Hmong Outfit DIY: Hmong Chinese Embroidery & Crop Top

Hmong Crop Top

Hi Everyone! Today, I’m sharing pictures of an outfit that my mom made. I requested a simple crop top outfit made from vintage Hmong Chinese embroidery that I bought from someone years ago. To the Hmong sister that sold me the trims, thank you so much!

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Hmong Chinese Embroidery

I love that the trims were made on green fabric. Typically, I lean towards pink and baby blue so this is a bit of a variation. The design was based on the short tops that men wear in Laos. My mom argued with me on this so we compromised and added the dab tsho to the back. So it’s more a just a short modern women’s top and not actually a top for men.

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I paired my outfit with my trusty white skirt from Nancy’s mom and vintage green sash (You can’t tell but after the photoshoot, there’s some mud on the skirt).

39A1676-scaled Hmong Outfit DIY: Hmong Chinese Embroidery & Crop Top DIY OUTFITS On the bottom of the shirt, I added silver-lined beads and silver accents. Usually, on men’s shirts, they add bells on the side and coins on the bottom. I debated adding more on the sev but I didn’t want the silver to tarnish and ruin the embroidery. I didn’t have enough leftover embroidery to make match leg wraps.  Usually, on men’s shirts, they add bells on the side and coins on the bottom. Even my shoes have Hmong Chinese embroidery on them!
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:: Outfit Details ::

Crop Top / Tsho

Apron / Sev

Skirt / Tiab (38X18)

Leg Wrap / Nrhoob

Shoes

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:: Photography ::

CynnThaography

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Thank you for reading! I hope you stay healthy and safe. My next post will feature one of my favorite Hmong Chinese outfits as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. I have a lot of outfits to share and shoots to plan. Make sure you follow my Instagram for sneak peeks of outfits that will be on the blog.

 

Hmong Outfit :: White Hmong Guangxi & Applique

Hmong Guangxi Outfit

Happy Hmong New Year! Today is the first day of the Hmong New Year in Fresno. There are only 4 days this year and usually, around this time I would be going through my Hmong clothes and selecting outfits to wear. Despite having a Hmong New Year celebration in Fresno, this year I’m opting out. On the positive side, I have another outfit to share as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. This outfit is worn by White Hmong Guangxi in China.

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:: White Hmong Guangxi:

This group is located in Longlin County Guangxi. The everyday outfit is plainer without applique but I was drawn to the outfits with the applique. Seems like it’s reserved or special events or a symbol of status. Even the shape of the applique is unique. Not the typical motif associated with Hmong clothing.

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The sleeves and dab tsho of the jacket have applique. I’ve seen some jackets with similar applique along the lapels of the jacket as well. It took me about a year to collect all of the pieces I needed to complete this outfit.

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Originally, I had a machine embroidered sev but I wasn’t content and kept looking for one with applique. I put my sash together from various leftover pieces because the sash I bought hasn’t been shipped yet.

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This group usually wears a headwrap. I still need to refurbish mine as the tassels are coming apart. So one day I’ll have photos with the head wrap.

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The White Hmong of Guangxi pair their jackets with a white skirt and leg wraps. I substituted a plain pair of black leg wraps with this outfit. Traditionally, this group of Hmong wear black leg wraps with some embroidery along the edge. I thought about adding ribbon on the edge of one of my many pairs of leg wraps but I couldn’t find any that I liked enough.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Jacket / Tsho

Apron / Sev

Sash / Hlab

Skirt / Tiab

Leg Wrap / Nrhoob

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::Photography::

CynnThaography

Thank you for reading! I have two more outfits to show from recent shoots. One is part of my Hmong Outfit Series and the other was more a modern DIY project.

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Hmong Outfit :: Hmoob Ntxaug & Orange

Flower Miao

Hi again! Chilly weather is starting to hit the Bay Area and it’s finally starting to feel like fall. Last week, I shared an outfit from Wenshan County in Yunnan and could barely wait a whole week to share this outfit. Today, I’m featuring a Hmoob Ntxaug outfit as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.

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:: Hmoob Ntxaug ::

Often called Flower Miao, this group is distinguished by their heavily embroidered jackets and their skirts with detailed batik designs. They refer to themselves as Hmoob Ntxaug and are located in Guangxi and Guizhou provinces in China.

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The jacket has embroidery along the sleeves, shoulders, and back. Additionally, there is batik on the bottom of the front panels of the shirt. I was first drawn to this outfit due to the colors and embroidery on the jacket.

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:: Batik Skirt ::

Interestingly, Hmoob Ntxaug do not add any embroidery or applique to their skirts. Similar to other Hmong groups, the skirt is made up of three parts. The waist of the skirt is completely flat, not pleated to hold the pleats of the skirt on the middle and bottom part.

Note: I had my skirt altered to be more like skirts found in Laos/Thailand and to fit be better.

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The batik on this skirt is extensive and complex with multiple rows of designs. I love the sashes that pair with this type of outfit. Usually, two or more are layered on top of each other. Firstly, the black sash is worn. Cross stitch details adorn the sash and there is a connected boa of pom poms along the end. In addition, to the black sash, there is a white sash with cross-stitch. Lastly, the sev goes on top.

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I substituted a plain pair of black leg wraps with this outfit. Traditionally, this group of Hmong wear black leg wraps with some embroidery along the edge. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a pair in good condition.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Jacket / Tsho

Apron/Sev

Skirt/ Tiab

Leg Wraps / Nrhoob

Sash

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:: Photography ::

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Thank you for reading! Currently, I’m working on refurbishing and putting together a couple of Hmong Chinese outfits with applique. After this post, I will either feature another outfit in my Hmong Outfit Series or a tutorial. We will see what I have time work on after work.

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Hmong Outfit :: White Hmong Wenshan & Beads

White Hmong Wenshan

Hi, Everyone! I finally get to showcase an outfit that took me a while to refurbish and match up pieces. So far, I have finished two outfits and have four more to work on. Today, I’m going to showcase a White Hmong Wenshan outfit based in China as part of my Hmong Outfit Series

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:: White Hmong Wenshan ::

White Hmong in Wenshan county, Yunnan province in China wears this outfit. They are distinguished by their embroidered headwrap with tassels and shirts and aprons with white embroidery. Nowadays, the embroidery is either done completely by machine or a mix of machine embroidery and someone manually turning the fabric and filling in details with thread. In the past, the embroidery was all done by hand. 

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When I took my original jackets apart, I noticed similarities to the jackets of White Hmong in Laos and Thailand. One difference is that they don’t make an additional cut down the back of the shirt. This step usually allows the dab tsho to sit lower and not so close to the back of your neck. Additionally, I added more fabric to the sleeves to make the sleeves wider and more comfortable to wear. There is a slight taper to the sleeves as well.

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Not all outfits have beads. I added beads to my outfit and used a simple pattern because I wanted to highlight the blue fabric I used on my shirt. Usually, beads are in a pattern to form flowers, butterflies, and birds. Unfortunately, I lack that patience. 

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:: White Skirt ::

Traditionally this group of Hmong wear white skirts. The apron/ sev tends to be short about the same length as the skirt or a little longer than the skirt. Typically, a square piece of embroidery is worn in the back under the two tw. I’ve heard it referred to as money bag / hnab nyiaj but it doesn’t have a pocket to store anything inside. To me, it looks closer to a super short second sev on the back. This would make sense as there are groups of Hmong in China that wear two sev with their skirts. 

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In addition, leg wraps or nrhoob with matching embroidery are worn as well. I thought about adding beads to my leg wraps for this outfit but I held back mainly because beading is extremely tedious for me. 

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:: Outfit Details ::

Head wrap / Phuam

Jacket / Tsho

Skirt / Tiab

Apron / Sev

Tw

Belt /Hlab

Leg wrap /Nrhoob

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:: Photography ::

Simply.kcy

Thank you for reading! I want to give a shoutout to Chey, my photographer for this post. Please help support her work. I think that she took gorgeous photos during golden hour and would definitely recommend booking her if you are in the Bay Area. 

Finally, I can’t wait to feature the next outfit. Hint- It’s going to be another outfit from China.

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Hmong Outfit :: Butterflies & White Hmong Thailand

White Hmong Thailand Embroidery

Hi, Everyone! Even though I took a long break from my blog due to grad school and difficulty collecting pieces of outfits, I have a new update featuring a White Hmong Thailand outfit. While I can’t wait to show you the various outfits that I completed, I have to be patient and share one at a time. Who knows I might disappear again. Today, I’m going to show one of my favorite outfits as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.

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:: White Hmong Thailand ::

This outfit is worn by some White Hmong in Northern Thailand. In the past, I’ve seen the outfit worn in different provinces from but not limited to Chiang Rai, Nan, and Phetchabun. They can be distinguished by their head wrap and extensive embroidery on their jackets and even pants! I love the cross-stitched butterflies on this outfit. 

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Jackets and apron pairings come in different colors. The most popular ones I’ve seen are blue or black. Usually, the headwrap has a grid stitch pattern and small pom poms or flat small circular fringe. I’m going to attempt to make my own outfit so lookout for a future blog post about the result. My shirt is pretty boxy since they didn’t trim excess out of the body of the shirt. It is also missing a dab tsho on the back of the shirt. 

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:: Blue Pants ::

Unlike the White Hmong in Sayaboury and Luang Prabang in Laos, this group typically wears blue pants. Usually, a royal blue. For special occasions, both men and women wear an embroidered pair of pants. 

They wear two sev, one in the front and the back. Typically, the sev features cross-stitch or grid stitch, or a combination depending on the shirt pattern. On their tw siv, they embroider along the border as well. Along the ends of the tw siv, a siv paj co is attached. This group does not wear hlab ntxoo. 

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:: Outfit Details ::

Headwrap/ Phuam

Jacket/ Tsho

Pants/ ris

Apron / sev

Sash/tw siv & siv paj co

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang

Thank you for reading! The next post will feature one of the outfits that I refurbished and resized. In my free time, I’m working on a couple more so I can wear matching outfits with my sister and cousin. 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Black Hmong Sapa

Hi, Everyone! Even though, Hmong New Year is barely over I’m already thinking about what I’m wearing. There were a couple of outfits that I had ready but didn’t get to wear. Apparently there weren’t enough days. Also I wasn’t able to go all of days for Fresno New Year. I drove back to the bay on the first and one day I had a photoshoot scheduled. Today, I’m sharing a Hmong outfit from Sapa as part of my Hmong Outfit Series

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:: Black Hmong Sapa ::

Black Hmong of  Sapa live in Lao Cai province of Vietnam and are distinguished by their “black” clothing. The clothing appears black due to the dark indigo dyes that are used. There are quite a bit of groups of Hmong that are referred to as Black Hmong due to their dark clothing or due to their dialect. This group is different from another Black Hmong group in Vietnam in Son La province and Laos in Sam Neua province. 

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:: Indigo ::

Women wear a jacket with embroidered sleeves and a vest on top with an embroidered collar. Fancier jackets have embroidery and applique across the back and shoulders similar to the jackets/shirts that the Hmong Leng Yen Bai wear. The embroidery on their jackets and collars usually consists of dark colors outlined in black. The fabric is made out of hemp that has to be softened before it is woven into modafinilonline.org fabric. Afterwards the fabric is dyed with indigo giving a very dark appearance. Some jackets look shiny because they are covered with beeswax. 

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:: Shorts ::

This is one of the only Hmong groups that I’ve seen wearing short trousers.  The shorts, jacket, and vest are held together with an embroidered belt with hemp ends. Additionally, Hmong Leng Sapa wrap their legs with nrhoob. Originally they wore a skirt with an apron but eventually transitioned to shorts with the overlapped jacket and vest. I personally love looking at how Hmong clothes change over the years and the fluidity shaped by culture, environment, and access to resources. 

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Sapa Jacket / Tsho

Hmong Leng Sapa Vest

Shorts 

Belt

Leg Wraps / Nrhoob 

Traditionally they wear a black head wrap that consist of yards of fabric wrapped several times. Similarly to the Flower Hmong and Hmong Leng Yen Bai they will sometimes wear a brightly colored plaid headscarf. 

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:: Photography ::

Alexandria Castrovillari

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Thank you for reading! I didn’t really make official New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I’m hoping that I can update my wyckhamporteous.org blog more regularly. This Hmong Outfit Series is special to me and I have outfits that have yet to be photographed. Also, I’m trying to buy less since I’m running out of room. However, I will probably change my mind since there are various outfits from Vietnam and China that I really want. Stay tuned for my next post! I still have a super over due Lululemon post…

 

Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & End of a Decade

Hmong Vintage Outfit

Hi Everyone! Today is the last day that I’ll be attending Hmong New Year in Fresno and the last day of the year and decade! This year I wasn’t able to explore as much during Hmong New Year as I wanted because of other commitments. However, I still made the most of it and can’t wait to start the new year. I wasn’t able to plan as many shoots as I wanted during my break, but stay tuned for another Hmong Outfit Series post next month.

:: Day 1 ::

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For the first day of Hmong New Year I wore an outfit from the Luang Prabang Province of Laos. I wish I took pictures of the back of the outfit. This outfit is near and dear to me and I have many different versions but always end up wearing my blue one.

:: Outfit Details ::

Phuam

White Hmong Luang Prabang Outfit

:: Day 2 ::

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This outfit was vibrant and my second Hmong Thai Outfit! Part of me wished I wore a green money belt to bring out the green in the apron and skirt.

:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Thai Outfit size 36

Hmong Thai Skirt altered to (38 X 18)

Money Belt

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:: Day 3 ::
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This outfit was one of more simple outfits but I love the contrast of black and red. Additionally, there is more focus on the skirt.

:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Sam Neua Outfit

Skirt (38 X 18)

:: Day 4 ::

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I’m inserting a picture from my Hmong Leng Yen Bai shoot since I wasn’t able to take a photo this day at Hmong New Year. This is one of my favorite outfits and I can’t anabolicrx24 wait to find a reason to wear it again.

:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Yen Bai Shirt size 36

Money Belt

Skirt altered to (38 X18)

:: Day 6 ::

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Originally, I bought this skirt just to wear once but it grew on me. I paired it with a vintage outfit with sequins.

:: Outfit Details ::

Vintage Hmong Outfit

Skirt (38 X18)

Money Belt

Phuam

Thank you for reading! I’m halfway done with grad school and I can’t wait to have a consistent workout routine again. I miss lifting and wearing leggings.

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Yen Bai

Hmong Leng Yen Bai

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last Hmong Outfit Series Post. I have a couple of outfits to share over the next couple of months with you all. Today, I am featuring one of my favorite outfits, Hmong Leng of Yen Bai. 

:: Yen Bai ::

Hmong Leng Yen Bai live in Northern Vietnam and dark earthy colors distinguish them from other Hmong groups. Their outfits have some similarities to the Hmong Leng in Sapa.

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The Hmong Leng Yen Bai shirts have a royal blue collar and sleeves with batik, applique, and embroidery on the back and shoulders. My shirt is quite roadwaysupply simple and made more on the modern side with fitted seams. I love the embroidery on the belt. There is a mixture of cross stitch and chain stitch embroidery and the ends of the belt are made out of hemp dyed with indigo. 

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:: Skirt ::

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The batik design on the middle of the skirt is quite simple on my skirt consisting of dots and lines. The more expensive skirts have a more complicated design and the batik design seems to vary. Unlike the Hmong Leng in Laos and Thailand, the colors used in the embroidery of the bottom of the skirt is made with earth-toned colors instead of bright pinks, oranges, and yellow.  I almost bought a skirt that had more purple and dark blue in the embroidery but I wanted a bit of variation in my collection. My skirt has red, white, and black cotton applique lines on the taab tab with some red and blue rectangles. The embroidery consists of brown, white, and black cross-stitch.

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The original skirt that I bought had a waistband made out of hemp but I had the waistband of the skirt altered since I wanted the skirt shorter and not as wide. I usually have Crossroads by Nancy’s mom alter my skirts for me. I understand the process but love her work so I just bring skirts for her to alter for me so that they fit better. She also makes one of the prettiest white pleated skirts. So far I haven’t found anyone that makes white skirts better than hers. High quality and extremely flattering.

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:: Hat ::

Hmong Leng Yen Bai wear a black head wrap that is wrapped multiple times with paj ntaub on top similar to their belt. Usually, the head wrap is decorated with coins. For everyday wear, they opt to wear a colorful plaid headscarf.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Yen Bai Shirt / Tsho & Apron / Sev

Belt / Hlab

Skirt ( 38 X 17)

Leg Wrap / Nrhoob

Hat/ Phuam

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:: Photography ::

Alexandria Castrovillari 

Thank you for reading! Fresno New Year is here and I can’t wait to share the outfits that I’m wearing. I will be wearing this outfit one of the many days that I am attending. If you want to see what I wore last year click here.

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Lululemon :: Favorites & Workout Update

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Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since I updated my blog! Just finished my first semester of grad school and I miss updating my Hmong Outfit Series.

I’ve been trying to incorporate exercise back into my life. I settled for yoga once a week and cardio 3 times a week with the hope of getting into weight lifting. Unfortunately, I’m not very strong and still intimidated by all of the machines so I’m starting out with light free weights first and then transition over. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces from Lululemon. It’s a little embarrassing, I go to Lululemon so often that multiple employees recognize me. When I’m more consistent, I’ll update http://armodexperiment.com/ on the specific exercises that I do. Honestly it’s still trial and error for me right now.

My Top 5 Lululemon Items

My all-time favorite is the All the Right Places Crop II. It fits all of my requirement for leggings – no front seam and they have pockets! I usually just run on a treadmill because I like running with air conditioning, but they also have a reflective cuff which is helpful if you run outside.  I have them in multiple colors and just got one replaced because there was a small hole. Love Lululemon’s commitment to quality.

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All the Right Places Crop II – Size 2

Second favorite item is the Speed Up Shorts. They have 4-way stretch and the shape allows me to have more range of motion. I wouldn’t necessarily wear them for yoga but love them for running.

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Speed Up Shorts – Size 2

Next up are the Swiftly Tech Long Sleeves. Lululemon offers free basic hemming so sometimes I’ll have them hem it so it’s shorter like a longer crop top to wear with my leggings. This helps elongate my legs. Some I have it hemmed to end at my hip to wear with my speed up shorts.  I love the thumbholes and the sweat-wicking material. I wore one on my hike up Mission Peak. Even though I was super sweaty there weren’t any visible sweat marks. Lighter colors are more likely to show sweat. Some days I’ll tie my longer tops to turn them into crop tops and to add variation.

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Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew – Size 4

I really like the energy bra long line sports bras as well. This is one of my favorite staple pieces in my workout clothes collection. I love it when my leggings and sports bras match! Cute workout sets help me getzonedup.com stay motivated to work out. Additionally, I like that it’s longer so there’s more coverage as some of my tops are open back. So there’s a little peekaboo of the straps as well. The additional coverage allows the sports bra to be worn as a crop top. I haven’t gained enough confidence to do this and my gym also doesn’t allow this so maybe one day.

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Energy Bra Long Line – Size 4

Finally, the last item would be the Align pants. The leggings are designed for light activities like yoga and it feels like you aren’t wearing anything. There isn’t compression and I personally like them more for lounging in.  The pants are versatile and flattering with minimal seams. If I could, I would collect them in every color.  Additionally, I would be scared to do cardio in these pants as the material is more delicate but I love the feel of them. I like the 25″ inseam and I tend to size down in these pants as they lack compression. When I get a chance, I want to try the Asia Fit Aligns to see how it compares.

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Align Pant II 25″– Size 0

Thank you for reading! Since I’m down with my spring semester I hope to update more on my projects and fitness journey.

DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev

Hmong Outfit Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone! I’m pretty much all packed and I’m moving most of my stuff to San Jose this weekend. I finished two outfits but I probably won’t have time to do a shoot before I leave Fresno. I wanted to do a quick picture tutorial of how to sew sev plooj before I move. This is highly requested and I know people are going to request a video as well, but honestly recording is too much of a hassle for me to do myself and I don’t enjoy editing videos at all. So if you are waiting for a video it won’t happen because I tried and failed. I usually don’t finish that project and loose the drive to. Once grad school starts there will be less tutorials as I will be busy with school, work, and eventually committing to working out again. Last year, I made numerous outfits and that was one of my biggest excuses for not working out.

:: Sev ::

There a different types of sev or aprons. The type that I am showing today is sev plooj. Typically, White Hmong in Luang Prabang, Sayaboury, and Luang Namtha wear this type of apron. Traditionally the middle or plawv sev is a different color than the outside. Sometimes embroidery or paj ntaub is used in the middle was well. I try to make each section about the same size, but I usually prefer for the middle to much skinnier especially if I’m making a full length sev. If I know I’m just planning on wearing it with a skirt I tend to make my sev quite short anywhere from 18-22 inches long.

:: Instructions ::

1. For the lining pick a stiff fabric that creases well but don’t feel limited to doing so. I crease the edges of the lining before I sew the outside fabric onto it. I fold and sew by hand, but  you can turn good side to good side and sew and flip if you choose not to sew by hand. I personally never tried it but in in theory it should work. I try to have it be 9-10 inches wide and 20+ inches long. The length is up to your preference. Traditional sev are about 1 yard long. IMG_2975-768x1024 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 2. Cut out the fabric that you will use for the outside. It should be about 4.25 inches wide and about 2 yards long depending on length (traditional you’ll need at least 2.25 yards). IMG_2980-768x1024 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 3. Fold one edge as you sew it onto the lining. You can iron it all the way down too. IMG_2984-768x1024 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 4. I usually leave excess to fold in at the top later. I start on the left official source side of the lining and work my way around using small stitches. For the top and middle section, cut a piece of fabric off the end. Center and sew IMG_2989-2-768x1024 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 5. Now fold the bottom corners of the sev. I try to make a 45 degree angle.

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6. Cut excess fabric from under the corner. This gets rid of the bulk.

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7. Fold the sev in half and iron a crease down the middle

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8. Center the middle of the sev and pin. Use large stitches to hold it in place
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9. Fold the inner edge of the bottom portion of the sev in and baste stitch

IMG_3048-768x1024 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY IMG_3050-e1547241121858-1024x768 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 10 . Fold the inner edges o the outer side of the sev and baste stitch

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11. Fold in the top pieces and hand sew

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12.  Use the sewing machine to sew the middle section. I usually start from the corner. Make sure you sew in the same direction

IMG_3007-e1547245006446-1024x768 DIY :: How to Make a Hmong Apron / Sev DIY 13. Take out the baste stitches and attach fabric to tie it around the waist. 

Hopefully the pictures of the two different sev aren’t too confusing. I wanted to show with a plain middle and one with the paj ntaub. This is how I was taught to sew it and isn’t the only way. Apparently it’s prettier the flatter and thinner it is. I usually just iron it at the end and then fold it up for storage. If you are beginner use fabric with little stretch and that creases well. I prefer cotton.

 

 

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