Update: Anders has lost 25 pounds! He just weighed himself. I stand corrected and I stand jealously.
I had been to the “small” fabric market before with my friend D but didn’t buy anything. I had no tailor and no reason to get fabric. Well D found an outstanding tailor and is having a Tailoring Party Friday night. Yes, it’s just like a Tupperware party. It should be very interesting and we’re looking forward to it. He specializes in men’s pants and since Anders has lost 20 pounds his clothes are hanging on him too. He’s embarrassed at how bad his clothes look. You can get away with shirts but there’s no amount of pulling in the waist with a belt that makes baggy pants look right. Because we’re going to the party this week we needed fabric.
D also found a tailor at the fabric market that makes custom dress shirts for both men and women so she came along with Anders and me to introduce us and help with the process. It was a lot of fun. This particular tailor doesn’t copy clothing you bring in. He has a catalog of styles that he makes and they are beautiful. D had some dress shirts made for her husband’s boss and she showed the finished product to us. They were impeccable. The stripes on the shoulders even match perfectly.
After much discussion and fabric sampling Anders and I each ordered 2 shirts. The nice thing is that we both chose contrasting fabrics for collars, plackets, and cuffs. That’s what you get when you have a tailor, anything you want! The tailor and his wife were very nice. They hardly spoke English but we managed. His wife helped him as well and she offered up her opinion by times and she was spot on.
Two funny things happened when he was measuring me. At one point he was measuring from the top of my shoulder down the front of my chest and he needed the measurement at a, shall I say, delicate women’s area for where to place the darts. He had his wife look at it! I thought that was very respectful to both to me and more importantly to his wife. That impressed me. The second thing was a bit more out of character. He took my bust measurement (didn’t have a problem with that) and my waist measurement. After he wrote both of those down he said while giving Anders the thumbs up sign, “Tai tai very good.” Tai tai is wife in Mandarin. All 5 of us had a good chuckle over that but Anders seemed to puff his chest out a bit. Yep, that’s me dear your trophy wife. He was quiet, very professional ,and the man couldn’t even look at one of my measurements but he felt the need to comment on my measurements. He was quite the salesman after all. Let’s just say I was glad I’ve lost those 20 pounds. We pick up our shirts next week and like a kid at Christmas I can’t wait.
I also bought material for 4 shirts for $30 for the Friday night tailor with D’s help. Party tailor can copy anything and I can’t wait to see his work. D is really into having clothes made and loves going to the fabric markets. After my one experience yesterday I can see why. I’ve only seen pictures of D at the big market but it looks like Sam’s Club with walls and walls and stalls and stalls of fabric samples! I may not ever make it to that one, the word overwhelming comes to mind 😉
No more time and temp. Thermometer doesn’t work. I can tell you that it’s the first day that the A/C has been off and the windows open. It’s still about 80-some degrees but the humidity is gone. It feels like heaven here.