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!
Arm Hole Depth
A to B is the length of the sleeve
A to C is the arm hole depth.
Line D to E is the hand circumference. I use hand circumference instead of wrist so that I don’t need to add buttons on the sleeve.
Through point C draw a line the length of the bicep circumference.
Divide the line evenly into 6 sections.
Draw lines from each point.
Draw a line from point A to F and from point A to K forming a triangle. Draw a line from F to D and K to E. Label the section F for Front and B for back. This is the left sleeve.
Line G place a dot 3/4″ below the intersecting line.
Line H place a dot 3/4″ above the intersecting line.
Line I place a dot 1′ above the intersecting line.
Line J place a date where the two lines intersect.
Use a french curve to connect the dots.
Leave a 1/2″ inseam around the pattern.
Earlier this year, I successfully made my own Hmong outfit! The post of the finished product will be posted soon, so stay tuned. After making a traditional Hmong shirt, I wanted to try making fitted Hmong shirt but I couldn’t really find a pattern. So after doing a lot of research on Youtube, I decided to try to draft my own pattern.
I can’t wait to actually try it out on cloth and see how it turns out. Let me know if you want me to breakdown how I drew my pattern. If there is enough interest, I can do a follow-up tutorial on pattern drafting and how to adjust for your own size.
Pictures of my pattern below:
Front Right Pieces
Front Left Pieces
Above is a piece that I embroidered that is going to be pieced together to make a Hmong Hat. It’s been a while since I did any type of embroidery and I’m excited to see how the hat turns out.
I am pretty sure that I held a needle before I held a pencil. My grandmother handed me a needle, thread, and scrap piece of fabric when I was three. Sitting next to my grandma near a big window for natural light, I would practice my stitches. In hindsight it was probably her way of getting me to sit down and not run around and get into trouble.
Thread tension was one of things that took me a while to get a hold of. If it’s too tight the fabric will pucker so it’s best if the same amount of tension is used throughout the fabric. It took me years before I made something that was worth keeping.
In the piece above the stitches are linear and not actual cross stitch. This pattern is pretty simple so maybe I’ll make myself more than one hat. It’s honestly more cost effective to buy a hat, but I love looking at something and trying to figure out how to make it myself. Can’t wait to show everyone the finished product.