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 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

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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

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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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Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection

Fresno Hmong New Year

:: Fresno Hmong New Year ::

In my last post, I mentioned that I had prepared too many outfits this year for Fresno Hmong New Year. I had to narrow it down to the outfits that took me longest, had sentimental value, and had prior reservations. Now that Hmong New Year is over, and its the start of 2019 I can put my clothes away and start packing. I won’t be able to do as many Hmong Outfit Series posts as I’m starting grad school and moving to San Jose. However, I’ll try to fit in as many as I can throughout the year. I might be busy with grad school, but I know I won’t stop collecting outfits. Honestly, I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to sew as often but I know that I already have plenty of outfits for Hmong New Year.

:: D A Y 1 ::

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I made my cousins and I matching outfits this year. We went with the White Hmong Xieng Khouang style. I wanted something simple but I made a mistake with my fabric choice. Next time if I’m short on time and making lots of outfits I’m sticking to cotton. Plain and simple. I actually burned one of the shirts while ironing so that set me back. It’s still rewarding when I look at our pictures together. It’s not my best work but it looks good from far away. This year my cousin’s boyfriend dressed up with us as well!

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Txoom Suab

Black and White Xiong Khouang Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

:: D A Y 2 ::

IMG_1997edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP  I opted to wear my blue hat with my Hmong Leng Sayaboury outfit because my grandma made me this little coin belt years ago. Last year I added coins and since the beads were blue, I paired it with my blue hat. My grandma stopped making paj ntaub mos when I was really young so there aren’t a lot of examples of her work. I think she started me at 3 because I was supposed to practice reverse appliqué and eventually make my own. I can do regular appliqué it’s just not that best. Another reason, I chose this outfit is because my mom is from this province in Laos. She wears the White Hmong Sayaboury outfit with pants. IMG_2126edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Outfit

Skirt 40 X 22

Leg Warmers

:: D A Y 3 ::

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This outfit is the outfit that started my sequin adventure. I want a Striped Hmong Outfit but wanted something different and something that I didn’t see before so I opted for paj ntaub cog ci version. Originally I wasn’t going to make the hat but it was hard to stop. At that point I wanted sequin versions of everything.

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam

Stripped Hmong Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Leg Warmers

:: D A Y 4 ::

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Posing with one of my favorite Hmong dance groups Tseem Tub Ntxhais Hmoob. They won 1st place in the dance competition this year! Sequin hat to match my blue sequin outfit. If it’s not already apparent, blue is also my favorite color. I kinda regret not serging this fabric and using french seams as some parts of the gold is fraying and coming out. Every project is learning experience and I’m constantly learning that I’m a little lazy with too many ideas.  I had the chance to meet Neng Now! Can’t wait to see his video. IMG_2519edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Paj

Paj Ntaub Cog Ci Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

:: D A Y 5 ::

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The last of my sequin projects was my sequin princess hat. I wanted this hat to shine so I opted a simple and modern look. I love the poofy skirt and helped me feel like a princess. There were different white pleated maxi skirts that other vendors were selling but I didn’t want to wear one with a hoop under as I wanted it to flow and move naturally as I walked. Also, some weren’t puffy and just sadly hang.

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:: Outfit Details::

Princess Hat

Madewell Shirt XS

3 Tiered Maxi Skirt 36 X 36

:: D A Y 6 ::

IMG_2724edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP  I woke up on the 6th day with puffy eyes probably because I’ve been outside consistently without taking my allergy medicine. My cousins and I had agreed on wearing Thai outfits on this day months ago and we picked on of the coldest days. My outfit barely fit me as I gained a bit of weight since I bought mine 2-3 years ago.IMG_2754edit-768x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year :: Outfits & Yearly Reflection MAKEUP

:: Outfit Details::

Thai Outfit M

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The last day of Fresno Hmong New Year was the day that I struggled to pick an outfit. For a while I was debating between 3 options but I decided on wearing this vintage Hmong Chinese outfit that I bought a couple of months ago. I always wanted one when I was younger but my mother refused to buy me one because she didn’t like it. When I was old enough to buy myself one they no longer made these outfits. I also promised myself that I wouldn’t alter the outfit maybe just the skirt. However I think I changed everything but the hat and leg wraps/nrhoob. I shortened the tails of the sash in the back, took in the sleeves, and shortened the sev. Now it’s a lot more flattering on me and I’ll actually wear it instead of just hoarding it in my closet.
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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Chinese Outfit

Thank you for reading! 2018 was a fun year filled with traveling and crafting. I’m excited to start grad school and like everyone else my New Year’s resolutions is weightless/fitness related. Just need to get back on track so I’m stronger, fitter, and healthier. Sewing makes me quite sedentary and I’m not taking a sewing machine with me so there will be a pause on my projects.