Hmong Outfit Series :: Luang Prabang

Hmong Outfit Luang Prabang Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone! This is the first post in my Hmong Outfit Series. I thought about releasing a Hmong Outfit Series a while back and it became more important to me after my grandpa passed away. Luang Prabang is the province of Laos where he grew up and in his eyes his homeland. I remember how proud he looked every year when he saw me dressed up for Hmong New Year and how he would make fun of me when I would wear clothes from a different region. He would tell me that if I wore different clothes, I would confuse people and they would assume that I was from their region.

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There would be times when I asked a fellow Hmong peer what kind of Hmong clothes was specific to their family. When they didn’t know or didn’t know how to put all the pieces together, I felt sad and it made me want to start this project.

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: White Hmong of Luang Prabang :

This post showcases the outfit that some White Hmong wear in Luang Prabang. My grandma always told me we were Hmong that wear sev plooj. Sev plooj is a type of apron. Characteristically, women usually wear the black and blue shirt and apron with pants in Laos and white skirts were reserved for special occasions or for burial.  Nowadays I see it worn with pants or skirts. The headdress is decorated with colorful pom poms and a siv ceeb is wrapped around the base.

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This traditional xauv consists of two separate rings and ties everything together.

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When I was younger, I used to complain about all the layers around the waist but now I appreciate the time and effort into making every piece. When wearing pants two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

: Brocade & Pleats :

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Even though the shirt and apron are made traditionally of black and blue fabric, with easier access to fabric there was a shift to using other colors and types of fabric.
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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt

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:: Photography ::

Rosely Vue Photography

I collaborated with one of my favorite photographers  Rosely Vue for this blog post. She’s based in the Fresno/Clovis area and is willing to travel.

Thank you for reading! I plan on releasing a post for my Hmong outfit series once a month. Let me know in the comments if you would like videos on how to wear the outfits.

 

 

Teeth Whitening Review

Disclosure: I received this teeth whitening product complimentary from Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.

Hi Everyone! I mentioned in my November Favorites that I loved Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system. Let me give a little background, I used to use Crest white strips but stopped because it made my teeth more sensitive. I had one tooth in particular that bothered me. Additionally, I would have chemical burns on my gums after using the white stripes.  For the past year or so, I used other teeth whitening products such as whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. However, I can’t seem to give up wine and tea so I was willing to try an alternative teeth whitening system when I was offered the chance by Smile Brilliant. Without regular whitening, my teeth were stained.  I wanted to see if this product would help but not make my sensitivity worse.

: Smile Brilliant :

First, you have to create a mold of your top and bottom teeth. One of the things that I liked the most was the personalized trays. The tray also covered teeth usually not covered by whitening strips. Sometimes I would whiten while I do my makeup but I found that it fit into my routine better when I was using them while I was getting ready for bed.

Each syringe could be used 3-4 times. The after gel helped with sensitivity, however, I didn’t really experience sensitivity without it. I would totally repurchase this product as it was easy to use and didn’t make my teeth more sensitive.

: Before and After :

Here are my before and after photos. The bathroom lighting didn’t really do the pictures justice.

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When I first started out using them I only noticed a slight difference but after 14 treatments friends and family were starting to notice and compliment me. Honestly, the yellow lighting of the bathroom made me think nothing was happening but if other people were starting to notice something must be changing.

Here is a photo in natural light a couple of days after I finished using the treatment. Before I was a little skeptical but after seeing the results myself and after the countless compliments, I knew that this product worked especially after seeing the pictures from this shoot.

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Overall, this is one of my favorite teeth whitening treatments that I’ve used. After finishing 14 treatments, I was pleased with the results. I would highly recommend this product and personally, I would use it again to maintain the level of whiteness.

: Smile Brilliant Giveaway :

Here is your chance to try Smile Brilliant! One lucky ready will win $149 store credit for their very own teeth whitening kit. You can enter HERE!

My promo code is petiterosesandwine15 for 15% off.

Thank you for reading!

 


Tooth Whitening Gel

Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018

Hmong Clothes Carolyn Chang

Happy New Year everyone!

As I’m writing this, my feet are recovering and I’m contemplating how long it will take me to restitch my Hmong skirts. This past week I  spent time catching up with friends and family and I challenged myself to go to Hmong New Year every day. Also depending on travel plans, I might not be able to go to Fresno Hmong New Year 2018-2019.  Additionally, most of the outfits that I wore were made by mom or by me. There is one outfit that I bought and I saved it for the last day.

: Day 1 :

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My cousins on my dad side wore matching outfits the first two days of Hmong New Year. The first day we wore outfits made by our respective mothers and paired them with white pleated skirts and phuam paj. I love the simplicity and the vibrant colors of the outfit.

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My sister and I actually made our own phuam paj because my sister has a large head and can never find hats that fit. In a previous post about it, I showed a couple of pictures of the process. I might make a video tutorial later this year because I want to make a blue one as well. I’ve seen them sell for as low as $10 however, I’d rather make my own because I think the quality of the materials is better and I get to customize it to my head and to my preferences.

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Paj

Magenta Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 2 :

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The second day we wore outfits we made ourselves. For most of us, this was our first time making our own Hmong outfit independently.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Inspired Batik Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 3 :

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This day was a bit of a mess because I was rear-ended on my way to Hmong New Year. One of my best friends stopped by to visit and this was her first time going to Hmong New Year. I wore one of my older skirts and it’s much longer than what I’m used to. I love the print on it though. My mom made this outfit and countless others for me. I love the cross stitch embroidery. Nowadays most of the paj ntaub are done by machine and it makes me a little sad that it might become a lost art.

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Hmoob Luang Namtha

Cross-Stitch Outfit

: Day 4 :

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Even though I never really matched this hat, I wanted to make sure that I wear it to Hmong New Year at least one day. This outfit is what my clan wears and from the Luang Prabang region. One of my goals this year is to write a Hmong Clothes Series and show outfits of different regions.

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Photo Credit: Tshais-2014

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Dai Hlaws

Luang Prabang Sev Plooj Outfit

: Day 5 :

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This was one of my last minute projects for a shoot and for Hmong New Year. I actually didn’t finish the hat to mimic the head wrap on time so I opted to just accessorize my bun. My outfit is inspired by Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang province.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang Inspired Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden Blast Twist Sandals 5

: Day 6:

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This outfit was a modern Hmong Outfit that I made fitted and I paired it with a black skirt to keep it simple. The textures were a little too similar though.

So I have a bittersweet relationship with this hat. I bought it at Hmong New Year and loved the general idea of it. However, I  wasn’t satisfied with the front of the hat. Despite paying $50 for it, I  took it apart and put it back after adding a piece to match my outfit and fixing the front of it. At least I know how to make it now.

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:: Outfit Details::

Modern Hmong Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy Black Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

: Day 7 :

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The last day I wore my Hmong Thai outfit I ordered overseas. This skirt is the skirt that I’m not looking forward to repleat. Let me know in the comments which outfit is your favorite!

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Thai Outfit

Overall, 2017 was coupled with loss and even more growth. As we begin the new year, I hope that my family can continue to heal and become more at peace. Additionally, part of my New Years Resolutions is to update my blog more frequently so fill free to hold me accountable! I can’t wait to share more of my projects with you all. Thank you for reading!

November Favorites 2017 :: Makeup Discoveries & Teeth Whitening

This post may contain referral links that provide Roses and Wine compensation. Please read disclosure for more information. All opinions are still my own. Thank you for your support. 

Happy Friday everyone! I’m a little late with posting my favorites from last month. I got a little caught up with studying for finals and finishing a couple of projects for a photoshoot coming up.

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:: Makeup ::

Last month I was really into lip products and tried a couple of new products. Even though liquid lipsticks are super trendy right now I actually prefer regular lipsticks. I found one of my favorite formulas and wish they weren’t so pricey. Dior Rouge Dior Lipsticks are super comfortable on my lips, hide dryness, and make my lips appear more full. They also don’t make my lips peel. I tried out two shades 999, a classic red, and 787 Exuberant Matte, a magenta.  999 is my go-to red and makes my teeth appear whiter. These do transfer but I don’t mind reapplying.

I tried KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick before but wasn’t really in love with it till I tried Double Dare and Lolita II. I actually lost my first tube of Double Dare and had to repurchase it. Both fall into the MLBB category for me and are quite similar. Double Dare is mauve while Lolita II is more of a terracotta red. Do you need both? Probably not. These do wear off over time especially the center of my lips but since they are similar to my natural lip color it doesn’t look that bad. I usually apply lip balm 15 minutes before and wipe it off before applying liquid lipstick. The formula isn’t super dry and these shades also make my lips look bigger!

Now my third favorite lip product of the month probably looks really similar to the liquid lipsticks. I like wearing the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners by themselves without a lipstick on top. Sometimes I mix the two colors I have or one. I have Hush Hush and Covert Affair.  I love how they have brushes on the ends so that I can blend out the lip line. On most days I actually prefer a softer lip line over a defined lip line.

The last favorite makeup product is a pressed powder by Burberry. The Fresh Glow Compact- Luminous Foundation is finely milled and I purchased the lightest shade Light Honey- Shade 10. My tan from China is slowly fading so it helps my foundation not look too light. However, I wish they had lighter shades. Usually, I use a translucent powder but on days that I want more coverage I use pressed powder.

:: Teeth Whitening ::

I loved trying out Smile Brilliant’s Teeth Whitening system. At first, I didn’t really notice the results but in pictures in natural lighting, it shows! I also got a lot of comments that my teeth seem whiter. I usually use it at night while I do my skin care and relax before bed. Stay tuned for an in-depth review.

Thank you for reading! Look out for my Hmong Outfit Series and review on Smile Brilliant.

 

 

 

Scorpio Season :: Turning 25 & 25 Joys

Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone!

I am a quarter of a century! I’ll admit that I had mixed feelings about turning 25. Apparently, my adult brain is fully developed now and I want to dedicate a reflective post to 25 things that bring me joy. This forces me to think about things that make me happy and to focus on the positive.

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25 Things That Bring Carolyn Joy

1. fall 2. a cup of tea to start the morning 3.  clean makeup brushes 4. traveling 5. getting lost in a museum 6. watching the sunrise from sutro baths 7. candles 8. reading while listening to rain 9. fresh roses 10. the smell of pine 12. expresso during dinner 13. too much pink 14. dressing in hmong clothes 15. glitter 16. puppies 17. foodie adventures 18. the perfect shade or red lipstick 19. matching mani and pedi 20. flower crowns 21.  bad puns 22. wine tasting 23. trying new makeup looks 24. fresh cookies 25. city lights

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What are some things that bring you joy?

Goodbye Grandpa

Choua Ger Chang

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My grandpa passed away late last night.

This year I challenged myself to share all side including the struggles and not just happy moments. My grandfather fought long and hard but could not overcome his illness. My heart aches when I recall his last days. However, that’s not how I will remember him.  In my mind and in my heart, I still see my grandfather how I saw him as a child.

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With an overwhelming amount of sadness, I not only say goodbye to my grandfather but to last of his generation in my family. He watched his siblings pass before him and now he can finally be reunited and walk with them again.

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My grandfather helped raise me and contributed to many of my values. When people praise me for being polite, considerate, and kind,  I can only thank my grandfather. His heart was so big and he loved so much.

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He was a man of persuasive eloquence and wide generosity. I wish that I inherited just a little of that. I remember taking him to Disneyland and to my favorite ride- Space Mountain. He described it as the tunnel of death because of the super bright flash of light towards the end. He didn’t understand the flash came from the camera.

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He loved animals especially birds. When he saw the penguin exhibit, he asked well almost pleaded that we take some penguins home for him to keep as pets. I had to explain to him that they couldn’t live in Fresno.

I may have lost a very important person in my life, but I keep him in my heart and in my memories. Recalling time spent with him helps soothe my pain just a little bit. Right now I’m not okay but I will be. His service will be next weekend October 13-15th at Hmong Memorial Chapel off of Belmont. Please help us send him off and honor his love for us all.

Yawg, mus zoo koj. Kub hlub thiab nco koj heev.

May you rest in peace.

Zam Instyle :: Hmong New Year & Silver Lining

Hmong Outfit

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’ve been absent from blogging and social media for a while due to personal reasons. Something that has been helpful in keeping my mind busy is getting ready for Hmong New Year. I have a lot of projects that I want to finish before December. I’ll try to post about one of them by next week. These tough times renewed my love for cross-stitch embroidery and remind me of my own obsessive tendencies.

:: Zam Instyle ::

I’ve been a fan of Hmong Sister Shop‘s designs for a while now and I was ecstatic to hear about Zam Instyle. Even though I would spend a lot of time admiring the pictures on Facebook, I had some second thoughts about ordering from overseas. Shipping would expensive and I might not like it enough. Would it be worth it? Also, I have to admit, I have a lot of Hmong clothes already so do I really need more?

Zam InStyle is a company that strives to become a distributor to connect overseas sellers with customer’s in the states. They sell and rent Hmong clothes. I loved that idea and jumped at the chance to help them with their inventory shoot. In the midst of difficult times, I needed a little emotional break. Dolling up and getting dressed in Hmong clothes always brightens my day.

Dressing up in Hmong clothes always back fond memories of my great-aunt. It reminds me of the past when my great aunt would request us to come over, get dressed in Hmong clothes, and take pictures. I miss how her face would light up.

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This is one of my favorite outfits. I loved the royal blue and the embroidery. Personally, I would pair it up with one of my custom made white skirts instead since it flairs out more. I can’t wait to get a hat similar to this though.

::Outfit Details ::

Men’s Outfit (Shirt, Pants, & Siv):: Zam Instyle $115

Woman’s Outfit ( Shirt, Skirt, Sev, & Siv) : Zam Instyle: $160

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This outfit reminds me of one that Yasmi wore before. I found out that I’m not too fond of these box pleats but I loved how colorful this outfit is.

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::Outfit Details ::

Zam Instyle Price $140

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The inventory is quite diverse with a lot of modern designs. I always joke around that I’m an old lady stuck in a young body so I prefer more traditional designs but I love seeing new designs.

::Outfit Details ::

Zam Instyle Price $95

Thank you for reading! Please tell me in the comments below which outfit is your favorite.

Photography:: Lauj Tuam Xyooj & Wes Foto

How to make a Hmong Hat | Phuam

Hmong Hat DIY

This type of Hmong hat or headdress is worn by Hmong who lived in Sayaboury and they wear sev plooj. I believe some types of Hmoob Dub also wear a similar hat with a skirt. A small coin belt/sash is placed around the hat as well.

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::Materials::

Interlock Canvas

Purple Cloth

Black Cloth

Old T-shirt

Siv Ceeb (two types)

2 siv ceeb with 2 rows  paj co

Pom Pom Boa

Thread

::Hmong Hat Directions::

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  1. First make a pom pom boa of out of yarn.
    • Take a white rope
    • Wrap yarn around rope
    • Tie the top of the yarn really tight
    • Repeat until you have a pom pom boa to your desired length

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2. Cut interlock into two shapes. The first shape is a circle with a slight point for the top of the hat. The other shape is used for the side of the hat.

3.  Sew purple cloth onto the second shape. First hand baste the purple fabric onto the interlock canvas. It works best with a fabric that has some stretch to it.

4. Cut an old t-shirt to sew on the inside of the second shape. It doesn’t really matter which color since it will be on the inside. Fold the edges and hand sew the t-shirt to the interlock and purple fabric. Remove baste stitches when down.

5. Cut 2 pieces of black fabric a little large that the top of the hat. Take one piece of black fabric and fold the fabric over the interlock. Hand baste stitch the fabric to interlock. Take the second piece and tuck in the edges and hand sew to the interlock and first piece of fabric. Remove baste stitches.

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7. Take the purple piece and wrap it around your head. Pin the edges together. Hand sew the edges.

8. Take the top piece and sew onto the top of the purple piece. Since the purple piece is drawn at an angle it should be slanted. This hat does not look pretty if there isn’t an angle.

9. Take the siv ceeb with the larger print and wrap around the bottom of the hat. Make sure one piece over laps the other and to leave about 1 cm of purple showing. Hand sew the siv ceeb onto the purple layer. Alternate the different type of siv ceeb and repeat. Make sure to wrap in the same direction for each layer.

10.. Place the pom pom boa on the edge and top of the top of the hat and hand sew the boa on the hat.

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12. I store the little money belt away separately so that it doesn’t tarnish. When wearing the hat place a little money belt below the pom pom.

Thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you want to see more tutorials on Hmong clothes.

How to make a Hmong Hat | Phuam Dai Hlaws or Phuam Dai Paj

Hmong Hat DIY

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Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing how to make a Hmong hat. I remember I spent one summer many years ago working on the embroidery of the hat and making pom poms. I think I embroidered about 6-8  pieces. My mom made them into hats and there was one left that was unfinished. This summer I decided to finish it so that I could learn how to make this Hmong hat from start to finish. This type of Hmong hat is worn with sev plooj and pants.

Materials::

Black 14 count aida cloth

Black Cotton

Thread

Pom Poms

Beads

Interlock Canvas

Interface

1 Siv Ceeb

Hmong Hat Tutorial::

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  1. First, you need to complete the embroidery for the top of the hat. Above I have an example of the pattern I used. Feel free to change up the colors. I start from the bottom right corner, leaving some room at the top. The top piece will be tucked into the part of the hat later.

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2. Iron on the interface to the back of the embroidery.  This will help make the top part of the hat sturdy. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Tuck in the outer edges. edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.

3. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Unfold.

4..Tuck in the outer edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.

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5. Fold in half along the crease.

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6. Sew the left and bottom sides with a sewing machine. The top edge should be the crease and the right edge should be open.

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7. Now you can add pom poms to the top piece. I used 6 beads per pom pom and attached the pom  by going through the center threads used to tie the pom pom. I attach 1 pom on top and 1 on the bottom and leave a little over 1 inch in between the pom poms.

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8. After you attach the pom poms it should look like this.

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9. Now cut out 1 circle out of the interlock canvas (white grid). The circle above is about 7inches in diameter. A circle with the diameter of 7 will make the circumference of the hat about 22 inches. If the circumference of your head is bigger cut out a bigger circle, if smaller cut out a smaller circle.

10. Cut out 2 circles out of the black cotton fabric. This circle should be larger than interlock circle.

11. Iron on the interface to the black circles.

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12. Hand sew the black circles onto to the interlock circle.

13. For the first black circle, place the interlock onto the interface side and fold the edges of the black circle over. Sew the edge of the circle.

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15. Cut out a rectangular piece of interlock. The length should be the circumference of your head + ~3 inches. The width is about 5 inches. For reference, my measurements were 25 inches X 5 inches.

16. Cut out a rectangular piece of black cotton, It should be about 1 inch longer than the interlock about 2 times wider. My piece was about 26 inches x 12 inches.
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17. Place the interlock on top of black cotton near the top edge. Leave about 1 inch of room. Fold the top of the edge down and sew onto the interlock.

18. Fold the sides in and sew onto the interlock.

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19. Take the top piece and place it over the interlock and center.

20. Fold the bottom of the black cotton over the interlock. Tuck the edges and sew.

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21. Overlap the edges of the rectangle to fit the size of your head and then hand sew it closed.

22. Place the circle on top and sew it on top of the edge of the hat.

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23. Flip the top piece of the hat over onto the circle.

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*** I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat with siv ceeb so I used a photo of a different hat instead.

24. Fold and sew siv ceeb at the bottom of the side of the hat. I usually have 3 black stripes and 2 white stripes and sew it a little less than an inch from the bottom.

25. Optional: Attach small coins to the front of the hat.

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Hmong Outfit :: Silk & Lavender

Hmong DIY

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Right now I’m in China visiting a friend. Being exposed to different ethnic minorites here inspires me to make more Hmong clothes.  I probably need to invest in a better sewing machine since my sewing machine is about to give out on me.

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This outfit was made by my mom and I made the hat. Even though there are trendy modern outfits, I still love and appreciate simple more traditional Hmong clothes. My mom usually makes me at least a new outfit a year if not she makes me multiple. Growing up, I helped her and this year I decided that it was the time that I learned how to make them on my own.

Even though I am still a beginner, I want to spend time writing down the steps so I don’t forget.

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In the outfit above, I am wearing a shirt, apron, skirt, belt, and sash. The belt is actually too long for me to tie so I have to safety pin it. I love the colors of this outfit and can’t wait to wear it during Hmong New Year.

Personally, my favorite piece to sew is the apron. There are different ways to sew it and in a future post, I’ll share my tips and tricks.

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This hat is the first that I made by myself and kinda went on a hat making spree afterward. This hat is based on phuam paj a type of head wrap worn by white Hmong that lives in the region known as Tsua Noog Roov towards the Khammoune region of Laos. I loved bright colors of the headdress. By making it myself, I was able to customize the hat. The sparkly siv ceeb brightens the hat and my complexion. While looking at hats, I noticed that some people cut costs but not using siv ceeb and used a gingham print fabric instead.

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The only thing that would take a while would be the embroidery on the two panels of the hat, but that was actually my favorite part. The focal point of the hat is the colorful embroidery. In order to replicate the look of a head wrap, tuck one panel in at the top and place it at angle.

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Currently, I am trying to balance my wanderlust and my sewing projects. It doesn’t help that traveling inspires me to make more outfits. I already have a list of things to try to make when I get back to the U.S.  Additionally I ran out of room to store my Hmong clothes so when I get back I have to reorganize them and find a solution.

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Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make the hat. I’m going to post a different hat tutorial first because  I have access to those photos during my trip.

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Thank you for reading and comment below to share your current project or how you store your Hmong clothes.

Photography:: Rosely Vue Photography