I went to a few tailors and they basically laughed me out of the shop. So I looked into invisible weaving.
Invisible weaving is a process in which a piece of fabric is taken and it's re-attached on top of the tear. Each strand needs to be attached individually to other strands on the jacket so that it attaches seamlessly. It's highly labor-intensive, and accordingly, very expensive.
I went to one in my city. I was quoted $350 to repair the jacket. I really didn't want to pay that, as the cost of the jacket + alterations was only a little higher, so I shopped around online.
I found Fabric Reweavers USA, saw some good mentions online, gave them a call and got a quote for a MUCH lower price - $145 including return shipping.
I got the jacket back today - here's the sleeve:
To me, this is an unbelievable result. I'm actually looking forward to screwing up my next jacket
I posted this thread because on the phone the owners talked as if they could use more business. I see this as an extremely valuable and well-priced service, so I wanted to make SF aware.
Edited by Chaos_Cow - 10/4/13 at 6:53am