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January 11, 2013

It’s a new year and I’d like to see new fabrics :D
But I’d need to get rid of old fabrics first so, my plan is to make whatever I can think of and sell it for cheap. Check out and keep updated with my etsy shop for dresses or outfit.
Below are photos of what I’ve made so far this year.

black blue gold sequin fabric hmong xweets

black blue gold sequin fabric hmong xweets

black gold blue sequins sweetheart dress sash sev skirt dress hmong xweets
hmong black gold heart swirl necklace xweets one

hmong black gold heart swirl necklace xweets one

hmong green floral navy blue dark black long sweetheart dress bridesmaid prom junior xweets

hmong green floral navy blue dark black long sweetheart dress bridesmaid prom junior xweets

hmong black gold heart swirl necklace xweets

hmong black gold heart swirl necklace xweets

hmong green floral navy blue dark black long sweetheart dress bridesmaid prom junior xweets

hmong green floral navy blue dark black long sweetheart dress bridesmaid prom junior xweets

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xweets fashion show fresno 2012 dress wedding thai hmong Hmong Wedding long dress with embroidery sleeve belt

I want to thank the Revived Fashion Show members and participants for allowing me to be part of the show and making it happen. It was a great experience and am looking forward to next year. I had 10 dresses, but only 9 models showed up, which was a little disappointed. I should’ve and could’ve looked or called someone to model it, but it’s too late at this point.
I’m not much of a photo taking person, therefore, I DO NOT have any photos of the models in the dresses. Luckily, my sister Yergie, which was my wonderful wonderful dresser who helped me SOOO much during the show, took the photo above.

Convertible Dress

May 12, 2012

While waiting for my fabric to dry, I decided to make a quick dress that should only take a few minutes. I’ve been seeing these convertible dresses for years now. The first time was in Vegas and a friend bought 2. Thought it was cool, but nothing too exciting or cute to purchase or make one for myself. It’s really popular on Etsy as bridesmaid dresses and I’ve been seeing some really creative wraps. I see it so often, I just had to make one.

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When I got started on the skirt of this dress, I realized it’s going to be super green. But what can I do? Nothing, because I don’t know what to do or what changes I should make. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike or hate it, I’m actually loving the color green this season. Yesterday night at around 11pm, after I cut my bangs or fringe, colored my roots, and watched random videos on YouTube, I decided to sew. I know right, at 11pm when I have work the next morning. It’s okay though because I don’t start heading out til 10am. I’m not done with the dress but, decided to quickly attach the bottom to the top to see how it’ll look like. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve used so much fabric on a dress before. If I have, I don’t remember. I bought 5 yards of the plain green and it doesn’t look like I have more than a yard and a half left. I think my sister bought me four yards of the Hmong green and silver fabric and no more than a half of a yard is left. It is because I cut one of the panels wrong so that was maybe a waste of a yard or so.

This dress reminds me of a princess dress (because of the side panels or whatever it’s called) so I think I’ll name it the Princess Dress. Since it’s so green, the first thing I thought of was Green Lady (Bridesmaid in Hmong). So, if you’re having a Hmong American wedding, this will be the perfect (literal) bridesmaid dress. Or if you’re attending an event (around this time would be Prom!) and love green as much as I do, this is the dress!

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Gosh, such beautiful weather this weekend; wish my boyfriend and I were more outdoor people. Besides, he has reeeaaalllly bad allergies during this time of the year so there’s no way we can enjoy the beautiful weather together.

This past Friday was very unproductive. I anticipated at least some sewing after work, but as soon as I got home, I wanted to lie under the blanket for a few minutes. Of course, I fell asleep and didn’t get up til 3am. By that time, I didn’t want to start on any sewing because if I start, I would’ve worked all the way through the morning and slept all afternoon. I did some cleaning and went back to bed at around 5. Let me tell you, I can sleep forever. I do notice a sleep pattern though. I’ve been sleeping late on workdays and sleeping early on weekends. Don’t know what’s up with me, but I need to do some kind of reverse psychology on myself that way I can sleep early on weekdays and late on weekends like everyone else.

Anyway, yesterday, I decided to use the lace knit I bought a few weeks ago. I have always love lace. I remembered years ago a few friends and I went to a Jessica McClintock store in SF to try on some dresses. A friend needed a dress for her cousin’s wedding so we planned the whole day in SF just dress shopping. One of my friends that were there commented that I picked out all the dresses that no one would like or wear, which was obviously her opinion because she doesn’t like lace! And, all the lace dresses I tried on were oh so beautiful; too bad I didn’t have any special occasion to attend to or I would’ve bought a few.

Well, I’m not sure about other Jo-Ann fabric stores, but the ones nearby do not carry a variety of lace so as soon as I found the lace knit above, I had to get it. At that time, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Yesterday, I just sort of stared at the fabric for a while and decided to do a summer romantic dress. I wanted to incorporate the one should bodice because currently I have a feel for it (All the Thai fabrics I have laying around makes me thought of Thai inspired looks). I wanted a one shoulder dress that will guarantee a nice fit so I didn’t sew the shoulder together. Sometimes the shoulder doesn’t fit well because of the bias cut making is loose. I made the shoulder tie long enough so there is options of tying it into a bow or leaving it hang down. The skirt part was the hardest to decide on. I wanted a fitted bottom like a pencil skirt, but I’m really not feeling it. I wanted a full length skirt or a 2 or 3 tier skirt, but I didn’t have enough fabric. I spent a long time debating and decided on a basic full skirt because of the shoulder tie. I wanted the focus to stay on the shoulder so I left the skirt plain. The fabric color is ivory of off-white, which I love. I don’t like the color white too much because it’s too plain and simple for me. I think this dress would be perfect for a summer romantic destination dress or a bridesmaid dress. This dress is posted on my etsy shop (Xweets)!

Today, I think will be an unproductive day. The weather is too nice and I think I’ll spend some time sunbathing.

Wrap Dress

April 6, 2012

I am super excited to show off the sweetheart wrap dress I made yesterday night. Ever since I started on my Thai inspired clothing items, I’ve been wanting to make a wrap dress, similar to the traditional Thai wrap skirt. I didn’t want it to make it exactly like the Thai wrap skirt because then it’ll be too simple and there’s no point. My passion and goal is to modernize anything Hmong, not make exact copies. I loved vintage clothing items as well so I came up with this design a while ago (only in my mind because I can’t draw). The dress has been itching to get out of my mind and into reality, but I just couldn’t find the perfect fabric. Brocades would be great for the dress, but it’d be too bright and flashy; Thai fabrics would be perfect, but it’s too precious and expensive to use it as a sample piece. With nothing to do, I decided to work on the dress and just grab whatever fabric I have. I used this leopard print knit fabric, which turned out great because it hugs the body and gives stretch to wherever it needs. It’s not a true wrap dress, because the “wrap” cannot be undone like the original wrap dress or skirt. It has the overlap in the front, but it’s sewn attached to the top on the waist. The real test now, is to make it with non-stretch fabric. The hunt for the perfect fabric for this dress starts this weekend!

I’m also thinking how I can incorporate Hmong fabrics into this dress as well…

OH! a friend of mine is making bridesmaid dresses… I’m thinking this would be perfect for a summery bridesmaid dress, or a beach wedding dress… I’m thinking too much! need to relax and look for fabrics. The excitement could be that I just finish drinking a cup of coffee. :D