Ooo, hello Clothkits. What a blast from the past!
As a child I was usually dressed in either:
a) Something my mother had sewn
b) Something my aunt had designed
c) Something from a jumble sale
d) Something from Clothkits, which my mother had sewn
Once my mum made me a dress by tracing a Clothkits pattern onto an old curtain she’d got from a jumble sale for about 15p, thus fulfilling options a), c) and d) all in one garment.
Clothkits died a death in the 80s, but it’s back. BACK! And just as brilliant.
It now has yummy artists like Rob Ryan, Emily Peacock, and Echino Designs (lovely Japanese fabric designer) on board, and has revived some old favourites (I think my brother had this coat) and created some new classics.
Anyway, when I saw their stand at Ally Pally in the autumn I couldn’t resist one of their lovely apple doorstops (minimalism alert – we actually did need a second doorstop in addition to The Squirrel). Especially as they were just £5 (show offer – nice!).
Of course, the kit has since languished in a cupboard for a few months, but when I finally got it out to make it took me less than an hour from start to finish. Great for a present.
Foolishly I forgot to trace the pieces before I cut them, (the nice lady on the Clothkits stand told me everyone does this) but actually the pattern is very simple – four triangles with the point chopped off, a square for the bottom, and a handle.
And, oooo, that lovely Clothkits babycord. Such great fabric (iron it upside down to avoid squashing it).
Clothkits, welcome back (OK, I know it’s been a few years). You guys rock!