What’s it like working with Hoi An tailors to get handmade clothing? Here’s a bit into my experience when I visited Vietnam over one vacation!
Guys, of course, I had clothes made while in Vietnam! I have three different Pinterest boards full of style inspiration on my personal page, so I was not about the pass up the opportunity to fulfill some of those outfit dreams.
I have one of those figures that just likes to defy any kind of logic of regular clothing sizes, and I’m insanely picky with how things fit me (hence why I like to just wear giant, over-sized shirts a lot). Having something custom made for a decent price seemed too good to be true.
Hoi An tailors are quite famous as one of the must-dos in the town, so we knew we had to take advantage of their reputations.
Getting Tailor Made Clothing in Hoi An
Now, I wasn’t about to take my chances on popping into any shop, and with five days, I didn’t want to waste any time getting my dresses made. I did a lot of reading beforehand, finding other blogs to see what they did, where they went, and how their clothes have lasted them.
House to Laos has a fantastic guide to their process, and after one of their favorite shops happened to cross-check with where a friend had her clothes made, I decided to head towards one of Yaly Couture’s locations.
Yaly has a good reputation, and they work a bit more like a franchise. They have a ton of fabric selection, and you will only have one woman working with you the whole time. They don’t bargain.
Cotton is my favorite fabric and works well with my hatred of sweating, so I had a cherry red and a light navy dress made. I also talked to my tailor about how I hate dresses being too tight on my arms and armpits. We then figured out a neckline and where to have it hit on my waist, legs, and arms.
Michelle (my travel buddy) opted on getting a black dress and a floral top made.
We only had to go back once more the next day for a final fitting, and then we picked up our dresses later that afternoon.
Totally last minute, we decided to have leather bags made as well. I got a black leather bucket bag (putting all those years of selling purses and understanding their features to good use!), and Michelle got a black leather tote bag and a suede olive green clutch.
The couple who ran the shop was just so pleasant and friendly to work with (plus their toddler son is precious). They didn’t try to hustle or rush us, so we both would really recommend buying from them. You can find them at 69 Nguyen Thai Hoc St.
Thought I’d jot down a quick update now that it’s been about 2 years since we had these things made! I’ve gained a decent amount of weight so my dresses don’t fit me :(. They’re still in great condition, though the fabric does wrinkle easily. I’m keeping them safe at home until I lose the weight! I remember talking to Michelle at one point, and she realized once she was back in Korea that her dress cuts her a bit shorter than she’s comfortable with, so that’s just something to keep in mind!
Have you ever had anything made abroad? Share your pics!
for more vietnam travel
I’ve been able to explore a lot of this country, so here are all my other guides:
- 50 Vietnam Travel Tips
- How to Plan a Trip to Vietnam
- 22 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vietnam
- How to Plan the Ultimate Leaving Vietnam Trip
- The Best Things to Do in Hanoi
- Hanoi to Halong Bay: How to Get There
- A Day Cruise Along Halong Bay
- Mu Cang Chai Travel Tips
- A Secluded Sapa Itinerary
- Hiking & Herbal Baths with the Red Dzao in Sapa
- Historical Things to Do in Hue: Ultimate Guide
- Hue in One Day: A Speedy Itinerary
- Azerai La Residence Hue Review: A Luxury Stay
- Marble Mountains in Da Nang
- A Semi-Relaxing Phong Nha Travel Itinerary
- Quirkiest Things to Do in Dalat
- How to Visit Yok Don National Park
- Top Things to Do in Hoi An
- How to Spend 3 Days in Hoi An
- The Vietage: A Luxury Train in Vietnam
- Anantara Quy Nhon Villas: A Luxury Review
- Best Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City: A Bucket List
- Coolest Things to Do in District 1, HCMC
- A Guide to District 5 & Cho Lon, HCMC
- Hem 15B Le Than Thon: Guide to Little Japan Saigon
- What to Do in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet
- Anantara Mui Ne: Best Resort for a Girls’ Getaway
- Mekong Delta Day Trip: What to Expect
- A Guide to Vinh Long in the Mekong
- Con Dao: An Island Travel Guide
- Azerai Can Tho: A Luxury Stay in the Mekong
- Odys Boutique Hotel Review: A Chic Mid-Range Stay in HCMC
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