Back in the day (1970s and 1980s) Clothkits were THE thing that middle-class crafty British mums made for their kids.
Started by Anne Kennedy in 1968 and run from her kitchen table, Clothkits was one of the original 'mumpreneur' craft businesses, which went on to be hugely successful. Anne's idea was simple: design great, groovy clothes and accessories for kids, print the pattern onto good-quality fabric (cotton or corduroy) in multi-sizes, and send them out by mail order with little packs of notions, so that mums with even the most basic sewing skills could make their children's wardrobes with pride.
I remember Clothkits and I was so excited when another mum, Kay Mawer, bought the old Clothkits business last year and relaunched it. Kay is awesome, she has created a fab new range of Clothkits for modern kids, but with a nod to the heritage of this iconic brand. I am so excited to be launching Clothkits in Australia on the Lark website!!!
Here are some of the fab kits I have in my first shipment - yes, these are kits, you have to make them, but they come all bound up in cute packages with thread, buttons, woven labels and (in some cases) Liberty print fabrics for lining. I promise they are so simple to make, but they also make a great gift if you don't like to sew.
And (deep breath)... I have saved the best till last. As well as raiding the Clothkits archives, Kay is working with contemporary designers and illustrators on some of the kits. And she has commissioned none other than the wonderful Mr Rob Ryan to create a grown-up skirt kit. I love this so much and can't wait to make one - it's called the 'Hold Me' skirt and comes in white sateen with the beautiful Rob Ryan screenprint. Some people have even framed them.
I have a small number of these kits in my shop, as well as the children's kits pictured above (my faves = Smiley Lion Overalls and Happy bees Pinny!). They come with full instructions. Make time!