Which tailor in Hoi An?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2013 4:34 AM Last Post By: mooslie
Sep 26, 2012 5:17 AM
Which tailor in Hoi An?Hi everyone, I've been doing so much research on tailors in Hoi An but I just can't seem to find the right answer. OK so I've narrowed down my list of tailors to the ones below and I need help as to which ones I should go to. They are:
Blue Ms Tam Tam
Tuong Lai Future
Trung Doc Couture
Miss Forget Me Not
I am looking mostly to get dresses, skirts, blouses. Most of the reviews I have seen are about suits but I noticed not many people talk about women's clothing. I would say I have a quirky fashion sense so I would probably prefer a tailor too that has a variety of material AND someone who is really flexible (comfortable with ALL styles).
For your info, I am not too interested in Yaly, Thu Thuy or A Dong Silk though I have heard much about them. And I will be in Hoi An for 4 nights (but more like 3 1/2 days)
Please tell me as well about prices. Thank you!! :)
Sep 26, 2012 9:32 AM
1It doesn't really matter which "tailor" you go to. None of them do the actual work. They take the orders and the sewing is subcontracted to some back lane sweatshop.
The best advice is to order just one item. If you're happy with the results order more. Don't order and pay for everything up front.
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Sep 26, 2012 10:42 PM
6Why bother getting your tailoring done in Hoi An? Seems a bit of fun for mugs. Leave your tailoring needs until Hanoi or HCMC if going there - where you may have more time, and be able to sort out the more reputable shops. Spent a few days in Hoi An a couple months ago, and there were about 20X the tailors that were there in 1996. Thought the point in getting clothes made in Hoi An was to have tailors of multiple generations experience/expertise doing the work(?) Either the tailors have been very prolific, or every/any man and his dog has moved there from all over VN for a cut of the tourist action ...
Sep 26, 2012 11:39 PM
7It doesn't really matter which "tailor" you go to. None of them do the actual work. They take the orders and the sewing is subcontracted to some back lane sweatshop.
JJ has good advice.OP don't be sucked in by the Hoi An tailor scam. Hanoi and HCMC have better options for clothes.
@#4 JJ If Norm models the clothes maybe they won't pass the test! he he he
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Oct 4, 2012 5:45 AM
12I am very happy with the quality of the work at Bebe provided. I caution people about having unrealistic expectations about what is able to be produced Ian short time frame. Wile spending 5 days in Hoi An I noticed many people had very little time, and very little idea of what they wanted made. They were wanting high end tailoring for a bargain basement price. In the past I made most of my own cloths, and the items I bought were of equally good construction as I could make and the fabric was great. The challenge for shoppers is having a clear style to request and some idea of the fabric desired.
Honts for success:
Take garments that fit week to be copied
Take pictures of what you want
Edited by: swellard
Oct 5, 2012 2:53 AM
13The above poster makes valid points. I wrote a list of half a dozen or so tailors listed in LP and made my way to each of them in turn. I settled on Yaly at 47 Nguyen Thai Hoc which had already been recommended to my by a friend. I had too short a time, the lady said they couldn't do it but gave in I think to make me happy.
Excellent advice. I had a mental picture of the jacket I wanted but couldn't see one like it. I liked one on a model and chose that. Going back for the first fitting I was very disappointed - it wasn't what I wanted and didn't match the picture in my mind. I had wanted a loose fitting jacket, they had copied the one on the model but made it in a bigger size. I considered not going back and saying goodbye to $60 but went back anyway. They removed the darts to enlarge it, second fitting was better but not really what I'd had in mind.
I realised it wasn't the tailor's fault, it was mine - it was the fabric I chose. Thai silk is very stiff and doesn't "hang". I decided on a second jacket, and selected Japanese silk (a more expensive fabric but had the "floaty" quality I was after) The lady warned me it wouldn't look anything like the first one. She came back with a price and a drawing of what it would look like - it was exactly what I wanted. I paid and arranged for them to be delivered to home. I love the second jacket and am very pleased with it.
The moral is - it isn't always the tailor's fault for clothing that you aren't happy with.
Jacket 1 and Jacket 2 Both jackets are beautifully made and the lady who was in charge of the measuring advised me on a different collar to suit my neck area. I can't complain about the first jacket - I should have chosen a different silk.
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