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Ao Dai Measurements and Alterations

17 May

As I wrote previously it was difficult to find a business or individual in Northern Virginia who would take measurements for my Dam Hoi (Engagement Ceremony) Ao Dai (long dress) without getting the actual dress made there as well. As a result, we took our own measurements and sent over to the shop who would be making my dress.

I guess I never followed up with you guys, but they wouldn’t accept our measurements and conversion from US to metric. My next step was to go to one of the shops who said they “didn’t know how to take ao dai measurements” – yet they all MADE the dresses for people I know – and have them make me a basic, cheap ao dai to wear for any occasion and get the measurements.

Fortunately a seamstress my sister in law knows at Eden Center had just returned from Vietnam and said she would take my measurements. So off we went to Eden Center and found Phuong Alterations, which is just across the hallway from Nha Trang in the Saigon East section.

The woman didn’t speak English, so my sister in law showed her the dress style I wanted and she got started with the measurements. I have no idea what transpired, but after many measurements and decisions made we were finished in less than 10 minutes. I gave her $20 for the measurements and bought a box of mangoes. Because that’s what you do in Eden Center.

So the good news is that in less than a month my ao dai is FINISHED. It will be delivered to the States later this month by my sister in law’s relative who is coming to visit and I can’t wait to try it on!

If you’re in the Northern Virginia area and are planning your own Dam Hoi or attending a formal affair, definitely look them up.

Phuong Alterations
6757 Wilson Blvd
Saigon East. Unit 6
Falls Church, Virginia 22044
Phuong 703-203-5614
Thuy 571-344-0894

 

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