When I lived in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal in West Africa, I used a tailor to make some clothes because there were not many places I could go shopping for my clothes. I always found it a lot of work as you have to have a couple of fittings until the clothes fit well.
I hesitated to have a tailor make a dress for a formal ball that my husband and I went at the end of November in 2011. I ordered a dress online which came on time. I, however, ended up ordering a tailor-made dress within a short period of time as the dress (for some reason, I decided to buy a regular dress as opposed to maternity dress) I purchased did not fit me because my belly grew a lot due to pregnancy. The zipper simply did not go up around my chest.
Having no other choices, I quickly went to Pasar Mayestik, a textile market in Jakarta, and bought 5 meters of chiffon fabric. I went to a store called IKO BANA. There are two stores that are called Iko Bana in Mayestik. One is a craft store and the other one which I went is a store for textiles only. My blogger friend, the Diplomatic Wife, took me to IKO BANA once, and I liked it. Toko IKO BANA has very reasonable prices. The store always have many locals shopping which to me is a very good sign.
Then I called my girl friend’s tailor whom she highly recommended. It was a gamble to me because I have never had this tailor make anything for me in the past and the first time I asked her to come was for her to make a ball gown for me. I didn’t have any other options since I’m pregnant and I can’t just go out and buy a formal dress.
Jump to the conclusion, I am satisfied with the result. It was worth the three hectic fittings and rushing to get it done within the time restriction of a bit shorter than two weeks. I designed the dress myself. I saw a couple of dresses in magazines that inspired me and I wanted something simple, so voila. I was 27 weeks pregnant when I took these photos.
Jl. Tebah III
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Perum Jatibening Permai
Jl. Melati No. 6 Blok A – 114
Kalimalang – Bekasi 17412
Click here for the photos of Aziroo products I took at a British Women’s Association’s Christmas bazaar in 2010.