Saturday, 11 September 2010

Clothkits, Sewing Made Easy!

Red Birdie Dress
Cloth and Kit, what else do I need to say? Well a lot actually. Clothkits has a long and curious heritage and it's comeback is 'Bang on Trend' as they say.

When dressmaking I love the sewing, the cutting into fabric, the construction and pride when complete. I don't love calculating fabric, cutting out the pattern, pinning it and marking any instructions.  Well Clothkits has cut out the initial hassle of sewing and created fresh exciting designs in a really simple package.  

And what is really great, if you don't sew but know someone who does what a great gift idea.  How much of a nightmare would it be buying them a pattern, the fabric, the thread, the buttons and 'sew' on?  With Clothkits they do it all for you, how brilliant is that?  You could even buy it for them to make for you (or is that too cheeky?).

Check out a small sample of the kits available.
Rob Ryan, Hold Me Skirt
Rob Ryan, Hold Me Skirt (Cut Out)
c60 Skirt
Blonde Polly Retro Doll

  • Clothkits was originally founded in 1968 by Anne Kennedy and by the late 1980s employed over 400 staff from the Lewes HQ.  Bought out by catalogue giant Freemans, the Clothkits brand was swallowed up and made dormant. 
  • Hibernating for 17 years, it was relaunched in 2008 with fresh new outfits to cut and sew at home.  A family concern, Kay Mawer gave it a fresh new look after graduating from Art School.
  • Still with the original ethos making it easy for you to make beautiful quality, well designed clothes without the fuss of paper patterns. All cutting lines are printed directly on the fabric in a simple format that means even the inexperienced can make garments with ease.
  • As well as fabric, the majority of the kits contain all you need to complete the project - thread, buttons (or any other necessary haberdashery) and instructions.
  • I love the values of Clothkits as they support home grown, getting as much done as they can in the, UK.
  • And they don't have just one house style their exciting British designers and artists put their own ‘handwriting’ onto the cloth, which gives them a great range of styles.  Many are not conventional textile artists with backgrounds such as ceramics, Fine Art and book illustration.
  • All printing is carried out in the UK too and most of the products are hand screen printed, true craftspeople working in an area that is becoming rarer to find.
So which type of kit would you choose Children's Clothing, Women's Clothing or Ragdolls & Toys?  Check out Clothkits for more fantastic designs

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