Sewing · Uncategorized

‘The Qipao Dress’ 2.0

A while back, I wrote about a Qipao/Cheungsam dress that I made for my little girl to attend my sister in law’s wedding. You can read all about it in the Baby Girl ‘Qipao Dress’ post.

Back then, I thought it would be better to make a version of a Qipao that did not include the typical Asian collar. My daughter’s neck was fairly short and I was not sure if the collar would annoy her. Since then, I have been wondering though, if it is possible to add a collar to the dress and what it would look like on the little one. So, the other day, I sat down and experimented a little and I came up with another version of the ‘Qipao Dress’, this time with Asian collar, faux flap with button and cap sleeves. For more flexibility and enhanced movement, I added an A-line skirt and I cut the back open to ensure easier dressing. Since the summer is hot in Utica, I made the dress from a 100% daisy floral cotton fabric in combination with a plain fabric. The dress is a size 2T.

So here it is:

‘Qipao Dress’, work in progress


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The ‘Qipao Dress’ front


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The ‘Qipao Dress’ back


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My little girl wearing her new ‘Qipao Dress’


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She seems to love it!


The ‘Qipao Dress’ is now also available for $35.00-$40.00 in various sizes and fabrics in my ‘The Jewel Knitter’ Etsy shop. Please click by to have a look!

I hope you enjoyed this post and my creations as much as I did creating them.

Thank you for reading!

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

Sewing · Uncategorized

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.

Sewing · Uncategorized

Sewing, ‘The Sweet Dress’ & ‘The Dainty Darling Dress’

Since the births of my son and daughter, I have not really had a lot of time to go downtown and work in my jewellery studio. During the day, I am mainly Mama. The only time I have to get my creative juices flowing is at night, once the little ones are in bed. This does not necessarily help with my sleeping pattern but it puts a smile on my face in terms of keeping my hands and brain busy.

Now that I have two little people running around and since they are in constant need of clothes, I have been quite into sewing lately. Before then, I just occasionally sat down and made something, so I am still pretty much a novice.

Therefore, I purchased a lot of clothes sewing books. I prefer the books over the single packs of patterns, because one seems to get more for the money. Usually those books are filled with a variety of different patterns, plus they include really great instructions and illustrations on how to get the projects finished.

So far, one of my absolute favorite books is ‘Sew Classic Clothes for Girls’ by Lindsay Wilkes. She also has a nice blog that you can find here: The Cottage Mama

I have made quite a few dresses and skirts from that book already and all of them turned out incredibly cute. The instructions are easy to understand and really every pattern in this book is worth pursuing.

One pattern I fell in love with instantly was the ‘The Sweet Dress’. It is very similar to the ‘Dainty Darling Dress’ only that it has a two layered skirt, no puff sleeves and no collar.

I made the ‘Dainty Darling Dress’ for my little lady for Christmas (without puff sleeves) and when my niece came to town, who is only two months younger than my little girl, I made them matching outfits using the ‘Sweet Dress’ pattern.

Here are the results, made from 100% cotton fabric, size 12 months.

First, ‘The Sweet Dress’ in a mix of aqua polka dots and dark blue floral prints made from 100% cotton.





‘The Dainty Darling Dress’ in red and green Christmas patterns made from 100% cotton fabric. I also made a little coordinating outfit for my son.





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.


The Jewel Knitter’s ‘Jewel Booties’

For a long time, I have been thinking about a way to combine my passion of making jewellery with my passion to knit.

When my son was born, I naturally started knitting a lot of baby apparel for him. I especially loved to knit booties and after having followed a few design instructions I found online and in books, I came up with my own design of a baby bootie sporting a leather sole. I wanted to make a bootie that looked a little more like a shoe but still had the warmth of the knit.

Initially, they started off as tie-ons:





Then, I designed them with a button on the side:





At last, I had the idea that truly combines my jewellery making with my knitting. I created ‘buttons’ made from fine silver and enamel: The ‘Jewel Booties’ were born.

The ‘Jewel Booties’ are a pair of baby shoes that keep tiny feet toasty and warm but also make mum sparkle with pride.
When baby is small, the little one can wear the booties on their feet. Once the baby outgrows the shoes, mum can cut off the buttons and attach them to the provided chains.

Now baby and mum can wear a sparkling keepsake around their necks that they can enjoy for years to come.

The babies first initial is written in silver wire in the center of the button and is customized with each pair. The color of the enamel can also be individually picked to ensure a more personalized gift. The same goes for the yarn and the leather that can be hand-picked prior to knitting.

The booties come in three sizes: S (Newborn), M (0-6 months), L (6-12 months)

The ‘Jewel Booties’




The ‘Jewel Booties’ as well as some tie-ons and buttoned booties will be on sale at Ethnic Meals and More in Utica, NY on November 11th and 12th. Please join us for their 10th anniversary and check out their beautiful products.

Soon, the booties will be available online as well. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch for any interest or inquiry.
I will keep you posted about my future progress.

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knitted socks · Uncategorized

Christmas Craziness 2015 – Joanie & Tom

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Tom’s Christmas Tube Socks 2015

My husbands aunt Joanie and his dad Tom both have a very extraordinary taste when it comes to color combinations. So, for their sock Christmas present, I could unwrap my wildest yarn.

Since Tom ‘murdered’ one sock of a previous pair of socks that I had knitted for him by putting it in the dryer and it of course shrunk two sizes, I thought I would make him a pair of tube socks. So, that if he should make that mistake again, he might still be able to wear them. Just for fun, I made a pair of tube socks for Joanie too.

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Joanie’s Christmas Tube Socks 2015

The wool for Joanie’s socks came from two German stores. One was is a blend from Regia and the other one was from Aldi. (Yes, Aldi… Aldi in Germany is even more awesome than in the US and they really have great stuff other than food, especially around Christmas. It is really inexpensive too, so whenever they have yarn, I stock up!) The fiber mixture of both yarns was I believe the same, 75% wool and 25% nylon. The Regia skein is a 4-ply yarn, I assume the Aldi one is too but I am not certain. Both knit nicely with a little ‘fluff’ around the edges. As you can guess, I altered the two yarns when knitting to achieve the stripes.

The yarn for Tom’s socks was a Regia skein also. This one was a special skein that was dyed for the Dutch soccer team, in honor of the Soccer Worldcup of 2014. I liked the orange and white color and thought it would be great for Tom. …and it was a big hit at Christmas!

The pattern of both socks is the same. It is a pretty simple K2, P2 repetition that is pushed to the side by one stitch after every four rows.

I hope you like it! Please get in touch for more information on the pattern.

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