Post # 1
My FMIL bought me a qipao to wear to our taiwan reception in december, but it’s a little too big. Does anyone know where I can get it altered in los angeles? Can i just take it to any alterations place or should i take it to someone who specializes in qipaos?
Post # 3
I haven’t ordered a qipao yet but I’ve gotten a lot of recs for Helen Bi. She’s located on the wedding street in Temple City at 9417 Las Tunas Drive. Her phone number is 626-287-6239. If you just want alterations there are a lot of reviews for Janet Brunton and Mahtab on http://www.projectwedding.com and the knot. They are both in OC. HTH
Post # 4
I’m not sure what a qipao is, but when I was looking for a seamstress, I found two places that only work on (I believe Korean?) dresses:
Kim Mihee Dress Shop
Hope this helps….
Post # 5
I can’t help you in the LA area but I would say a SKILLED tailor can do it. I had mine altered by someone who was very skilled but not one who had any experience with a qipao. Basically, what happens is, my waist and hips definitely needed to be taken in. But after that is done, so does the back and neck need to be taken in. And after that the shoulders need to be raised and the sleeves (although were cap sleeves) had to be picked up as well. It’s one of those dresses that can’t be altered in just one area since it’s a whole piece. Just so you know. This is what to look out for when you’re being pinned.
Post # 6
Thank you! Dimsumbride, I will check out those places that your recommend… and mrs. snowpea, I will definately make sure the tailor gets those points! Thanks for the tips. Hopefully I will be able to get it done in time…
mlindsey, actually the qipao is the chinese dress… but i’m korean and i actually got my hanbok from Kim MiHee. If you need to get a hanbok, I totally recommend her. She’s really good. She picks great colors out for you.