I started creating kits for our patterns because I wanted to remove as many barriers as possible when it comes to making the the things that excite and challenge you. I think most of us want clothing that looks at least as good as ready-to-wear (if not a whole lot better), but sometimes tracking down all the finishing touches that make a project look really professional can be a challenge, especially if you don’t live in an area with a lot of brick and mortar sewing shops. While it’s definitely possible to source snaps and grommets at your typical big box fabric shop, I’ve always been a little disappointed with the quality. For our Kelly hardware kit, I’ve sourced really high quality, rust-proof spring snaps. These not only look much prettier when installed than the typical snap buttons you might be used to, but they’re a little gentler on your clothes, since the snap action isn’t quite as intense as the heavier duty ones.
In addition I tracked down elegant cord stops and locks to finish off your drawstrings with a little bling. The kit also includes a 26″ YKK separating coat zipper, cotton drawstring and grommets. All metal is in a beautiful antique brass finish, while the zipper and cord are in black – I’ve found this coordinates with most colours and fabrics very well. Even a lighter coloured twill looks great with a little black contrast.
This time around I intentionally left fabric out of our kits since the fabrics I recommend for this pattern are generally easy to source (especially high quality twill). I’ll be sharing lots of great fabric options with you tomorrow, just in case you need a little help.
And rest assured! I have an in depth post planned for how to install snaps and grommets at home. It’s much simpler than you think (it’s literally a snap), and is all sorts of fun. Anytime you bring a hammer into the sewing studio is a good day. Hope you enjoy the kits! We will not be carrying permanent stock so once they’re gone, they’re gone.