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.


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



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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