Getting a Down Jacket made by a Tailor

I love that you can get a custom made goose feather down jacket made by a tailor in Chengdu and it is actually cheaper than buying one on ladies street.

The first thing we did was make a trip to the fabric market to see the many colors available for a jacket.  I have to be honest this process is very overwelming because the market is just too big and cumbersome.

Once we found the right fabric we rode our bikes to the tailor with our fabric in hand.

Now I’m really glad I came with a friend that speaks Chinese because the tailor asked me a lot of questions like what style I preferred, if I wanted my jacket blinged out or not, length of coat, hood or collar, and then he took my measurements and drew it all out on this paper.

This is the box of feathers that the workers weigh each part of the jacket and then they use a yard stick to distribute the feathers evenly in the jacket.  It’s all very fascinating.


Just one week later I pick up 4 coats I had made for 1000rmb ($158) using my own fabric I got at the fabric market but if I did it again I would just use the tailor’s fabric and pay a little more because I thought he had a pretty good selection and some fabrics were the same anyhow.

The purple one is Mckaela’s, blue one is Olivia’s, and the leather down is all mine!  The 4th coat is hanging in the closet in the United States just waiting for me to return to wear it.  Something to look forward to anyway.

On that note; Greg was on a bike ride the other day when he saw what he thought looked like a human head floating in the river so he did a double take and saw that it was in deed a human head floating in the water with hair and he could tell it was caucasian so he got a little closer to investigate and that is when he saw it was a head alright but just a mannequin head.  Wheew that was a close one.  Now I can’t look at a mannequin anymore without being reminded of Greg’s bike ride.


4 Comments on “Getting a Down Jacket made by a Tailor”

  1. Those coats look nice. That’s pretty cool that you can commission something like that to be done – in one week too!

  2. Kathy Muir says:

    Charae, If I ever got to go anywhere, I would want you buy my side. You make everything a special event. I love your China Chatter. You are awesome!

  3. Tony B says:

    Are made in china down jackets good quality? I would love to have my own style of down jacket made..Thanks.

    • chinachatter says:

      Yes. I had such a great experience I had a down vest made this year. I used a different tailor and still had a good experience. It is my warmest coat I love it. Good luck~

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