*Please read our COVID-19 updates below as our services have been greatly impacted.
RETHINK is not your typical tailoring shop.
Our mission is to get as many garments that ALREADY exist BACK into rotation. We achieve this by altering/upcycling garments 1 year or older, and by repairing clothing of all ages.
To further support the mission, RETHINK Tailoring & Sewing Lounge hosts regular sewing/mending classes, a pay-by-the-hour assisted sewing lounge, and regular community events (i.e. clothing swaps and Meet the Eco-Artist Nights).
*Due to COVID-19 RETHINK Tailoring closed the day after our Grand Opening (March 15) and has temporarily adjusted our services to keep our staff and customers safe, and to best suit the needs of our community.
*Masks: RETHINK offers a selection of comfortable fitted, reversible masks made of medium-weight woven cotton that came from surplus fabric from Kristen’s resizeable childrenswear clothing line. We also offer our fitted masks in cotton fabric upcycled from cotton shirts, and denim, etc.
*Classes: We scaled down our class sizes (machine classes limited to 2 students, hand-sewing classes 3), and are able to offer in-person, socially distanced classes (masks required). Our Meet your Machine class is a private lesson to introduce you to your own sewing machine. Students are able to sew on RETHINK’s machines for our other classes, and there is no shared equipment during class. Currently classes include: Adult and Kids Tote Bag, Hand Mending, Jeans Mending by Machine, and we continue to look for beginning projects to get you confident in your sewing skills. For our current class offerings, please look at our class schedule page, and register in our online shop.
*Clothing Swap: Clothing swaps were always part of our plan at RETHINK. But we knew it would be a long time before we could do them indoors and we already had the supplies. So, we took to the Sidewalk starting in July with our #RETHINKSidewalkSwap. We have provided the infrastructure and you, the community, has kept it going by swapping and donating clean, good condition, in-season clothing. So far the RETHINK Sidewalk Swap has kept over 500 garments in circulation so far.
*Soon via curbside!* Creative repair. Whether it be a denim repair/reinforcements, or a rip, stain, or imperfection in the fabric, we can help brainstorm a creative solution. No need to immediately give up on your favorite shirt because of a rip, or that piece you wore on your first date because of a silly stain. First send us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can help brainstorm a creative repair to get it up and running again.
*Not yet* Tailoring: Through RETHINK Tailoring, we prioritize revamping/closet-cleaning in order to make it an easier option to recycle while shopping for one’s professional and casual wardrobe. We don’t do basic alterations on things that come brand new from the store. We do however work on older items from the closet or from secondhand shops, even if they only need basic tailoring.
We love love love to work on vintage and hand-me-downs from your parents, grandparents, or friends. We work with clients to modernize, repair, or update these pieces so they reflect the client’s personal style and are appropriate for the setting in which they wish to wear them.
Dress too small? No prob! We can brainstorm a solution.
If you have any questions about whether your garments fit into our list of services, please feel free to ask! Email us about your project at email@example.com and we’ll let you know. We are not here to judge or preach–we will just let you know yes or no. It’s as simple as that!
If you have no idea what we’re talking about as far as revamping and creatively repairing, we have conveniently placed some pretty pictures on the blog that have before and after pictures of projects we have worked on. Everybody loves a good before and after right!? You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.