Sustainable Fashion: Revive Your Closet with Gibson’s Alterations

Did you know the average Canadian threw out 81 pounds of clothing last year? In fact, the fashion industry emits 1.7 billion tons of CO2 annually - more than the amount produced by international flights and shipping. Though we can’t put an end to fast fashion overnight, there are several ways we can make our wardrobes more sustainable. Aside from supporting sustainable brands and designers, we can also upcycle existing garments in our closets through tailoring and alterations. At Gibson’s, we’re lucky to have an alterations and tailoring department with over 60 years of experience. Our highly skilled team is familiar with hemming, adjustments, repairs, and tapering services. Here’s how altering and tailoring can make you re-fall in love with your wardrobe while doing your part for the environment.

Coat, Jacket, and Blazer Lining Replacements

There’s nothing worse than a blazer or coat with an itchy or shredded lining. Before tossing it, consider replacing the lining. A fresh lining will make a garment more comfortable and extend its wear. A lining replacement can also make a garment more fashionable. Turn heads by opting for a bold colour or unique pattern like zebra or cheetah print. Gibson’s alterations department is well versed in lining replacements for all garments including coats, skirts, blazers, and dresses.

Woman walking with blue blazer and black pants

Hemming

Revamp an old dress or pair of jeans by hemming them to a new length. Shorten a tired maxi dress to calf or thigh length - you can even use the remaining fabric as a belt! Gibson’s seamstress is able to hem and lengthen all types of garments.

Woman wearing black turtleneck and cropped jeans

Button and Zipper Replacements

When a zipper or button breaks, most garments find their way to the trash. Instead, consider a zipper repair or having the buttons replaced and reinforced. Coloured or embellished buttons and zippers are a fashionable way to update pieces in your closet. Gibson’s alterations department can replace buttons of any shape and size and can also make recommendations on zipper replacements and repairs.

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Tapering

Baggy and poor fitting clothes can make you look sloppy and unprofessional. Tapering is the process of taking in seams at specific areas to accentuate a garment's fit. Though tapering is most widely seen in suits, you can also experiment with tapering pants.

Blue Scissors

As winter approaches, it's time to take stock of your closet to determine what items could use alterations and tailoring upgrades. The Gibson's team is ready for you! 

 

Linley McConnell

Written by Linley McConnell