Mending Mens Suits – 1943

Make do and mend. How to repair mens suits and how to extend the life of mens suits- the vintage way!

How to:
make shields
make wear guards
make knee retreads
make seat retreads

repair a worn collar roll
repair a frayed sleeve edge
repair worn elbows
reline sleeves
repair a worn coat edge
repair a lumpy coat hem
make underarm patches for a coat lining

repair worn trouser cufs
repair frayed pocket edges
replace inside pocket
do inside pocket repairs
repair worn trouser knees
reseat trousers

vest shield patch
vest panel patch

repair worn buttonholes
repair pulled out buttons
restore pin-stripes
reweave patches
repair a three corner tear
repair small holes

lengthen trousers
shorten trousers
let out or take in seat
let out too-short crotch

garment care
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Help Washington DC vintage shops

Remember that old high school wardrobe you sold to Meeps? The beat up Styx record that Joint Custody took off your hands? That copy of George Orwell’s “1984” you sold to Idle Time Books? Well, MPD wants to know about it.

On April 4, officials with the DC Office of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) raided a number of Adams Morgan and U Street-area businesses that sell vintage and used goods, threatening them with fines and closure for operating without a secondhand business license. This license is intended to regulate pawn shops, to safeguard against the selling of stolen goods.

The regulations would require shops like Meeps, Idle Time Books, GoodWood, and Miss Pixies — as well as all the record stores in town — to submit to MPD’s pawn unit a detailed list of goods acquired each time they make a purchase. Additionally, MPD wants the stores to hold items for 15 days for police inspection before they can be sold. These requirements introduce a regulatory load which helps no one and threatens the existence of the small businesses that make DC unique.

DC’s secondhand business regulations are outdated, unnecessarily burdensome, and overly broad. A lawyer working with DC’s small business community has proposed amendments to the regulations that would bring them up to date and carve out exemptions for the businesses described above.

Please add your name to this petition to request that the City Council pass emergency legislation that would provide 90 days of relief and time to establish a permanent exemption for businesses that sell used and vintage goods. It’s vital that this happen to re-establish a sense of trust between local government and the businesses that drive our local economy.

https://www.change.org/petitions/dc-city-council-stop-treating-record-stores-and-vintage-stores-like-pawn-shops