Find a good tailor.
I used to take the view that if a piece of clothing ripped, I would get rid of it and buy another piece to replace it. Now, I try and save it if I can. I don’t have sewing skills like my mother and grandmother, so if it’s too complicated I take it to a tailor.
When I took out my peacoat out this year, I realized there was a huge hole in one of the armpits. No one would have been able to tell from the outside, but I didn’t want to leave it so long that it would get any bigger. It cost me $30 for the tailor to fix it, but that’s better than buying a whole new coat.
Cost: Hard to calculate the cost of having a good tailor. I would get recommendations in your area before spending money trying out different businesses. Also, look for discounts. My tailor gives a small discount if you pay in cash.
Here’s the after picture because, of course, I forgot to take a before picture.
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