by Mary Boalt
Do you get excited by the unexpected addition of hardware on clothing? Perhaps something unusual for closures? Or something ordinary used in an unordinary way? I’m a sucker for all of it. The weirder the better. I love those clever details that make a garment unique.
Or these! What cool buckle/clips!
And this from Diane Ericson. I’ve used grommets before but not quite like this. This darling idea is going on the list of things to try very soon. This type of grommet is extremely easy to install. You can find them in the drapery section at Joann.
This is Butterick 6381. I added the hanging pocket.
This one keeps the hanging pocket closed.
This is a Marcy Tilton pattern from Vogue. #8934. It’s a preprinted stretch denim that I found at an outlet store in San Francisco a few years ago. The idea to use carabiner clips came from my friend Helen. She has been known to sew door hinges onto her garments!
The back features a giant “snack pocket” with the upper flap piped with zipper teeth.
And speaking of zippers…..I found these zippers at the same place I bought this fabric. My sister, who lives near Phoenix, takes me to SAS fabric warehouse. We humorously refer to it as the Topless Bar Fabric store since it is around the corner from….you guessed it, a topless bar. But hey! Fabric can be purchased by the pound there! What’s not to like about that?
Again, zippers used as trim on the outside of the pocket opening.
This is the zipper that goes to no where. It’s just trim.
Grommet tape down the sleeve.
No piece of zipper goes to waste. This extension is inserted in the collar and wraps around and snaps in place to keep the collar closed.
This is The Peony Vest from The Sewing Workshop.
Interesting button found at Ben Franklin in Grass Valley. It’s layered with a copper button that was gifted to me.
And the addition of grommet tape with jump rings. This comes in black or white at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley.
Here’s another of Diane Ericson’s fabric panels. This time the Snap To It Jacket pattern from Louise Cutting was used. Along with lots of snap tape and the addition of another hanging pocket. Yup! Gotta love those hanging pockets…..an idea gleaned from a Diane Ericson pattern. Can you say “groupie”?
One more. And yes, it’s another Diane Ericson jacket. The Ventana. I used cafe rings and clips for the front closures as well as for the side flaps that wrap around to the front. It’s a very interesting pattern that just screams for cool hardware.
Have you been inspired to put some hardware in your next garment? Use zipper teeth as piping? How about some drapery hooks or grommets. Although I can’t quite bring myself to use door hinges, there is some garter tape in my stash that’s calling my name.