Well they say clothing then they say gear. I don't think it matters that much if you just want to learn how to fix it.
Similar techniques for most of that stuff.
Personally, I'd like to chop off about 3 inches on the leg length of their snow pant shells I have. Always been much too long. Knees too low also.
This sort of is like some places have bring in your old electronics to see if it can be fixed. Usually done by volunteers. Stuff like Atari play stations there's some known issues that they show you. Old radios, lamps, toasters, pretty much anything. "Repair Fairs" they're called staffed by "fixers".
Quote From this years fair in Philly:
[Fran] Blanche, like other fixers, said she has been "taking apart perfectly good things since forever."
Lately, she's noticed, it has become trendy.
"Younger people are rediscovering fixing things and making things. But when I was younger, that's how it was: If your TV blew up, you'd bring it in to get repaired, not throw it out," she said.
"Everything is fixable, that's the bottom line."
A lot of these people are into technological archeology also. Restoring old computer, tech things. Fran for instance, is involved in the Apollo Saturn 5 LVDC project. (Launch Vehicle Digital Computer). While there's tons of info on the Command Module computer, there's not much on the IBM machine built in Owego, NY
that guided the Saturn V rocket into orbit. (Probably for good reason, since it's a missile guidance system). Parts of these things were left out in junk yards for years or just thrown out.
Fran's site: http://www.frantone.com/designwritings/design_writings.html
A relatively recent amazing act of technological archeology was the reconstruction of the world's first digital computer. It was British, used at Bletchley Park, and Alan Turing had little or nothing to do with it. Other than theory. It was developed by Tommy Flowers who worked for the Postal Office. Called Collosus, it used thousands of tubes, "valves" in British. Churchill ordered most of them destroyed and all the documents. They didn't want the Russians to know they could break the Lorenz code the Germans were using and the Russians were likely to use the captured machines. It was top secret for decades. A picture wasn't even released until the 80's, and info not really until this century. Plans had been destroyed, but a few hand written documents remained. One guy, Tony Sales, pretty much spear headed the whole thing. Google even made a short film about it.
Another major project started by individuals is LOIRP. Lunar orbiter image recovery project. Basically, taking the original analog magnetic tapes, 2 inch!, and converting them to digital to restore the images of the moon taken by NASA to find sites for the landings. The stuff was saved from being thrownout by individuals who stored them for years. It became a big project in 2007 and has received funding from NASA. It's pretty impressive what was done buying stuff off ebay and finding retired engineers who worked on the Ampex FR-900 tape machines.
It has expanded into other realms of space image recovery.
Their site, recently went to archive: