Tailors

Hari Raya Puasa is round the corner. And one of the usual practice on this special occasion, is for Muslims to visit their families and friends dressed in new clothes and to share lots of festive goodies. Many planned for this special occasion months before, and for most tailors, this is one of the busiest period of the year. Most tailors have already stopped taking new dressmaking orders three months before the end of Ramadan. So if you’re thinking of tailoring new sets of baju for the joyous occasion, you better hurry. You need to be really lucky to find a tailor who is still available for new orders or be prepared to pay a premium for it.

These are the few tailors that I’ve gone to for either alteration or dressmaking. But am not sure if they are still open for new orders.

Vie-Nie Design
Location: Batu Bersurat.
Contact details: Alice Foo – 887 7891
Alteration/dressmaking price range: B$20 for a top. B$40 for short dresses. B$120 odd for kebaya set. Materials not included.
Lead time: Dressmaking – usually around 3 weeks to a month.
Experience: Tailored a short chiffon dress here. There isn’t much catalogs for dress ideas at most tailors, so better to do your own research online, print out as much details as possible and bring it along with your materials to the tailor. I printed four different views – front, back, side and collar details. And still, the dress didn’t turn out the way it should be. The cutting was off, it was too flair and the cap sleeves were very badly done. Am not sure if the photos were not detailed enough, or if the tailor and i just couldn’t visualise the dress the same way. But at least, they were nice and patient enough to alter it there and then till they get a satisfied customer. I salute them for their patience.

A friend of mine went to them to tailor a cheongsam months back and it turned out well. And they seem to have a good reputation when i asked around. So my ‘not so good’ experience with them might be just a one-off. I might take the chance to try them out for the second time.

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Vie Nie Design Dressmaking and Embroidery - Batu Bersurat

Vie Nie Design Dressmaking and Embroidery – Batu Bersurat


Syahdina Boutique and Tailoring

Location: Jalan Aman Complex
Contact details: Looney – 2344378
Alteration/dressmaking price range: Alteration for length B$3-6, Sleeves B$2-4. B$40-50 for short dresses. B$15 for a long skirt. Materials not included.
Lead time: Few days to 2 weeks, depending on their load.
Experience: Altered a rather complicated dress with lots of ruffles on the shoulders and front. Was quite worried about the quality of the final outcome as the dress is brand new and the areas to be altered needed a pair of very skilled hands. When it was finally done, i was impressed! I can’t tell from the seams that it has been altered at all. It was ‘Looney’ then on 🙂

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Syahdina Boutique and Tailoring - Jalan Aman Complex

Syahdina Boutique and Tailoring – Jalan Aman Complex

 

Lauren Boutique
Location: No.16&17, Ground Floor, Kiulap.
Contact details: Agnes – 888 4823
Alteration/dressmaking price range: Alteration for cheongsam collar, B$15.
Lead time: Few days to 2 weeks, depending on their load.
Experience: Went to another tailor before Lauren, but they were not confident enough to alter a cheongsam with corded collar seam, plus the soft stretchy material makes it even more challenging. B$15 seems a little on the high side for alteration here in Brunei, but it really wasn’t an easy job for this particular piece. And the outcome… fantastic! Thumbs up for them.

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Yen Dressmaking
Location: No.10, Ground Floor, Kiulap.
Contact details: Yen/Lydia – 223 7246
Alteration/dressmaking price range: Alteration for length B$2-4, Sleeves B$2-4. B$50-60 for short dresses. Materials not included.
Lead time: At least a week.
Experience: Went to Yen Dressmaking for a simple alteration. Delivered on time. Yet to tailor any baju with them, so stay tuned.

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