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Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby slmkhoo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:12 am

I have a no. of silk cheongsam which my mum gave me. I need them altered (to make them less wide) before I can wear them. Can anyone recommend an experienced tailor for this? Any idea what the charges might be? Thanks!

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby limlim » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:42 am

Camp here for info.. :wink:

How much your silk cheongsam cost?

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby slmkhoo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:51 am

limlim wrote:Camp here for info.. :wink:

How much your silk cheongsam cost?

They are my mother's, made about 25 yrs ago and saved up for me! I didn't know that she had kept them all these years, but she just passed them to me as I am now about the age she was when she had them made. I think they cost about $200 each then!

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby Mawar » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:17 am

slmkhoo wrote:
limlim wrote:Camp here for info.. :wink:

How much your silk cheongsam cost?

They are my mother's, made about 25 yrs ago and saved up for me! I didn't know that she had kept them all these years, but she just passed them to me as I am now about the age she was when she had them made. I think they cost about $200 each then!


Priceless. Alter only if you want to wear them. Else pass them down to your daughters.

I have a few pieces of jewelry from my mom and from my grandma. They are too ornate and chunky for my liking. For the longest time, I had the intention to reset the stones or trade in the gold. I am glad I didn't.

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby slmkhoo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:41 am

Mawar wrote:
slmkhoo wrote:
limlim wrote:Camp here for info.. :wink:

How much your silk cheongsam cost?

They are my mother's, made about 25 yrs ago and saved up for me! I didn't know that she had kept them all these years, but she just passed them to me as I am now about the age she was when she had them made. I think they cost about $200 each then!


Priceless. Alter only if you want to wear them. Else pass them down to your daughters.

I have a few pieces of jewelry from my mom and from my grandma. They are too ornate and chunky for my liking. For the longest time, I had the intention to reset the stones or trade in the gold. I am glad I didn't.

I am planning to wear them, or at least a couple of them. I'll get a couple altered first, and see.

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby mummyv » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:16 pm

the cheongsams are priceless wow.
While I have never used alteration services (er mine are elastic to fit my expansion), this story stuck. Feel free to check them out.
http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/shop/se ... use-123144
http://www.alteration.com.sg

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby Nebbermind » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:52 pm

Does the thread become 'weak' over time...cheongsam can be quite fitting...risk bi cha if thread not as strong after 25 yrs!

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby slmkhoo » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:11 am

mummyv wrote:the cheongsams are priceless wow.
While I have never used alteration services (er mine are elastic to fit my expansion), this story stuck. Feel free to check them out.
http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/shop/se ... use-123144
http://www.alteration.com.sg

I am a bit concerned that their prices will include paying for their expensive rents! I am hoping to find some more 'neighbourhood' but experienced tailors in the west. Anyone tried those in Queensway Shopping Centre or Holland Village for eg?

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby slmkhoo » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:12 am

Nebbermind wrote:Does the thread become 'weak' over time...cheongsam can be quite fitting...risk bi cha if thread not as strong after 25 yrs!

I think 25 yrs is OK for items that haven't had a lot of wear and tear. And they were good quality to start with, so presumably the thread was also good quality (I hope).

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Re: Recommendation of tailor for dress alterations?

Postby lilfeets » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:50 pm

I would suggest Clancy at Far East in Orchard Road. Branded boutique send their clients there for alterations. They are not cheap but the quality of work is unsurpassed.

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