reweave/repair

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  1. antirabbit

    antirabbit Senior member

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    I have a wonderful Chester Barrie suit that has a small hole in the chest. I love this suit and want to have it fixed. I live in Chicago (with out a trace), is this the route to go? How much is one 8th of an inch hole cost to fix? I have extra fabric. The other issue, is I have lost a fair amount of weight since wearing this, I was thinking of brining it to Despos here in chicago, how much would it cost to take in the belly, lenghten the sleeves, and have the repair done? Would it be better to get a new suit?
     
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    Reweaving should run $75.00 and up. If the fabric has a pattern, forget it and get a new suit. If the garment is a solid colore and you really love the suit, then go for it and the considerable alterations.

    Why do you need to lengthen the sleeves? Check with a tailor for the estimates on the alterations, anything else is opinion.
     
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    Reweaving should run $75.00 and up. If the fabric has a pattern, forget it and get a new suit.

    Can't speak for Chicago reweavers, but in Houston a solid reweaving job for a single hole will run you around $30. And a good reweaver can work with a pattern. In fact, I once had a hole repaired on the stripe of a pin striped suit and continue to wear the suit to this day.
     
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    Figure around $100 for the reweave, though it could be less. It's hard to guesstimate about alterations but figure another $100. BTW, it's interesting that you need to have your sleeves lengthened after a weight loss.[​IMG]
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I once had a small tear in a glen plaid jacket rewoven successfully. I don't think it's impossible to reweave patterns.
     
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    Can't speak for Chicago reweavers, but in Houston a solid reweaving job for a single hole will run you around $30. And a good reweaver can work with a pattern. In fact, I once had a hole repaired on the stripe of a pin striped suit and continue to wear the suit to this day.
    Glen Plaid - no way, same with a Tick-Weave suit trouser torn by the driver's seatback hinge on my previous company car (Taurus - I still will not take one as a rental). At $30.00 you got a great deal. I have to send mine to a lady in Chapel Hill, NC that does these on contract with a local dry-cleaners.
     
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    I had a glen plaid suit reweave at one time. There was a tear in the seat of the pants. Fortunately, the store gave me some leftover fabric from the alternations. Here is a photo of the area that was reweaved.

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    Max
     
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    Carey Senior member

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    I had a glen plaid suit reweave at one time. There was a tear in the seat of the pants. Fortunately, the store gave me some leftover fabric from the alternations. Here is a photo of the area that was reweaved. [​IMG] Max
    I stand corrected. Those reweavers who say it can't be done, are really saying it won't be done by them -- lazy asses.
     
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    I had a glen plaid suit reweave at one time. There was a tear in the seat of the pants. Fortunately, the store gave me some leftover fabric from the alternations. Here is a photo of the area that was reweaved.

    [​IMG]

    Max



    [​IMG] where is the reweave . . . nice work!
     
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    Here is an outline of the area that was reweave.

    [​IMG]

    Max
     
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    I stand corrected. Those reweavers who say it can't be done, are really saying it won't be done by them -- lazy asses.

    True. Though I prefer that to the alternative: "sure, we can do that, no problem," and then two weeks later, you get back something not fit for the Goodwill bin. A few years ago, I got a smallish rip in the seat of a pair of suitpants, and took it to a "reweaver" who said he could do the job. What I got back was a really bad patch and stitch job -- I had to just throw the suit away.
     
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    Here is an outline of the area that was reweave.

    [​IMG]

    Max


    [​IMG] Thanks. Poor delivery on my part perhaps; my question was rhetorical and I only meant to compliment the nice work
     
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    [​IMG] Thanks. Poor delivery on my part perhaps; my question was rhetorical and I only meant to compliment the nice work

    [​IMG] Sorry, it was not poor delivery, I knew it was rhetorical but it occurred to me that someone might be interested in the location.

    Max
     
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    [​IMG] Sorry, it was not poor delivery, I knew it was rhetorical but it occurred to me that someone might be interested in the location.

    Max


    Agreed. It really is nice work and I had to look very closely to spot it.
     
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    any recomendations of where? Besides with out a trace? The sleeves on the suit never fit, they had been altered and shortened, all the original fabric is there. I love this suit, it is a very light blue on charcol pinstripe. The pants fit perfect. Just the coat. I would love to have the hole repaired for $30-50, any ideas? Then I can spend more on tailoring.
     

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