Cheongsam is the quintessence of Chinese fashion culture and it has become the “standard configuration” for oriental beauties. In recent years, with the improvement of cheongsam, the fashion of Chinese dresses has gradually becomes more and more popular. And as a result, more and more modern fashionable women fall in love with such amazing dresses. How to choose a suitable cheongsam with high quality for them has become particularly important, and we can judge the quality of cheongsam from the version, sewing, embroidery and buttons and other aspects. At the same time, the comfort and styles can also be used as reference.
Type version (stereotype)
Well, we can judge the cheongsam from the comfort at first, if the cheongsam is not so comfortable for you to wear, then this dress is not the one for you. According to the experiences of the master Yang Chenggui (He came from Taiwan, China and passed away already), he had many years of experience in the production of Chinese dress. He roughly divided the Chinese dresses into more than 20 stereotypes according to the Chinese women’s body. Every worker will modify the cheongsam according to the physique characteristics of the customer. And they will do the adjustments to the details, which can make the cheongsam be more comfortable and this action can let the clothes fit the customer to the greatest extent, and reveal the temperaments of the lady.
Fabrics and patterns
The softness of the fabric can affect the fitness of the cheongsam directly. Many Chinese dress production workers said that almost all of the fabrics can be used to make the Chinese dresses. So let’s talk about the fabrics now. When it comes to the traditional fabrics, brocade is relatively hard, and it can be used to modify your figures if your figure is not so perfect. And Chinese dresses made of such fabrics are generally used in formal occasions in the cold winter. In contrast, the silk fabric is relatively soft, which can also be used in formal occasions, and such dresses are suitable for summer. In nowadays, the new materials with Lycra are favored by those famous designers.
In recent years, the cheongsam has begun to be modified into daily clothing, but in some important occasions, some specific elements are still required to reflect the atmosphere. For example, in Chinese wedding, the bride generally wear a Chinese dress with the pattern of Phoenix, peony, lily, which can be translated into the meaning of richness, auspicious, life of conjugal bliss. If the dress is used as a daily wear, then those young girls will choose lattice Chinese dresses, which can make them lovely and cute. By the way, many people like lotus pattern, which can be used to represent cleanness and such dresses can heighten the pure and elegant temperaments of the girls.
Bindings of the Chinese dresses
Bindings of the Chinese dresses are used to wrap the slits, collar, cuff links, bottom lines and etc. Those opening parts need to bindings to make the whole dress look more beautiful and smooth. And the color of the binding is generally the same color of the dress or just choose the similar color of the cheongsam.
When we learn how to judge a cheongsam, we must learn how to check the bindings. The production process of the bindings can be used to inspect the quality of the cheongsam. You should pay attention to the external piping of the dress and at the same time, you should also pay attention to that whether the inside piping line is uniformed and fine. For those hand sewn bindings, there are more stringent regulations, if there is a distance for almost 3.3 cm, the worker should seam 11 to 12 pins, and when you touch the bindings, you can feel comfortable with the smooth lines. If there are too many stitches, then the cloth will become stiff, while if there are too little stitches, the whole dress will become rough.
Embroideries in the cheongsams
Embroidery can be viewed as an important role which can be used to reflect of the quality of the Chinese dress. China’s embroidery crafts have different characteristics in different regions, and those best known embroideries are Beijing embroidery, Suzhou embroidery, Hunan embroidery, Gu embroidery and so on. In the technology of embroidery, the most common is the Beijing embroidery and Suzhou embroidery.
Beijing embroidery is also known as the palace embroidery, which is also one of the “Yanking eight wonders (embroidery in Beijing, cloisonne, jade, ivory carving, lacquer, gold inlaid lacquer, filigree, palace blanket); and the characteristic of the embroidery is the exquisite choice of the materials. The color of the embroidery is luxurious, and the pattern must have the intention to be lucky. Those embroideries in the clothes of the officials of the Ming and Qing Dynasties are the representative works of Beijing embroideries. And the typical process is called as the knit seed embroidered, and the twist the gold threads into a pattern, then make a knot to make the embroideries more elegant and luxurious.
Suzhou embroidery is very popular around the world. And the characteristics of such embroideries are delicate and clear. The color is also elegant. We can see such embroidery in common little tasks, costumes, hanging screen and so on. The most famous one is the double-sided embroidery. And such works are often lifelike. We can also call this process as the needle painting. The characteristics of the embroidery techniques can be concluded as “flat, homogeneous, harmonious, light, smooth, and uniform.”
Pankous of the Chinese dresses
Pankou is the main form to connect the lapels. And its production process can be used to show the quality of the cheongsam, so pankou is a really important element in the cheongsam. It is also one of the unique symbols of Chinese traditional clothing. In the traditional cheongsams, pankous are used in the collar, skirts and slits and other parts. And the modern cheongsams have been modified to make it easy to wear, so the pnakous in the lapels have been replaced by the zippers. But there must be a button in the collar part, which can play a practical and decorative role.
Though pankou is small, the making process is even more complicated than sewing clothes. When making the pankous, we should use cloth as the based materials, and then we could use coiled wire, copper and other materials to make this cloth into a variety of flowers patterned buttons. There are some traditional pankous, and some pankous look like the shape which they are called, such as gourd pankou, Pipa buckle. And there are some plant patterns, in common, such as the chrysanthemum buckle, orchid buckle and so on. And there are some pankous look just like the Chinese characters like “luck, wealth, longevity and happiness” series, and there are some pankous like “dragon and phoenix” style, which are made with auspicious meaning.
Cheongsam has hundreds years of prosperity, and it shows again with the name of the classic fashion. The beauty of the Chinese dress is the interpretation of the wearer. Only when the wearer can combine her heart and soul together with the cheongsam can we call the Chinese dress as the best dress and call the woman as the most beautiful woman around the world.