By September 1, Georgia Southern University will have its own alterations store on campus, funded by the Center for Sustainability.
“The funding for this grant is from sustainability fees that student pay. It’s their student sustainability fees at work,” Dr. Rachel Eike, Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design professor, said.
FMADstitch! will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays for clothes to be dropped off between 4:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. in room 1006 in the Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design building. Drop-offs will be limited to two garments per person per day.
“[FMADstich!] started off with a class project that Apparel 1 students do to practice hemming and Amber Shelton, a student in the class, said it’s something that we should really do because there are individuals on campus and people who need alterations done and we need practice,” Dr. Eike said.
The way the process will work is the student bringing clothes in will be asked to try them on so the clothes can be properly measured and fitted. This process is expected to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
No formal dresses will be altered, but it will be possible to bring in pants, patching up shirts, and fixing and/or matching missing buttons.
“The great thing about this program is that it’s funded through the Center for Sustainability and, since students are paying those fees anyway, is to offer those services to them for free,” Amber Shelton, junior Marketing and Fashion Merchandising major, said.
A one week turnaround is currently being promised and students are asked to bring their student ID with them, as well as make sure the clothes are clean before being brought in.
This alteration shop will be available and free to all students, faculty, and staff on campus.