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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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!
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.
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.