Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Textile Museum of Canada : Children’s Hats and Clothing from China

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Lily is working on her fashion badge for Girl Guides.  One of her challenges is to study the clothing of children in three countries.   She chose China as one of her countries of study.

As part of her badge challenge,  we visited the Textile Museum of Canada which has a special exhibit “Good Beginnings Children’s Hats and Clothing from China”.  She was required to write down her own observations - she recorded the use of silk, vests, collars and hats.  She found (and was puzzled) that the display featured more clothing for boys than girls. She was interested in the use of certain animals or flowers to adorn the pieces.  Below are a few examples of the garments on display:

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Above -  new year celebration hats.

IMG_1435It was a fun afternoon, but we came home to frozen pipes (!).   After the pipes were thawed, I was still inspired and stitched up these qipao / cheongsam doll dresses using this pattern.

The fabric for the pink dress is “little blessings” by Lakehouse.  The purple dress is “Chinese Lanterns” by Patty Young (Playdate collection for Michael Miller.) It is a sweet pattern, perfect for upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations!

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Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

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