Soft and Fluffy Gathered Bag

Size: 24cm (l) 24cm (w)

The featured bag makes the best use of the softness of the fluffy double gauze fabric, Fuwari fuwari from the naniIRO series.
“I took advantage of the softness of the double gauze fabric combined with a domett interlining to create gathering that delivers the fabric’s texture and beautiful patterns. Though the size is smaller, it is sized to fit a Japanese paperback. With a wallet and handkerchief inside, it is perfect for a quick walk or an outing.” (by rocco*)

Design & Work:rocco*


Fabric shown for this sample:naniIRO Fuwari fuwari JG10410 (A) Hikari No Sono


Materials:
□ Fabric: 80cm×80cm
□ Fusible interfacing (thin): 80cmx50cm
□ Domett Interlining (thin): 60cmx50cm
□ Button: Two pieces (1.3cm diameter)

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We interviewed rocco* about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The fabric, Fuwari fuwari*Hikari No Sono from Hiromi Ito’s naniIRO series, is so stylish with its color gradation and patterns. I thought that making something dimensional would make it more attractive, so I got the urge to make a bag, though double gauze fabric is not normally recommended for this types of item. Once I started, I realized that this fabric was more solid with less skewing than other type of double gauze. It was easy to sew, making my work easier. I took advantage of the softness of the double gauze fabric combined with a domett interlining to create gathering that delivers the fabric’s texture and beautiful patterns.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?

I maximized the use of the gradation of colors and pattern along with the soft texture of double gauze fabric. The fabric is placed to accentuate the contrast of the colors. The soft texture is even enhanced by combining it with domett interlining and gathering, while giving more strength to a frail gauze fabric.
The subdued yet glamorous design is one of a kind, perfect for the naniIRO series that is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The top opening is treated as part of the lining fabric, rather than using a bias binding tape and will not require stitches around the opening. The handles will be added later after turning the bag inside out. At first, it may look difficult to make, but it is constructed with these easy-to-follow steps.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
Pre-washing or soaking in water and ironing and aligning the edge will prevent skewing of the fabric. When sewing, use needles for knit sewing to prevent damage to the fabric. The bag’s character, gathering of the fabric and domett interlining, can be best created by making it somewhat irregular rather than making it perfect. In this way the color gradation will appear more rich and interesting.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
Going into an early summer season, I think it will look stylish when combined with a white-colored wardrobe. The bag is small, but big enough to hold a Japanese paperback. With a wallet and handkerchief inside, it is perfect for a quick walk or an outing.

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KF: Thank you very much, rocco*! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Tote Bag with Rope Handles

Size: 30cm (l) 40cm (w – opening) 10cm (d)

This large tote bag nicely features a hand drawn large and small checkerboard design of the Bed-Grass・・・Cozy from naniIRO. “Small checkered patterns are placed around the opening, while large checkered patterns are aligned with the pocket. Using many grommets, rope handles with a knot create a nice design.” (by Sugino, the bag’s designer)  
A refreshing blue color is perfect for the upcoming season. The indigo and white bi-color lining uses a canvas fabric, making it a reversible bag.

デザイン・製作:Mioko Sugino


Fabric shown for this sample: naniIRO Bed Grass・・・Cozy JG10321 (A) matama


Materials:
□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 110cm wide×50cm
(Lining fabric a (canvas)): 90cm×50cm
(Lining fabric b (canvas)): 30cm×50cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 80cm×10cm
□ Rope: 1.4m (0.8cm diameter)
□ Grommet: 8 pairs (1.0cm inside diameter)
□ Button: 2 pairs (1.5cm diameter)

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We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?

The line drawing of the large and small checkered design is simple yet stylish and beautiful. I created something large that features this design in its entirety.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?

The small checkered pattern on both ends of the fabric is placed at the opening, while utilizing the large checkered pattern to outline a pocket.
I tried to keep the cutting of the fabric to minimum by folding the fabric to create the pocket. Using many grommets, rope handles with a knot creates a nice design.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?

You may find attaching grommets difficult, and that’s how I personally felt when I first tried it.
Once you get the hang of it, you will find it fun as it changes the look of the bag significantly. Make sure to mark the locations precisely to avoid making a hole in the wrong spot.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?

It will look mature and stylish when combined with a cool looking outfit, like a simple dress or a white shirt and jeans.
Since it is reversible, you can create a completely different feel if you choose a contrasting color and patterns for inside.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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naniIRO textile 2016 vol.4

The long loved line, Basic

naniIRO special Vol. 4 is here. This time, six designs from Basic, the oldest ongoing design since naniIRO’s beginning is featured.

POCHO JG10380 Double Gauze (Cotton 100%)  JG10381 Cotton Gauze (Cotton 100%)
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Delicious colors are introduced in POCHO, a design that has been loved for 15 years.
The subtle colors are easy to coordinate with other elements.
For your enjoyment, a fluffy gauze has now joined the group.

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Tunic Dress 

Size:76.5cm (length) for 140cm height

This tunic dress features a double gauze fabric, KOMOREBI///, from naniIRO textile’s 2016 new collection. The selected color is a soft tone of calm joy, which makes you think that just wearing this clothing could put you in a calm state of mind. Yuka Yonekura, a designer from the FRANCESCA AMAM LABEL, a brand known for its comfortable and perfect for everyday clothing is sharing her creation.

Design & Work:Yuka Yonekura(FRANCESCA AMAM LABEL)


Fabric shown for this sample: naniIRO KOMOREBI/// JG10350 (D) Calm Joy


Materials:
□ Fabric: 106cm widex2m
□ Elastic tape: 1.2cm wide x 50cm

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We interviewed Yuka about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It has been a while since I used the double gauze from naniIRO. Just as I remembered, it is still so beautiful. Simply touching this fabric puts you in a happy mood.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Originally I had a different design in mind. Once I found that the pattern reminds you of a kimono, I changed the sleeve design to look like the ones on kimono, creating a softer look.

KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
The double gauze material is a little challenging to handle with gathering and abrasion. I recommend using pins and treat the process carefully.

KF: How should we use this dress in everyday situations?
The model’s height is 145cm and the pattern is designed for a 140cm height. Like in the picture, you can put on the dress by itself or it will be very stylish when combined with a pair of shorts. You can also make a style by incorporating an accent color into a pair of sandals like gold from the fabric or vermillion.

KF: Thank you very much, Yuka! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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Shoulder Bag

Size: 30cm (l) 35cm (w) 8cm (d)

This shoulder bag features a linen fabric, Lei nani, from naniIRO textile’s 2016 new collection.
The color is white and the bag makes use of a somewhat see-through light texture with a combination of a solid yellow lining fabric. As the days become warmer in this season, the floral design on the fabric stands out brightly against the ray of sun.
“I was picturing a picnic and cycling on an Indian summer day. It is a bag that is soft and gentle, and can be enjoyed like a piece of clothing. The tender material feels comfortable to your skin. It’s so light that you will even forget that you are carrying it.” (by Yuki Inomata)

Design & Work:Yuki Inomata


Fabric shown for this sample: (Panel outer fabric, Shoulder strap a,c)
naniIRO Lei nani JG10311 (D) water silhouette (Water Silhouette)
(Bottom outer fabric, Main bag lining fabric, Shoulder strap b, Tab, Loop)
naniIRO J245-1(G) Canarian Yellow


Materials:
□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric, Shoulder strap a, c): 106cm widex70cm
  (Bottom outer fabric, Main bag lining fabric, Shoulder strap b, Tab, Loop):80x70cm

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We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
As this thin and somewhat see-through material is not normally used for a bag, I really had to think how to best turn this fabric into something nice. I ended up taking advantage of the see-through look. Picturing a picnic and cycling on an Indian summer day, a yellow lining fabric is applied to create a soft and gentle bag that can be enjoyed like a piece of clothing. The tender material feels comfortable to your skin. It’s so light that you will even forget that you are carrying it.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The seam and edges required special attention. Since the material is see-through, the seam had to look clean and was carefully treated.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
While adding a fusible interfacing may create a different look, I ventured to make use of the feel of this unique material.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
This thin material is perfect for a piece with gathering or a stole.

KF: Thank you very much, Yuki. Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

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