Recently, we received a great question from one of our readers about repairing his suit: “I have a beautiful Canali suit that has suffered minor damage. The local tailor/cleaner said he’d just patch it (cut a small block, stitch the same fabric, kind of like patching drywall…) It will be slightly noticable, but will work. That doesn’t work for me and I started to look for a reweaver, but they don’t seem to exist anymore. Any suggestions in NYC area? Did this art vanish due to throw-away culture?”
First, for those that don’t know, “Reweaving is the process of restoring damage in woven garments. There is no reweaving machine! All work must be done by hand with special needles, one thread at a time. A state-of-the-art microscope allows Phyllis Brown, our reweaver, to view the threads close-up and repair finely woven fabrics.” This definition was derived from Reweave.com which, incidentally, also offers reweaving services.
When considering repair of clothing, the two important questions are:
1) How big is the damaged area
2) Where is the damage located?
If the damaged area is small or if the damaged area is close to a seem, then weaving/re-weaving is definitely an option. If this is not the case, weaving would be difficult. The whole weaving model of fixing suits has become scarce as of late. For example, there was a time in Montreal (Canada) that some tailors used Nuns at Convents to do this kind of work during their spare time. In return for their services, tailors would make donations.
It is a fact that reweavers have definitely declined in population – although, there are still a few left. Here is an intersting article about a reweaver in NY that gets business from all over the US: http://www.nysun.com/on-the-town/reweaver-spins-his-yarns/9832/
Some research also pointed us to an interesting company that helps you repair damages on your clothing. We’ve never tried it out at SuitUpp, but it might be worth a look.
http://www.withoutatrace.com/ – Just Send your suit by mail and they’ll fix it up and send it back.