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Have you ever had clothes or shoes made to measure?

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We used to travel to Hong Kong regularly (oh, a hundred years ago!), and yes, I have had clothes made to measure several times.
I also had some things made last time I was in Bali however didn't wear most of these when I got back.

I now work in an op shop so don't need to buy clothes as keep buying them even though I absolutely do not need ANY clothes.
by Finy
Yes I have.
My Mother was a dress maker and could draft patterns. So when I was young I would draw a design I wanted and she would make the pattern for me
After the pattern.was made I would make up the dress myself
I always had designer clothes. Thanks to the best
Mother in the world.
No, I have never had anything tailored. It don't think it is worth the expense, and it also takes the fun out of shopping.
Well, Bryony, I am surprised . . . I thought you would be one of my mob snd hate shopping. LOL
by Rice
I hate trying on (another reason why I wouldn't like getting a tailored outfit as you are forever getting measurements and fittings), and I don't like going out with the sole intention of searching for clothes, but if I am out, then I like a mooch along the rails. I wouldn't want to go into several clothes shops though - I would hate that. I like going into a department store and seeing everything at once, otherwise it's too much like hard work!
Shoes, yes, clothes, no. I wonder if I would want made to measure clothes if I was a millionaire . . . . ha! a millionaire wouldn't have to wonder, I suppose. Ah, first world problems and meanwhile children are still starving in Africa :(
by Rice
Clothes yes, shoes no. I have been a bridesmaid quite a few times for my friends. We would always get our bridesmaids dresses made, so we get the style and colour we want. Often the dresses we want just aren't available in shops, If it is your wedding, you want the dress you choose, not store bought. My wedding dress was hand made. Hubby's aunt is a professional dressmaker. I designed it and got just what I wanted. Wedding dresses cost thousands of dollars in the shops, but she made mine with beautiful, good quality material, for considerably less.
Not my wedding dress, Lluxi! I saw a lovely (real) silk mini dress hanging on a dummy in a shop window,in Sydney's Strand Arcade, in 1968, & asked if they could make if for me in white. They said they could. It had tiny covered buttons down the front, to the waist It was $50! I also had my shoes covered in white material, & hired a Spanish looking head dress. .
by Miro
Yes I had one Bridesmaid dress made back in 1975.
Plus uniforms, in 1998.
Sure is a big difference, if you go to a really good Tailor.
Yes. I had two suits and shirts made a few years ago. I loved them and they fitted perfectly.
by AJ
Years ago I had a wonderful dressmaker who made all my clothes as I described what I wanted, she had made by the following week. She was in an abusive relationship and did this to save enough to get out of it. I was sorry to lose her but pleased she was able to move on. My eldest daughter had to have her school shoes specially made as the shoe companies didn't manufacture school shoes in her size or width but luckily was able to find a small business reasonably local which used a mans last to make her shoes. I had a few pairs made for myself at one of the shoe parties doing the rounds, also many years ago.
helga, shoe parties? That is one I have never heard of!
by Finy
Hi Finy. Yes, these shoe parties were all the go many years ago. You chose the style, heel type, colour, straps, everything and the shoes were then made to your specifications. The pricing was good as I and others had abour 3 or 4 pairs each made at the time. I don't know what happened to these parties but they were enjoyable and so many different styles to try on as you decided what you wanted to be made.
by helga
The times we have gone to Singapore i have had slacks made for me. They fit like a glove (as long as I don't put weight on) and the quality of material is beautiful. They last for years and years.
I designed my wedding dress and had that made to measure! I also have had bridesmaid outfits made to measure a few times. This is not something I would like to do regularly, as I have other priorities for my spending!!!
I have had a couple of dresses made in my time, and I'm glad I did, I wouldn't mind having some more made, because there is definately times in the shops I can't find what I'd like, or the fitting or size is all wrong.
Yes, my Mother had a good friend who was a wonderful seamstress.
I'd tailor made clothes up until I was 23....my Wedding Dress.
I was going to Hong Kong for work, so I took some spare material, & had my Wedding Shoes, & little Handbag made there, to match Dress.

All was wonderful, & looked fabulous!

Have had very little tailor-made since then.
I had 2/3 pairs of slacks made for me in Bangkok in '02, while my other 1/2 had lots of shirts made for him self. While in India for a nephew's wedding, I had a pr of silk slacks made for my self, & an outfit for the 1st of the 3 weddings nights. (The other 2 outfits, in silk, I bought for home.)
by Miro
PS: I should have written at the end: from home, not... for home..of cause! I now hope that makes better sense!
by Miro
I've never had anythong custom made professionally but when we were young Mum made all our clothes to measure. Pretty much everybody did back then. Her generation were so frugal and resourceful compared to modern times.
Yes it was fun to ask for exactly what fabric and style I wanted when travelling in Thailand and Vietnam.

Closer to home, I've had a few lovely things made by Rummage Style. The lady who runs this home business has a few patterns she designed herself and a range of vintage fabrics to choose from. It's wonderful to have things tailored to be just right for you.

The only disadvantage is, you can't try it on to see if you like it before buying it.
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