Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market
On my January trip to Shanghai, I stopped off to get some clothes made in the Shanghai South Bund fabric market (inspired by Miss Celia's Pants). Unfortunately I can't find the photographs I took of the market - what an interesting place! I happily lost myself there for a few hours and even wandered down the back alleys behind the market. I ended up buying some lovely fabric and buttons.
Unfortunately my clothes weren't all as great as expected. I got a Chinese style silk dress but it really doesn't fit me - I don't think they were able to handle making dresses for large breasts! I'll give stall no. 189 and Bowang Dressmakers a miss the next time.
The second set of clothes - two pairs of trousers made from a pair I owed - also didn't work out. The fabric for the two pairs that turned up at my hotel (unfortunately while I was out exploring) didn't match my fabric choices in the shop (a lot cheaper and much shiner!). Definitely going to give stall No. 304, Julie or Tong Xiao Feng a massive miss - really unimpressed!
However I couldn't be happier with my final dress. They made an exact replica of a black linen dress with black cotton lining. Great work and definitely worth a revisit if I'm passing through Shanghai again - I would definitely recommend stall no. 306 under Ji Guo Xing and Ji Hai Nan.