Monday Mode ☆ Tailored Dress

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.

Pasar Mayestik
Jl. Tebah III
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan

Perum Jatibening Permai
Jl. Melati No. 6 Blok A – 114
Kalimalang – Bekasi 17412
Tel: 021-8477160
Click here for the photos of Aziroo products I took at a British Women’s Association’s Christmas bazaar in 2010.


  1. says

    Very pretty, Kaho! I like the color too! As you could see in my blog, I use the same color for my mom and my mom-in-law’s dresses for my wedding reception. Grey is unusual, but when you wear it the right way, it’s very elegant!

  2. says

    Beautiful! I agree that the end result was worth the extra time.
    My daughter wants a tailored prom dress as she is hard to fit, and I’m having a hard time finding someone where I am who does that (for a reasonable price).
    Happy New Year!

  3. says

    You look simply stunning Kaho! I hope you don’t mind me asking about the prices for the cloth and the tailor? Perhaps you can PM me? I’d love to know since I’ve been meaning to have something done, but I don’t like the uncertainty of going to someone that I don’t have any recommendations for. Super thanks!

    • says

      Sure!! The chiffon fabric was IDR 125,000, or somewhere around there and I bought 5 meters. It was something like IDR 25,000 per meter. Very cheap. Then the tailor got the lining fabric for me because the fabric I bought was not suitable for the formal dress. Including the lining and the tailoring, I paid IDR 650,000. This includes her using taxi to come see me as well. I thought that it was very reasonable. In the end the total was IDR 775,000 which is about US$80. I am very happy with it.

  4. Isabella Hardjono says

    HI Kaho! The dress is really stunning. I’m looking for a tailor for me as well. Can you share me the contact person for the tailor? Really appreciate it.


  1. […] My breast is small (sadly, but what can I do?), so I picked a dress based on my chest size. I should have measured myself before picking a size. Dugh?! Women who have gotten pregnant know that when they get pregnant, their lower rib cage expands on top of the change in their breast size. I underestimated the rib cage size change. I could not fit in it when I was pregnant and I had to make a ball gown in a rush. You can see it here. […]

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