Haberdashery Kit: White Dressmaking Essentials

This kit contains essentials for projects like a dress or jumpsuit. Your kit is complete with one regular, plastic-free zip (GOTS-certified organic cotton tape in an off-white colour and metal teeth), one vintage scalloped dot detailed buckle, 6 medium vintage swirl style buttons and one spool of white GOTS-certified organic cotton thread. Everything you need in one go, perfect for a specific project or as a gift to someone you love!




Availability: 1 in stock


Button size: 2cm

Buckle size: 6.2cm by 5cm

Zip length: 53cm/ 21″

About Your Zip: 

Closed-end, off-white zip, with GOTS-certified cotton tape and nickel-free, metal teeth. These zips are made in Spain, so have a relatively small carbon footprint due to proximity. The entire zip is plastic-free and perfect for dyeing!

About Scanfil threads: 

GOTS-certified organic cotton on wooden spools of 110 yards/100 m.  This thread is an all-purpose thread. The white thread will dye well if you are making a garment that will be dyed after construction.

Made from American long-staple cotton, grown without chemicals or pesticides, and manufactured in the EU. Scanfil uses natural dyes, natural lubrication (to turn the fibre into a sewing thread) and very strictly regulated mercerising process (a process that adds shine to a fibre). The company is also OekoTex certified for all its finishing processes. Scanfil is a Dutch, family owned business.

Reuse your spools by winding on some bias binding, ribbon or cotton tape!

Cotton thread has lower tensile strength (at what level of pressure the thread breaks) than polyester thread. Use this organic thread in the same way in your sewing machine as you would any other cotton thread.

About Our Vintage Haberdashery: 

Please note all our haberdashery is hand picked by us from a collection that covers the 1920s to the 1980s. We have made some educated guesses as to which era this haberdashery may have come from. Some of the haberdashery we picked was mounted on their original cards which contained notes as to where it was produced and its material content. For example our pearlescent buttons were made in England and the majority of our resin buckles were made in France and ribbons in Switzerland.

Some of the buttons are likely made of a material called casein rather than plastic, which was popular in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. British casein button production ceased completely in the 1960’s, when plastic buttons took over. Casein is made from dairy milk so it is 100% biodegradable. The waste product after casein button production is called whey and was repurposed in other industries. Whenever its likely that our haberdashery has been made using casein we have listed it.

Our haberdashery has lived for several decades so some minor flaws or colour inconstancy may appear. This is from time, not from wear, and we think it adds character to this collection.

Our supplier has been working with vintage supplies as a family business for over three generations.

Why Sew With Vintage Haberdashery:

The two main reasons we have gone with stocking vintage haberdashery is 1. It’s totally gorgeous and 2. It already exists out in the world, so we are repurposing rather than creating new product from new materials.

Providing sustainable haberdashery with Selkie Patterns has been a goal since day one and starting with vintage was a first choice for us.

Rather than buying new, using the resources that already exist is a great thing to do. We love to thrift our wardrobes so why not thrift our haberdashery?

How To Care For Your Haberdashery:

To care for your vintage haberdashery such as buttons and buckles we would recommend turning your handmade garments inside out when washing and using a gentle spin on your washing machine. We would recommend air drying your garments rather than using a tumble dryer as this could damage your vintage haberdashery.

If you have sewn your haberdashery onto a knitted or silk garment, take extra care of your haberdashery when hand washing and blocking etc.

Avoid using an iron on your vintage haberdashery.

We would advise wrapping your buttons in foil if the garment is dry cleaned.

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