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.
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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Happy Monday everyone! Recently I’ve been into styling monochromatic outfits. I feel as if black and white is a classy yet difficult to style. By mixing different textures and structural elements, the outfit has some unique elements. I love this scalloped skirt and added a leather jacket to make the look more edgy. While I was walking around New York I was stopped and questioned multiple times about whether or not I was cold.
Outfit Details: Top Loft Sweater XS (Old), Express Vegan Leather Jacket XS(Old), Topshop Scalloped Skirt 00 (Old), Old Navy Scarf, and Steve Madden Sandals.
Stay tuned for a travel tips and my foodie adventure in New York City!
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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.
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.
I love the glittery fabric and I picked one with a pinkish purple pattern because there is no such thing as too pink!
The most tedious part was making and attaching the tassels.
All done! Can’t wait to wear it to Hmong New Year!
This year I was only able to go to Hmong New Year for 2 days. My family always tries to go at least one day all dressed up in Hmong clothes. A majority of my outfits are made by mom and usually my sister and I go dressed up in matching outfits. I paired this with a white pleated skirt.
Took a picture with my favorite Hmong singer- Maa Vue. Her performance was by far the best at the Yellow Diamond New Years Party. There was so much detail and thought put into the performance. You can’t really tell in the photo but it was raining and super windy this day. It was the only day I had left to go so I still braved the weather and wore my Thai outfit since I wasn’t able to wear it last year.
I also spent the day in the rain looking for cute hair ornaments to match my outfit. Next year, I am going to try to go more often. I also have a DIY project in mind so stay tuned! I can’t wait to start and show you all my finished product.
I have a love and hate relationship with the color of this skirt. The print and cut is cute but the color is actually quite unappealing. Overall it’s an ugly cute. To balance out the skirt, I decided to pair it with all black. The textured tights make the look a little more unique and help lengthen the leg when paired with almond toed heeled booties. Even though, the booties have a skinner heel, I can last a good 4 hours in these. I remember I walked around Pier 39 in these before!
I like to extend the wear of my dresses into the fall by pairing them with booties. Once it gets a little chillier, I’ll add a layer of textured tights. The second day in Southern California was spent in Joshua Tree National Park. After taking some cute photos, I changed into my workout clothes and got ready to hike. This was my first desert hike and I can’t wait to go back. There are multiple rock formations to climb and some easy to moderate trails.
Free People Dress (old), BP Tandem Booties (old) 5
For my birthday, I decided to take a trip to Southern California to do a little exploring. The Last Bookstore was a treasure trove. I could spend hours looking for books. We stayed at cute little loft in Downtown Los Angeles. I didn’t check the weather and was stuck wearing a turtleneck in 90 degree weather…
After the Last Bookstore, we made a trip to Komodo. They are known for making the phorrito, which is basically pho wrapped in a tortilla. It was surprisingly really good, and I can’t wait to try to make it myself at home. It’s been a while since I actually experimented in the kitchen.
For a night out, I picked out this hunter green slip dress from Topshop. The lace adds a delicate touch and I wore my vegan leather jacket to make it more edgy. Leather and lace is one of my favorite combinations.