Guys, of course I got 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), so to have something custom made for a decent price was 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.
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, and they’re very professionally run. 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 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 get 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 were just so pleasant and friendly to work with (plus their toddler son is precious), and 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.
LINKS FOR EXPERIENCES WITH HOI AN TAILORS
- Hoi An Tailor Shop Guide Part I | House to Laos
- Hoi An Tailor Shop Guide Part II | House to Laos
- A Pinterest Inspired Hoi An Shopping Spree | A Cruising Couple
- Top Things to Do in Hoi An Ancient City, Vietnam | Haute Culture
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Words and Photographs by Samantha/Michelle