(Image via University of Kentucky)
In these economic times™, and frankly in all situations, it makes sense to safeguard your wisely chosen (and especially custom made) clothing. But, as the Marines will tell you, “The enemy has a say in every plan. You just don’t know what it is.”
Our grandparents walked around reeking of camphor mothballs to keep the enemy at bay. That practice has fallen by the wayside. Good for decorum, not so much for your wardrobe. There is nothing so maddening as pulling out a seasonal suit and discovering a neat little hole in a very visible place.
But that doesn’t mean that your clothing has to be thrown on the donation pile.
Which is why we at Leviner Wood gaze in awe and wonder at the skill of Reweaving of Richmond.
Need more proof? Behold the wonders of the French reweave† and the over-weave.*
As much as we’d love to sell you a brand new suit, we recommend our reweaving services unreservedly.
The level of detectability (and, naturally, the price), are impacted by a lot of variables. The reweaver must consider the color, finish and pattern of the cloth, the extent of the damage and the amount of excess fabric needed to fashion patches, just to name a few. Glen plaids, stripes, worsteds, flannels, tweeds are all fixable. Black cloth, incidentally, is the most difficult to work with. (Another case for ordering your next tuxedo in midnight blue.)
In normal cases, you may expect your repaired garment to be returned to you in two weeks. The minimum pricing for repair is usually $59 for wools and wovens, $30 for sweaters.
In Richmond you may drop off your damaged clothing at George’s Alteration Shop 1344 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23233 or here at Leviner Wood. We also ship, if you’re out of town send us the garment. Our address in on the sidebar.
† French or “invisible” reweaving is best for tears and holes up to 1/8″ in diameter, no larger. Using this method, individual threads are replaced and are woven back into the garment. French reweaving almost always results in a near invisible repair.
* Overweaving or “inweaving” is done with a small patch, made from a hidden part of the garment (an inside seam for instance), being woven into the garment — thread by thread — to reduce the visibility of the damage. Still, the results are far less visible than traditional mending/sewing methods.