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

Hmong Fitted Shirt Pattern Tutorial: Bodice

Hmong Fitted Shirt

Materials::

Ruler

French Curve

Paper

Pencil

My measurements for reference:

Bust:32 inches 8.5

Waist:24 inches 6.5

Hip: 34 inches 9

Torso Length: 22 inches

Directions:

Front of Shirt

  1. Fold paper in half
  2. Draw a line 5 inches from center. Mark as Point A.
  3. Draw a line 22 inches down from Point A and mark as Point B. Line AB is the torso length.
  4. Draw a line 3.5 inches to the right of Point A and mark as C. Line AC is the neck of the shirt. 3.5 inches should be plenty. Only adjust if the person has a much larger neck.
  5. From Point C draw a diagonal line to the edge. Point D is on Line AB. Point D will be used to draw the bust line. Line CE is the wrap front part of the shirt.
  6. From Point C draw a line 3.5 inches to the right. Mark as Point F. Line CF should be slightly smaller than your shoulder length.
  7. Draw a line 1 inch below F and mark as Point G. Line CG should be the length of the shoulder.
  8. Draw a line down 22 inches down from Point F and mark as H.
  9. From Point D draw a line to the right about 10.5 inches. Mark as Point I. Line DI is the ((bust measurement +2)/4) +2. For example, my Bust Measurement is 32 inches.
    • 32+2 = 34 ( I add 2 inches for room)
    • 34/4= 8.5
    • 8.5+2=10.5 (This allows the shirt to be able to wrap and overlap nicely)
  10. The waist line is about 5 inches down from Line DI. You have 2 options to determine where to draw waistline.
    • Option 1 based on your measurement. This would the length from your bust to your waist.
    • Option 2 based on Line DB. For me, Line DB is 12.5 inches long. I split it so that it would be a little less than half on top and more than half on bottom. 5 inches and 7.5 inches.
  11. From Line DB,  draw a line to the right about 8.5 inches and mark Point J. This line is the ((waist measurement +2)/4) +2.
  12. Draw a line 11 inches to the right of Point B and mark as Point K. Line BK is the ((hip measurement +2)/4) +2.
  13. Use the French Curve and ruler to connect points G&I, Points I &J, and Points J&K.
  14. About 4 inches the right of Line DB on Line J mark Point L. Draw a line going through point L touching like DI and BK.
  15. 0.5 inches to the right and left of Point L mark Point M and Point N.
  16. Draw a diamond using Points M and N. The top point should not touch line DI. I made it about 2 inches below. This can be determined but your bust radius.
  17. Use the French Curve to draw the bust seam. If the person has a big bust and large bust radius, this seam should be drawn curvier.
  18. Repeat and mirror steps for the other side.

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Back of the Shirt

  1. Fold the paper in half.
  2. Mark Point A directly on center fold.
  3. 22 inches down from Point A mark Point B. Again Line AB is the torso length.
  4. Draw a line to the right of Point A 3.5 inches long and mark Point C.
  5. Go down 3.5 inches from Point A and mark Pont D.
  6. Draw a line 2.5 inches to the right of Point D and mark as Point E.
  7. Go back to Point C and draw a line to right 3.5 inches long and mark as Point F.
  8. Draw a 1-inch line down from Point F  and mark as Point G.
  9. Draw a line down from Point F. I went down about 9.5 inches and marked point H. Line FH should be the same length as  Line AD from the front.
  10. From the center fold,  draw a line 10. 5 inches that crosses through Point H and mark as Point I.
  11. About 5 inches down from line I draw a line 8.5 inches from the center fold and mark as  Point J.
  12. From Point B draw a line 11 inches to the right and mark as point K.
  13. Use the French Curve and ruler to connect Points G &I, Points I&J, and Points J&K.
  14. On Line J, about 4 inches from the center fold mark point L.
  15. 0.5 inches to the right and left of Point L mark Point M and Point N
  16. Draw a diamond. The tips of the diamond should touch Line I and Line BK. This is a waist dart.
  17. Repeat and mirror steps for the other side.

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Finals Steps

  1. Cut out panels and add seam allowances. The seam allowance should be about 0.5 inches.

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How to Create a Flat Lay Background

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I got bored of using my desk and bedsheets as my flat lay background. So I decided to create my own flat lay backgrounds to switch it up a bit. This is a pretty project to do! I would recommend grabbing a partner though as contact paper is super spiky and you don’t want to have any mishaps.

Materials:: 

Contact Paper
Foam Poster Paper
Credit Card or Gift Card
Scissors

Steps:: 

1. Cut contact paper to size. I leave excess so that I can wrap it around the back but that is optional. If you want to make a two sided board you can cut it exact so you can use the other side as well. That is more difficult so I opted with one-sided backgrounds.
2. Peel backing off and carefully place on top of the surface.
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3. Use the card to smooth out air bubbles. Go in one direction!!!
4. Flip the board over and press down the excess.
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I ended up making 4! I can’t wait to use them. Thank you for reading.

Hmong Outfit:: Batik & Silver

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This outfit post showcases the first Hmong outfit that I made by myself. Growing up my mom would sew me outfits and this year she was diagnosed with carpal tunnel. This made it difficult for her to hold a needle and made me realize it was time for me to learn. For a month my cousins and sister would meet at my house and learn from my mom so that we would have matching outfits for Hmong New Year.
All of the Hmong clothes that my mom and grandma have made me will become part of my dowry when I get married. I always joke that I will have to make multiple trips because I have too much stuff. In fact the plastic container that stores all my Hmong clothes needs to replaced because it’s too full.
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For the outfit I made everything except the skirt, necklace, and silver belt or siv. I was inspired by Batik for this outfit and incorporated Batik print throughout the outfit. Paired with a white skirt the focus is on the batik. Batik is a resist dye technique where wax is applied to the fabric in a design and then dyed with indigo. After the dye, the wax is removed and a white design is left behind. This is typically done on yards of fabric then pleated with hundreds of accordion pleats onto a skirt. Instead of usually actual batik, I used a fabric that had a batik print. I am still in the search for my very own batik skirt though.

Rosely took beautiful shots of the outfit! I posted a couple of my favorites. Stay tuned for tutorials on pattern drafting for a fitted Hmong shirt and for a traditional Hmong shirt. Let me now in the comments if you want additional tutorials on how to make Hmong clothes.

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Photography by:: ROSELY VUE PHOTOGRAPHY
Email her at roselyv09@gmail.com or direct message her Facebook for booking information.

Sneak Peek: Completing my First Hmong Outfit

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I’ve been trying to wait for all of my photos to be edited, but I really wanted to share this picture with everyone. Growing up I cross-stitched and would help my mom sew, and I figured that now would be a good time to learn how to sew an entire outfit. This outfit was made with a traditional shirt, and a shortened apron (sev). I paired it with a traditional white skirt with a shortened length and kept the accessories minimal as well to focus on the printed batik fabric.
I can’t wait to show everyone more pictures. Please follow for more updates! I’ll probably draft a traditional Hmong shirt pattern next. There have been a lot of requests for tutorials so when I have a more free time, I’ll film a tutorial of my other Hmong hat.
Pictures were taken by Rosely Vue Photography. Check her page out and message her for details.

 

Just Finished Making Another Hmong Hat!

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This project took me a lot longer than I expected but I’m pretty happy with the end product. It’s pretty simple to make but if I had the option of buying one or making one I would probably just buy it. However, I enjoyed figuring out how to put it together.

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I love the glittery fabric and I picked one with a pinkish purple pattern because there is no such thing as too pink!

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The most tedious part was making and attaching the tassels.
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All done! Can’t wait to wear it to Hmong New Year!