Patch + Piece uses materials that would normally go to waste to make new and intriguing garments. Our materials come to us through thrifting, donation, student sewing scraps, and sourcing designer deadstock or flawed cloth that you can cut around. When we use new cloth, it’s on purpose or is necessary to hold the construction. Read more below…
Designer deadstock is the extra material clothing companies purchase when producing large quantities of clothing in a factory setting. Lots of times, a whole roll of fabric, or 40 + yards can be left over. We try to source these materials when possible, as well as fabric that is considered flawed due damages caused in shipping. This fabric is normally not able to be sold and can go to waste without creative cutting around the damaged area.
I thrift and look for tossed aside tees whenever possible. This is one of my favorite ways to find our materials, as a lot of the time clothing in thrift stores still has a lot of of life in them, especially t-shirts. We are also lucky to receive donations and have benefited greatly from our neighbor’s decluttering projects. The tees still “spark joy” for us and become delightful new items of clothing.
Textile Scraps from Student Work
I’m a sewing teacher, and sewing your own clothing produces a lot of textile scraps. When our students sew knits and don’t want the scraps, they give them to me and I incorporate them into Patch + Piece garments.
When to Use New
I use new cloth when it’s essential to the construction, the longevity and durability, or when making expanded sizes that need a piece beyond the size of a part I can recycle.