After living like backpackers for a couple of months, Hoi An was truly a splurge for us. Besides staying in a fancy resort and eating in nice restaurants as often as possible, we also decided to get some custom-made apparel in Hoi An.
Hoi An is a city chock-full of tailors. Tailor shops line the streets, sidewalk mannequins sport custom designs and open doors in alleyways reveal little workshops full of busy seamstresses and tailors. In Hoi An, you can get quality clothing custom-made in only a few days for very little money compared to what you would pay for similar items off the rack. We knew from the start we would be getting something made in Hoi An–my bridesmaid dress for my sisters wedding. Being the super-laid back bride she is, she just chose a color and told her bridesmaids to get anything they like in that hue. That was good news for me–I knew right away I wanted to get a custom-made dress while in Vietnam!
So I saved some photos of dresses I liked, and we hit the pavement looking for a tailor that would suit our needs (pun intended). We finally found a cute place with super-friendly seamstresses who weren’t too expensive. I showed the girls my pictures, they showed me some fabrics, and pretty soon we had an idea sketched out for the bridesmaid dress. But before I knew it, we were also sketching out designs for a second dress. An unneeded dress. A little party dress. What can I say, I got a little carried away! Then, all of a sudden, Matt decided he wanted to get another custom-made suit. So before we knew it, we had ordered two cocktail dresses, a three-piece suit, and a dress shirt. Whoops! I’m not sure how much this would all cost in the US, but our total was about $300–for six custom made items of clothing. We felt pretty good about that! Plus, for buying so much, so they threw in a free tie for Matt.
I know a lot of people spend much less money on custom clothes in Hoi An–but you have to remember, we got all formal wear. If you’re in the market for something more casual (like tee shirts, sundresses, blouses, etc.), expect to pay much less. Here are some photos of the finished products–minus the bridesmaid dress! Stay tuned for a few more months and you’ll see that one on my sister’s big day!
Have you ever ordered custom-made clothing? When and where, and was it a good experience?