Vietnamese shirtmaking....

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  1. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    Aren't there Vietnamese who speak French?
     


  2. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    not really.

    something like 70 percent of the population of Vietnam is under 32. The French were kicked out in 1954.

    From time to time in Hanoi you come across old people speaking French, but among this generation of Vietnamese, very few.
     


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    dusty Senior member

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    I'd definitely do it if I could send measurements instead of an actual shirt. Not that I don't want to send a shirt - I just don't like the way any of my shirts fit me. All are OTR, so all have droopy armholes and billowy waists, including the "slim fit" ones.
     


  4. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    does anybody have a generic shirt pattern we could usurp?

    maybe can avoid the shipping shirts thing if we have some kind of image to work from where you guys take measurements (from your own shirts, not from your bodies) and put them on to some pattern.

    I guess we would need neck, length, sleeve, shoulder, and say three width measurements down the body.

    Then also need choice of (say) 3-4 collars and 2-3 cuffs.

    I dont know, all speculatory....thoughts?
     


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    Sounds good, but it may take more measurements than that. I'm thinking wrist and armhole size, just so we won't have to have batwings flapping under our arms. Maybe pleat options too (box, side, or none).
     


  6. Fritz

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    Matt,
    which pattern did the tailor use for your shirts? Did you give him shirts to copy or did he measure you? If he measured you, we should just have someone else take the measurements that he has taken and then he can make the pattern himself.
     


  7. Matt

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    he just measured me. i doubt he even made a pattern, VNese tailors rarely do, they just measure u and draw it on the cloth.

    In Vietnam cutting corners is an artform.

    As for all the pleating options etc - forget it. Way too hard to translate to him - if you want that stuff, send me a shirt and Ill tell him to copy it, but on paper, cant do it.
     


  8. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    if we are nearly happy with how the first shirt turns out, could we expect to have minor alterations to the pattern before we order a run of 10?

    how do you plan to handle the potential administrative nightmare you are about to undertake? this would take a fairly organized person to execute effectively. keeping everyone's measurements and requests and payments in order would take some prior planning. should you perhaps considering charging an additional couple bucks to hire some part time help?

    and for this amount of money, i would try it, but only if i could do it without shipping a shirt (im not happy enough with any of mine to consider one a perfect template). i could take numerous measurements from a shirt that is close to perfect, and then send those numbers along with some thoughts on where the shirt fails to fit in hopes of getting something better.

    good luck
     


  9. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I think it would be much better if you took your shirt to a tailor here and had it altered to fit correctly, and then sent it. Measurements are not going to translate.

    [email protected], I'm interested in this venture. It's something I had thought of doing a few years back when my uncle went to Vietnam and told me about the cheap tailoring there. You say you have someone there who is going to be running this deal, maybe you should have her(?) sign up on the forum and discuss it?
     


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    I'd be interested too if there are fabrics I like.
     


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    Can anyone find out what the shipping would cost? Both ways?

    Great idea, and very generous of you [email protected]
     


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    (briancl @ July 05 2005,18:35) and for this amount of money, i would try it, but only if i could do it without shipping a shirt (im not happy enough with any of mine to consider one a perfect template). i could take numerous measurements from a shirt that is close to perfect, and then send those numbers along with some thoughts on where the shirt fails to fit in hopes of getting something better. good luck
    I think it would be much better if you took your shirt to a tailor here and had it altered to fit correctly, and then sent it. Measurements are not going to translate.
    this got me thinking.. and what i should do is get a shirt made locally from a reputable custom shirt maker.. so i know it will be perfect, and use that as my template for my custom shirt adventures. i have such a terrible time with fitment of shirts that its worth the money.
     


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    Bump.
     


  14. Matt

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    Bump.
    *shudder* there is another AAAC/SFer about to have a Dung-made suit, will leave it to him to post his mail-order results
     


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    Sounds like a wonderful thing you are doing, both for us and for them. I am definitely in and the terms and conditions are fine by me.
     


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