About Reweaving

Reweaving of Richmond specializes in the art of garment repair. Each artisan has a minimum of 20 years of experience.

This is not “mending” in which the edges of a tear are stitched together to minimize the damage, there are two types of reweaving.

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. It sounds simple. Like tying your own flies for fishing… . French reweaving almost always results in a near invisible repair.

Overweaving or “inweaving” is done by means of a small patch, taken 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 a far cry from traditional mending methods.

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.

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 the address listed on the sidebar. We also ship, if you’re out of town send us the garment.

41 Responses to About Reweaving

  1. Cliff Echard says:

    I have a cashmere topcoat with several defects that appear to be caused by moth damage. They are on the lapel and shoulders. Can you repair this material?

    • Larry says:

      Yes, if you could send a photo or give the studio a call and ask for Lisa or Larry, they can explain it all to you and give you an idea of what’s involved. Thanks for your patience.

      In Richmond you may drop off your damaged clothing at George’s Alteration Shop 1344 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23233. We also ship, if you’re out of town send us the garment.

      Contact Us
      larry@levinerwood.com Larry: 804.928.7946

  2. James says:

    I have a wool sweater with approximately four small moth holes. Would this be something you could fix?

    • Larry says:

      Hi James, sorry for the late response, You got caught up in the filter. Yes, we repair moth damage to sweaters. Give me a call and I’ll let you know how it works,

  3. gayle lienemann says:

    I have a plain (no pattern) cashmere and wool sweater with one small moth hole right in the front. I can send you a picture if that would help. I would like to get it repaired.
    I think I have the extra yarn for it. I always keep the buttons and yarn that come with the clothing when I purchase them. I think I have the right yarn. Could you let me know what you think about the repair? Thanks much!

    • Larry says:

      Hi Gayle, sure, I’d be happy to. There is a form at the right of the blog that you can download and fill in, or use the link at the top right of the sidebar and email me the photo. Thanks,

  4. David Gilbert says:

    I live in williamsburg and have two jackets in need of repair. Are you open on Saturdays? If not, may I ship my items to you? Thank you.

  5. Larry says:

    Hi David, If you call ahead, we can arrange a time. Or you may, of course ship. Sorry for the late response.

  6. Allen Martin says:

    I have a super fine tan colored garment that has a tear similar to the garment on your website. I want to know what type of weaving this kind of repair requires because on your website you spoke of two kinds. Also, what will be the cost?

    Allen Martin

    • Larry says:

      Hi Mr. Martin,
      It depends on the size of the tear. I imagine that that might require overweaving as opposed to inweaving. Please call the studio or send me a private message using the links on the sidebar and we’ll be able to give you a better idea. We’ll have to see the garment to give a fixed price, but most reweaving starts at about $65.

  7. Ed Pittman says:

    I’m in Richmond. Where can I leave a coat?

  8. Edward says:

    i am in virginia. do you pick up from home?

  9. Oscar Lee says:

    I would like to have the Top front handkerchief pocket, On a Wool Suit jacket, Look like it was never there… Can I have the top of the Pocket weaved Close?

    • Larry says:

      Hello Oscar,

      There would still be a welt across the top of the pocket. Removing that, you may have a shot at it, but it would depend on the fabric. Solids can show work easier than patterns. Call up and send through a photo and we can figure it out from there.

  10. I have an old tattersall jacket of originally very good quality Scotch plaid [Brooks, the old Brooks].

    It has a worn area along the edge of the left side of the closure, near the buttons, perhaps three or four inches long and perhaps a quarter or an inch or more wide. No wear at the cuffs, etc. There is a tear on the inside silk lining but not important.

    Thoughts? I am down in Gloucester.

    My landline is 804-210-1222.

    • Larry says:

      Hello Mr. Sanders. That sounds like seatbelt damage. If it’s the same as other jackets we’ve seen with that kind of wear, there isn’t much we can do about it. Would you send through a snapshot please?

  11. Oscar Ward says:

    Have a plaid cashmere jacket with a
    1/8 x 1/4 inch hole. What would you
    Recommend? Approximate cost?

    • Larry says:

      Hi Oscar,
      We’d have to see it to let you know. Reweaving starts at about $65 and goes up according to the damage. Our reweavers will also let you know how visible the repairs will be, if at all. Download the pdf, fill it out and send us the jacket. We’ll be happy to take a look.

  12. james says:

    Hi, I have a wool jacket of which has about 10 moth damage holes. I was wondering if this could be fixed and an approximate cost.

    Cheers James

    • Larry says:

      James, I’m sure that it can be repaired. I’d have to see it to let you know how visible the repairs might be and an approximate cost.

  13. Donna Kellum says:

    I may have one of the more difficult repairs. I have a cashmere black knit cape that has several moth holes. What do you suggest? I could never find the fabric content and didn’t think it was cashmere. But, I know moths love cashmere.
    Should I just bring it and someone give me ideas?
    Thank you.

  14. Ana says:

    I have a dress with 2 very small little holes I suspect to be moth. Would you be able to repair it? I can send you photos.

  15. Larry says:

    Hi Ana, It’s always best to call and send photos. Thanks!

  16. william martin says:

    I have a suit with a rip in the pants an d jacket pocket can u weave I, also black pans with the same condition can u repair them

  17. Larry says:

    Hello Mr. Martin,
    It’s more a question of whether you’ll be able to see the work when we’re through. We’ve got to inspect the garment to give you a better idea. If you’ll call, I can explain things better to you.
    — Larry

  18. Robert Ball says:

    Maroon Cashmere Sweater with a moth hole front and center. I’ll ship the sweater to you today.

  19. Just checking to see if my jacket has been received yet? Have you looked at the damages?

  20. Robert Titus says:

    I have a Pendleton shirt with several small moth holes \. Do you do repairs to Pendleton shirts?

  21. Gloria Miller says:

    I just want to highly recommend Reweaving of Richmond! Last fall, I sent them 7 sweaters that needed all states of repair. They were returned in perfect condition! They saved 7 cashmere sweaters, for less than I could buy one! Mine were all solids of varying colors, but I cannot see the where the holes were in a single one of them!
    Thanks to Larry and his team!

  22. Kevin Fox says:

    Hi Larry,
    I hope that all is well. I have a couple of blazers that are two button but I would like to make one button. Can the reweaving work with closing the bottom button hole?

  23. Larry Jackson says:

    I live in the Maryland area, and have a rip in a pair of wool suit pants ( 1 1/2-2 inches)
    I love the suit and want to see if you repair my garment. I have taken it to several local
    Cleansers, and they said I need a reweaver.

  24. beth toone says:

    I have a pair of men’s trousers that have a two inch “L” shaped tear and would like them repaired. Please contact me as I would like to bring them to you and get an estimate.

    • Larry says:

      Glad to help! I would need to see your garment and the damage to give you a price. You can bring to our studio on 2012 monument, or drop to our drop off locations on the west end or short pump. Which is more convenient for you?

      We appreciate your inquiry.
      Larry Wood

  25. Robbie Crockett says:

    Are there set hours to drop off on Monument Avenue? I stopped by this afternoon and rang and knocked but there was no answer.

  26. Rebekah White says:

    Do you by chance offer a discount for bulk cashmere sweaters that each have a couple of holes??? I assume not, but worth asking before I sell them all for craft supplies on eBay…

    • Larry says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      Because of the incredible amount of handwork involved in the process (none of this is done by machine), I’m afraid we cannot offer a bulk discount. Thanks for checking in though.

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