Grommet and Pin Vibes

Credit header image: Burberry

Time was, I associated grommets and safety pins in fashion with the punky, goth look. Since then, acceptance has had a slow but distinct climb to grommet-eyelet acceptance. Finally, I dipped my toe into the world of shiny little grommets and pins on everyday clothing where the grommet/pin combination formed a closure. Now I can be a tiny bit excited. Long way to go. Sigh…

There are side slits for the arms below elbow.
You sharp eyed people probably noticed the first grommet on top right is applied from the wrong side. Lesson learned.

But, stop right there — let me disclose that I’ve used large plastic grommets on curtains and other projects in lieu of tabs or casings to thread and you can read that post here. I’ve also used a few grommets on a floppy-ish hat to thread a ribbon through (see image below or read the full post). In this post I’m referring to the previously “edgy” look of small gold or silver grommets (aka eyelets) either as pure embellishment or to hold two edges together with a fancy pin meant for this purpose. Mind you, I’m just dipping my toe here, but am inspired to take it further.

Are they grommets or eyelets? Whatever they’re called, I’m not shying away anymore. A brief visual is below about the hardware which comes with instructions and online videos, but there are a couple of things I must point out. Please feel free to add your own tips if you’ve done this.

First two images are the grommet set which i used for the gray rib knit capelet (or a throw) which just about covers my arms. Depending on fabric, it’s best to interface the back; in my case, I doubled the fabric and it worked fine but we’ll see whether it pulls out with wear. With this set, you take one grommet, align it in the tool (wrench?), a good hard press and we’re done. Note: on the wrong side, I noticed sharp edges of the grommet sometimes do not turn in completely; therefore I took a light hammer to bend them and behold, no more sharp edge.

Trial sample

The other images show another kind of set and the hat I used them on; it includes three pieces: the grommet, a back piece and a plastic “washer”. Also easy to use, the set is made by Dritz and comes with a steel rod and anvil. You have to use a hammer here to install each one. No dealing with sharp edges in this one.

Now my fave part of this post (any post) — fashion inspiration from the runway, red carpet or anywhere.

Then back in the day, along came Elizabeth Hurley in the now-iconic Versace safety pin gown and the high fashion world exploded. Even without grommets, the elaborate safety pins took the dress to a whole new level of blending punk and high fashion to make it work. Link to the article!

A then-unknown, Elizabeth Hurley. If I want the same Versace safety pins, I’ll have to shell out $225 each. Or, you can go to Amazon and find jeweled but cheaper but smaller safety pins. I’m off to Etsy to look for a Versace pin comparable.
Wait, one more. Note the closure! You look great, Gigi!

Okay, I’ll end at this inspiring point and go find places to add lots of grommets and pins.


4 thoughts on “Grommet and Pin Vibes

  1. I love the blue tweed jacket (St. John) with different sized grommets down the center back! I could take that idea and use it in a fashion forward but modest way at my age! (61)

    Thank you, Samina, for stimulating my sad little Covid-dulled brain!


    1. Isn’t the St. John jacket interesting? I mean, if one is going to apply grommets, one should go big and bold — and sort out the bra issue! Glad you liked the post, Joan, and take care of yourself.


    1. Aww. Glad to see I’ve set a spark in your creativity. Makes it worth the writing, formatting, and of course the sewing and “fashioning”…… Mwah back to you!


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