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Nov 9, 2019
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Hi folks!

As someone who enjoy collecting vintage clothing both for its novelty and thrift, I often find myself facing a question about what repairs I’m willing to make/live with to save/refurbish a piece I love—especially in regard to tailoring. For instance, a fantastic suit find has a moth hole in the sleeve or a trusty blazer rips in a place that can’t easily be invisibly fixed.

This question could also extend to those of us who would rather not discard a quality piece of clothing for sustainability reasons. It can feel pretty wasteful.

I do understand the two standard options — the glue-type patch and reweaving. But for many repairs, the glue-patch doesn’t look great, nor does it hold up over time. And reweaving is so expensive (and it takes so long) that I, when it comes down to it, might only use it to save the finest of fine garments.

Has anyone explored interesting/creative ways to patch tailoring? Something like wabi-sabi for suits? Would you recommend a tailor (NYC) who's open to it?

I have of course seen many examples of cool patching for denim, but I guess I’m imaging something a bit more polite. (And wool probably requires a different approach). In other words, not hobo-chic (pardon the slur) but something that addresses and acknowledges the imperfection while maintaining a bit of grace.

I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts! This is my first post, after much lurking. Hello everyone!

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