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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Hmong Inspired Batik Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 3 :

IMG_3303edit-683x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018 DIY OUTFITS 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 :

IMG_9019edit-682x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018 DIY OUTFITS 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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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!

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.

14. The second black circle will hide the overlapped edges of the first. Again place interface side down onto the interlock. Tuck the edges of the circle in and sew. DSC_0260-1024x683 How to make a Hmong Hat | Phuam Dai Hlaws or Phuam Dai Paj DIY OUTFITS

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.

Thank you for reading! Please like, comment, and share.

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

Weekend of Wine:: Military Jacket & Ankle Boots

Weekend of Wine:: Military Jacket & Ankle Boots *** One of my favorite things to do is wine tasting. I love looking at the different shades of wine in the glass and trying to notice the different notes with my nose. It’s a sensory experience! Double tap if you want to try wine tasting! *** :Outfit Details: @madwell jacket @urbanoutfitters dress @nordstrom bp ankle boots @quayaustralia sunglasses *** #madewell #urbanoutfitters #bp #quay #uoonyou #fresnofashionblogger #styleinspo #igfashionblog #colorcrush #instastyle #urbanstyle #igblogger #styletip #shopaholic #shoptillyoudrop #consciousculture #flashesofdelight #ilovetoshop #iwillwearwhatilike #whatimwearing #shopstyleit #realoutfitgram #pursuepretty #streetstyleluxe #yourlifestyled #igstyle #fashionable #petitefashion #lovethislook

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Happy Sunday, everybody!! It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I recently switched over from Blogger to WordPress.  The past couple of weeks, I spent time making a couple of changes here and there. The transition frustrated me.  I’ll admit I was close to giving up and going back to what I was comfortable with. However, in my heart and in my mind, I knew that I would only stunt my growth. Additionally, I have been on posting daily on Instagram @PetiteRosesandWine and getting back into PIIT28.  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, please add me instagram.com/petiterosesandwine!

Today, I’m sharing an outfit that I wore wine tasting in Shenandoah Valley. I love extending the wear of my dresses so that I can wear them during all seasons. For this look, I paired this printed dress from Urban Outfitters with my neutral ankle boots and a structured military jacket. Personally, I like adding a little bit edge to my outfits to balance out the feminine touches. How would you describe your personal style?  Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

::Outfit Details::

Urban Outfitters Dress XS

Madewell Military Jacket XXS

BP Boots 5

Quay Sunglasses Old

Thank you for reading.! If you like this post, please share, comment, and subscribe.

 

 

Pop of Pink:: Overlay Skirt & Embroidered Top

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Happy Monday, everyone!!! Today, I’m sharing an outfit that I wore to the Old Town Flea Market. In my Madewell Haul, I picked up this black overlay midi skirt. I paired it with a pink crop top with white embroidery and a scalloped hem. The scallop detailing and the embroidery adds some texture to the outfit and the lightweight skirt with the addition of wedges adds length. By pairing a high waisted skirt with a crop top, I create the illusion of having longer legs and hide my long torso. If you like the skirt, you should hurry and buy it while it’s on sale! Right now it’s $30!

:Outfit Details:

H&M Crop Top XS Old
Madewell Overlay Midi Skirt XXS
Target Wedges 5
Kate Spade Black Suede Crossbody Old
Quay Sunglasses Old

Madewell Haul:: Back to Basics & Petite Friendly Finds

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Madewell opened a shop in Fresno last fall in Figarden Village and today I stopped by to pick up a couple of basics.

:Haul:

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Even though it’s May, I can’t help myself and bought this sweater. It’s on sale and it looks cute paired with leggings. Plus, it reminded me of oatmeal… Now on to more practical pieces for the summer heat.

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For petite women, I would recommend the crew neck pocket tee. They have a much better fit than the v-necks and actually show off a feminine figure. XXS small fits me perfectly. Whenever something fits me without alterations, I pick up multiples. Plus, they are super soft!

I wished Madewell would change the fit of their v-necks. The super relaxed fit looks boxy on my petite frame.

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In an effort to reach out of my comfort zone and accessorize more, I picked out two bandanas. I think it will look cute tied around my neck or wrist or maybe even in my hair. This ribbed tank will add some texture to some outfits and be good for transitioning into different seasons.

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The last two items I bought were a tank and a maxi skirt. I have two similar tanks to this already with a slightly wider strap. Ever since I moved back to Fresno, I realized that I actually had to dress for each season and I was no longer able to be in sweater weather mode all year long. It gets hot and I need to have some tanks that are modest enough for work.

As a petite woman standing at 4’10” I struggle with maxi skirts. Sometimes there is just so much fabric that I feel as if I’m drowning and wearing a curtain. This is actually supposed to be a midi skirt but it hits me right at the ankle allowing me to show off cute sandals or even wedges.

Thank you for reading!

 

Ballet Slippers:: Pastels & Tutus

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This outfit consists of a long sleeve top with a tulle skirt. Since it made me feel like a ballerina, I took pictures in my satin ballet slippers. Gives me an excuse to take them out outside of my barre exercises. I love how this clutch is shaped like an envelope! The zipper edging adds additional texture to the outfit. The tulle and satin balances out the edgy cutout top and zippered clutch. Feminine with a dash of spice just how I like it.
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 Outfit: Long Sleeve Top (Sold out) One Size, Tulle Skirt S, Clutch & Ballet Slippers
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Since I moved back to Fresno, I enjoy finding cute spots for pictures. This a bike tunnel that is part of the  Old Town Clovis Trail off of Clovis and San Jose. What are some other hidden gems in the Fresno/Clovis area?

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Stay tuned for more outfit posts. Thank you for reading!

:Photography: Victoria Chang