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Baby Girl ‘Qipao Dress’

The starting point of me really getting passionate about making clothes was my sister in law’s wedding. Prior to her absolutely stunning wedding celebration, they got married on an ice rink with skates and several ice dancing shows, we talked about her dresses for the ceremony and what our family would wear for the event. Since my husband’s side of the family has in part a Taiwanese background, I thought it would be fabulous to wear a Qipao/Cheongsam dress. It also reminded me of my time in Shanghai, where I would wear quite a few traditional Qipao dresses. For the wedding I did not want to wear a traditional one though, it is really hard to move in a pencil dress at times, but I envisioned a very flowing skirt. Since I did not know where I could find this kind of dress and since I wanted to have my little girl wear a matching one, I decided to tackle the task of designing and sewing my own version.

Up to that point, I had made a few vests and some harem pants for my son, but that was about it when it came to my sewing experience. I have to admit that it was a bit of a scary project at times and I was not sure in the beginning, whether it would be a success but in the end I think it came out quite nicely.

I started off by going through sewing patterns to find a Qipao dress of which I could sew the top part and I decided to have it flow into a circle skirt. It was not easy at all to find a Qipao pattern but in the end I went with New Look 6203. I cut the top a little shorter than suggested and added a black belt right around the waist which I attached to the skirt. I am quite a big fan of piping, so I added a black trim piping all around the edges and of course, three Chinese buttons on the shoulder. Credit for the really beautiful Chinese brocade fabric goes to my husband, who chose it and brought it from China.

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All of us at the wedding in our matching outfits.

 

For my little girl’s dress, I started off with a simple sleeveless top but I altered the front to create the look of an overlap. I then went ahead in the same manner as I did with my dress: I added the black belt and the circle skirt and finished it off with black piping and one Chinese button on the shoulder. The back of her dress is a little different from mine. My dress has a zipper on the side but I wanted to make it easier for her to get dressed, so I put a cut in the back that can be closed with two additional Chinese buttons. Since the wedding was held outside, I also made her a black jacket with a magenta lining and a matching little hat. The pattern from the jacket was an old t-shirt pattern but I made it with long sleeves and I altered the front flaps to have round edges instead. It is closed with another Chinese button. The pattern for the hat came from the German book ‘Kinderleicht, Naehen mit Jersey fuer Babys und Kids’ by Pauline Dohmen. (I am in love with that book also and I will write a review about it in the near future.)

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Baby Girl Qipao Dress

 

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Baby Girl Qipao Dress

 

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Baby Girl Qipao Dress with matching jacket

 

Currently I am working on the second version of the Baby Girl  ‘Qipao Dress’ which will feature a very short Chinese collar also. I will keep you posted on its progress.

I hope you like the dresses as much as I do!

 

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My sister in law’s fabulous wedding on ice.

 

Thank you for reading.

If you are interested in seeing more of my handmade dresses, please have a look at my Etsy shop TheJewelKnitter.
Please also have a look at my design jewellery blog LisaJuenProonK and my ProonK  Design Jewellery and Lisa Juen Art Jewellery websites.

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‘The Hearty Dress’

When I went shopping the other day, I stumbled over this really nice dark blue fabric with cherries that had a little bit of a retro vibe. Since I am a huge fan of that kind of thing, I couldn’t just walk by without getting a yard and once I had pulled that one out, I had to get a blue and white fabric with a zigzag print and a blue fabric with little white and yellow daisies also.

So, when I was home, I wanted to turn my finds into a special little dress that went with the vibe of the fabric. I decided to indulge in the retro theme and I designed a pattern with tulip sleeves, a tulip skirt and a heart-like appliqué for the bodice featuring buttons. I really enjoyed not working with someone else’s pattern this time but to create my own.
(I have experimented with a few other ideas before and I will write about a little Qipao dress, made from brocade silk for my little monkey soon but straying off on my own is still very new to me.)

For the most part, I am pretty happy with the result of ‘The Hearty Dress’ but there will be an improved version 2.0 coming up soon. I would like to change the look of the sleeves and I have been toying with the idea of adding ruffles also, instead of rickrack only. I’ll see…

For now, here is version 1.0, modeled by my little lady. (Of course she wouldn’t sit still…)
I hope you like it!

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‘The Hearty Dress’, front

 

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‘The Hearty Dress’

 

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‘The Hearty Dress’, detail

 

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‘The Hearty Dress’

 

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‘The Hearty Dress’, back

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading.

If you are interested in seeing more of my handmade dresses, please have a look at my Etsy store TheJewelKnitter.
Please also have a look at my design jewellery blog LisaJuenProonK and my ProonK  Design Jewellery and Lisa Juen Art Jewellery websites.

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The Jewel Knitter on Etsy

As mentioned in my last post Sewing, ‘The Sweet Dress’ & ‘The Dainty Darling Dress’, I have been into sewing A LOT lately. So, since there are only so many dresses my little girl can actually wear, I thought it might be nice to open a second Etsy shop ‘TheJewelKnitter’. Since March 3rd, it has been online and I will gradually add to the stock on the site.

Next to one-of-a-kind and custom children’s clothing, I will also offer my knitted baby booties, including the ‘Jewel Booties’ in corporation with my Contemporary Design Jewellery label ‘ProonK’. ProonK Jewellery is also available at ProonK Jewellery on Etsy.

In case you see something you like in the shop that is not available in your size or style, please get in touch. I will be very happy to work with your ideas and specifications.

I am super excited and I hope you like the shop!

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‘The Patchwork Dress’, baby girls dress with sleeves and bow, handmade from 100% cotton, one of a kind, front. Now available on Etsy.
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‘The Patchwork Dress’, baby girls dress with sleeves and bow, handmade from 100% cotton, one of a kind, back. Now available on Etsy.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading.

Please also have a look at my design jewellery blog LisaJuenProonK and my ProonK  Design Jewellery and Lisa Juen Art Jewellery websites.