12.01.2009 - 23.01.2009 -1 °C
I found a tailor. They are no different to the tailors in Thailand or Vietnam. They make clothes with no pattern. I can't sew a button so I find this quite extraordinary.
The tailor is in a little. The shop is filled with lots of fabric depending on the season.
How does it work?
Firstly you find the design you want. You can bring a picture from a magazine, draw it yourself or take an exiting item to be copied. You then select your fabric and then negotiate the price. There is some room for bartering, but it is so cheap I accept the price.
Then the tailor gets out her tape measure and measures you. This is written down. The price is settled and a deposit is requested. I normally pay in full, however on one occasion I didn't have enough money with me so I paid what I had on me and the rest would be paid on collection. Normally they request 50% of the cost as a deposit.
It normally takes a week. A receipt with details of the order, collection date and the deposit paid is provided.
When you return the garment is usually hanging from a rack dangling from the ceiling - and with a hook it is located. It's placed in a bag and off your go with your new item/s to add to the wardrobe.
Mostly I have been satisfied, however, I've had to go back for further alterations on some items.
I have only used the one tailor in Tai'an. After my first order I took another teacher with me who ordered some items. Another teacher arrived and I have also taken her to the same tailor. I should be on commission!!
I have at one time purchased corduroy and taken the material to the tailor to have a pair of pants made. I would like to have another suit made before I go home. Time is quickly running out!