Originally Posted by Rekevalate
I'll drop by to see Minh next time I'm in Vietnam. Unfortunately, I chose Cao Minh this time round and not Dung due to time restrictions.
How did it come out? In my case they got the fit OK but made a terrible mistake in the way it came out - my wide pinstripe cloth really should not have been made in the style we chose, and I really think they should have warned me about that first (as opposed to saying "oh yes, agree, looks bad, but wide stripe cloth always like that with suit cut like that" on collection day). I do think they are the best of the tourist tailors, and do pretty decent work considering their 48 hour turnarounds, but no comparison to Dung.
Originally Posted by vinhle37
Anyways, is it still possible to get a suit tailored at Dung's shop if I purchase the fabric from them? I'm not looking for anything fancy. Just a navy suit for starters.
I gueeeeess. But it will be an act of blind faith, since you will be emailing them saying "Hi there Mr Dung, please pick your favorite navy to the price of $X per meter". I mean you cooooould. I dont think anyone here would recommend that, but I guess you would get away with it.
As far the fit, if it doesn't fit properly, I think I can just go to a local tailor and have them alter it a bit... I hope ....
What do you think?
I think you are underestimating how difficult it is to measure yourself. Dung has no self measurement forms, so you will basically have to pilfer those from some other website and hope he can read them. Then you have to get the measurements right. Hell there are tailors who have been in business for decades and still havent mastered the art of measurement, and you are going to trust your mother to do it. Risky. The tailor will likely take around 30 measurements from various parts of your body and has very specific points at which he measures from (which may not be the same points that your sheet from some-other-tailor's website relies on). It's tricky. I wouldnt want to do it.... Note that the local tailor's tweakage will probably cost you more than the whole suit from Dung. Others will be able to give you a better idea of actual costs, but let's say you want him to take up the leg of the pant, sleeve of the jacket, and the waist - all very minor tweaks. You are up for $100 in tweakage on a suit where you paid the guy who made it $70. Just out of curiousity, are there Viet Kieu tailors in your area? What do they charge in tailoring costs? You may do well to order your cloth from Howard on eBay (very very cheap) and take it to some local tailor in your nearest Little Saigon and get him to do it. May end up with a better product at a comparable price, plus all your measurements will be in tact and tweakage included. Just a thought.
Also Matt, have you ever ordered shirts from Jantzen? I have no clue what style collar and cuff to get... Thanks!
Ive done my Jantzening instore. Start another thread or search the archives, a LOT on here about Jantzen. But for reference I normally get a French cuff with a slight cutaway in the corners. Spread collar. No idea what that is called on the site, since I did it in store while I was in HK. I like it, but everyone different.