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Funky and fun clothing kits…for you to cut and sew at home

catalogue73.jpgThe heritage of Clothkits spans 40 years, having been originally founded in 1968 by Anne Kennedy around the kitchen table.  And on it grew to enormous proportions, and by the late 1980s Clothkits employed over 400 staff from the Lewes headquarters.  Eventually bought out by catalogue giant Freemans, the identity of the Clothkits company was swallowed up by this new owner and made dormant.  After a period of 17 years in hibernation our Sussex based firm relaunched in 2008 with a fresh new collection of gorgeous outfits for you to cut and sew at home. Very much a family concern, Kay Mawer breathed new life into the company after graduating from Art School, with much help from daughters Grace and Tilly (where would we be without family members as willing models!?). 

Clothkits make it easy for you to make beautiful quality, well designed clothes without the fuss of paper patterns.  All the cutting lines are printed directly on the fabric in a simple format that means even the inexperienced can make garments with ease.

To view a brief introduction onto how the concept works have a look at this video by following the link here.  In addition to the fabric, the majority of our kits contain all you need to complete the project - thread, buttons (or any other necessary haberdashery), and of course well illustrated instructions to guide you through the project. And we are always here on the phone with advice too.  We have online tutorials for the children's shift dresses which can be viewed here.

And if you love the garments but don’t have the time or inclination to sew, we also offer a made to order service through Clothkits Couture. So as much as we would love you to dust down the sewing machine, you don't have to in order to enjoy our gorgeous range.  Please contact our UK sales line on 01243 533180 for further information, or select ‘readymade’ in our shop for made to order items. Made to order items are exactly that, and we endeavour to stitch these up within 14 days.  To go directly to view our collection, please follow this link >>>

Want to read a bit more about the Clotkits Journey - thanks to Clover Stroud at the Telegraph Magazine we have had a great feature in the publication. To read the story on the Telegraph website please follow this link

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG7813874/A-home-sewing-revival-the-return-of-Clothkits.html 

Designed and Printed in England

Kandgt.jpgWe like to support the home grown so our values mean that if we can get it done here we most certainly will!

With Clothkits YOU make the garment, and these are designed to be items that are durable, loved, and handed from sibling to sibling. The design process begins here with some exciting British designers, and all printing is carried out in the UK too. And if we had the climate to grow cotton in the UK then this is where we would buy our raw goods!

The overwhelming majority of our products are hand screen printed, and our printers are true craftspeople, workng in an area that is becoming rarer to find.  We also have experts in digital printing on hand, and this service in particular is available for one-off bespoke clothing.  So if you have an idea for something unique please email info@clothkits.co.uk for a tailored quote.

We do hope that you enjoy our collection, which has been put together with much care and attention.  We also have lots of new things in the pipeline, so if you are looking for something particular, let us know.  Our email newsletter is a great way to keep updated with all that is new, and there are special discounts exclusively for subscribers, so do drop us an email if you would like to subscribe.  Not restricted to the internet, we have a printed catalogue available too - let us know if you would like one.

Whether you try one of our kits, or upload some vintage pics of Clothkits past and present, or perhaps come along onto one of our workshops, we are very grateful that you join into our sewing community. Come and join the fun!

Kay, Grace and Tilly x

(Clothkittens!)

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