals.

Have a wonderful day and God bless us all.


What A Little Beads And Ric-Rac Can Do

Besides adorning my shirts, blouses and pants with hand-painted designs, I enjoy dressing up my clothes with hand-sewn beads and an assortment of braiding or ric-rac too.

Here are two of many of my blouses (which I sewed myself) – coincidentally they are both purple in colour.

Embroidered blouseOne is decorated with swirls of ric-rac and applique flowers, interspersed with beads.

Wooden beadsFor the other, I used only wooden beads which I salvaged from another blouse with very sheer fabric, and stitched them on to this purple blouse.

At age 93, I still derive much joy from my handiwork. I thank the good Lord for blessing me with such simple pleasures and good friends to cheer me on.