In January, I posted Elephant’s Foot, a pattern used in a sev for a new Hmong outfit my daughter is working on. As promised, pictured above is what I designed for the cuff and front opening of the shirt.
You will see three distinct ‘blocks’ in the picture above. Each ‘block’ is 27 stitches and measures 2 7/8”. The entire piece is 8 blocks long and measures 15 3/4” X 2 1/2”. It uses the same 15-count black cross-stitch fabric, and pink and yellow thread used in the sev.
I felt like the pattern ‘as is’ from the sev was too wide for the shirt, so I created a new pattern using elements from the Elephant’s Foot pattern. I wanted the completed outfit to be cohesive, like the sev and shirt belonged together. In order to do this, it was important to use the same materials previously used. It wasn’t right to introduce new colors or fabric to the outfit at this point. I used the center and corners of each block of the Elephant’s Foot pattern to create this new design.
Stay tuned for the completed Hmong outfit!