Favorite fabrics & sewing patterns turned fab with the addition of hardware.
We’ve been on a garment sewing binge lately and we are having so much fun taking our favorite sewing patterns and fabrics, and figuring out how to add Dritz® hardware to the mix. We’ve got some really great pieces to share with you today, made with sewing patterns from Indygo Junction, plus our Dritz® hardware – grommets, eyelets, rings, swivel hooks, snaps and rivets. The goal here is to inspire you to take your favorite materials, lay them all out on your sewing room table, and mash them up! You’ll be surprised – and delighted – at what you come up with.
|Gather your fabrics, sewing patterns and hardware pieces and make a plan! Look at your patterns and see where hardware can be added. It might be a strap, or maybe it’s along a hem or neckline. Determine if the hardware will be functional, or simply placed to add interest and detail. Cut swatches of fabric and audition the hardware pieces. There are so many fasteners to consider – have fun during the planning process!|
|First piece: Easy-On Apron
Can we just stop for a minute and say LOVE. We chose this sewing pattern from Indygo Junction because of its versatility and good looks. Wear it with jeans or leggings. Pair it with a tank or long sleeve top. It’s a year-round winner!
The fabric shown is Cobblestone/Evergreen; it’s part of Amy Barickman’s Kyoto collection produced by RJR fabrics (as are all fabrics we used).
|The hack: Add rings to the straps.
How’d we do it? It’s easy! Just make fabric straps to fit the size (opening) of your hardware.
Straps are the ideal place to add hardware. In some cases the hardware adds function, like the heavy duty snap (shown left); it can be snapped and unsnapped. The rivets (middle) add bright detail and personality. Use adjustable sliding buckles (right) with a wider strap to create a gathered effect.
|Why go basic when you can go bold?
Choose swivel hooks for your straps and give your apron a truly professional finish. Swivel hooks and rings of any shape make the perfect pairing – the Dritz® hardware collections feature many types of fasteners in coordinating fashion finishes.
|Second piece: Easy Top & Tunic
We chose this sewing pattern because its basic silhouette lends itself to so many design variations.
The fabric is really beautiful, too, don’t you think? It’s Oasis/Poppy and we knew it would look great with our black Dritz® fashion grommets. The color combination was the jumping off point for us for this piece – we knew they would look great together.
|The hack: We shortened the tunic, added side slits, then installed grommets for detail and to create an opening for a cable cord belt.
Here we thought the side slits would be the perfect place to showcase the grommets so we installed our Dritz® fashion grommets there, and also at the waist to create an opening for the cable cord belt.
|Third piece: Mandarin Vest (complemented by a D-ring Belt)
The Mandarin Vest sewing pattern is just so perfectly timeless that we didn’t change it much at all (other than deleting the pocket). Instead, we added a fabric belt, giving the vest structure, and creating a really nice layering effect with the two contrasting, yet complementary, fabrics. We used Oasis/Evergreen for the belt and Butterflies/Tranquil for the vest – we think these two fabrics are perfectly paired!
|The hack: Add a fabric belt loaded with D-rings.
Here we riffed on our easy-sew cummerbund belt project, but mixed it up with the addition of 14 Dritz® copper D-rings. The rings really do the trick, don’t you think? When you’re planning a pattern hack, this is a good tip to remember: sometimes it’s an additional accessory – like a belt – that totally changes up the look of the garment.
|Fourth piece: Turn About Tank
This is a really sweet tank top sewing pattern. The ability to wear this tank with the V-neck in the front or the back is what sold us! Since eyelets/grommets are a cornerstone of the Dritz® fasteners collection, we knew our hack would include some of them.
|The hack: Add eyelets to create lacing detail.
Lacing is an option in the pattern instructions, but we took it up a notch by adding Dritz® eyelets for the lacing to pass through. These delicate 1/4″ eyelets look great coming or going! The fabric used on this piece is Kiku/Poppy.
|We hope the details behind how we approached our sewing pattern hacks are insightful for you, and provide some guidance as you design your next project.
We had a lot fun enhancing the sewing patterns from Indygo Junction with our Dritz® hardware and giving them some additional flair!
Tell us about your pattern hacks! Tips? Tricks? Things you might do differently next time? We want to know!