The Cool House: Clothkits

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Or another delve into the photo albums. (Bonus: my kids are going to freak when they read this. I expect shrieks to be heard all the way from BXL)

Jean Martha, curator of Renovation Therapy and lover of beautiful fabrics, sent me a link to this blog from UK artist and designer Jane Foster. As I scrolled through the gorgeous images I came across this doll that looked familiar. Then I zeroed in on the text: "the doll I designed for Clothkits".

Clothkits! Way back when I dressed the kids in Clothkits. These are ready-made Clothkit dresses and somewhere in a toybox stashed in the secret room is an original Clothkits doll I sewed for them.

Dungarees, dresses and sailor hats, robes and padded jackets, I made them all from their ready to sew fabric. It was a delightfully easy experience. The fabric was printed with the pattern ready to cut; wadding, binding and all the other haberdashery goodies were included and each came with a pattern for a wee stuffed animal to go in the pocket. They were ADORABLE. (I made the jackets large so they could wear them for several seasons, that's why one poor child is swamped).

See that elephant on the front of the jacket, the one I stitched around to highlight? That is a muff. A place to warm tiny hands made icy while forming snowballs. And it's attached to the coat so it never gets lost. Genius.

Clothkits suffered an expansion and bust scenario many years ago that put them out of business but it seems they are back.

Anyway, enough with the happy memories and cuteness. Go visit Jane Foster's blog and as Jean Martha says "lose a few hours" in the retro-inspired fabrics, modern and vintage... she even has a store where fabric cats rule!. Enjoy!

After that, hop on over to Julia's Hooked on Fridays blog fest to browse through her family heirlooms


Why S? said...

I think this is an idea whose time has returned. I've never heard of Clothkits but it sounds brilliant!

And maybe I just haven't been paying attention, but I had no idea you had kids. Wow!

Nadine @ BDG said...

I am addicted to Jane Foster's work-- thanks for the post!

Susan @ Your home, only better. said...

Just in time for back to school! Never heard of it before, but will check it out now. Thx for the heads up!

heidi said...

LOVE those pics!!! One of them is little Jane & The other is a little The Guy!

Decor To Adore said...

I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to hear about clothkits.
Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

Have a blessed weekend!

Kathleen said...

Adorable photos.