Monthly Archives: June 2014

Gathered skirt made only with straight stitches

Size: Skirt length 55cm

Today’s project is a skirt made with stripe patch fabric from Joielinne. It has colorful tones and is perfect for all seasons. The creator, Kaori Sawa came up with very simple instructions that only require straight stitches that make it easy for sewing beginners.

Design & work :Kaori Sawa(Caunes+ Kaori*ri)

Fabric shown for this sample:Joielinne P26800-801 (A)

□ Fabric: 90cm×130cm
□ Elastic tape: 65cm (2cm width)


We interviewed Kaori about her creation:
KF (kokka fabric:以下、KF) What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Since the fabric is thin and soft, I thought of using the entire design to make it attractive.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
In order to display the design all around, I incorporated the gathering. It can be worn all year round – single layer in the summer (add a petticoat if you want to avoid seeing through) or layered look with tights or pants underneath in the winter time.

KF:What are some tips for making this skirt?
It can be made very easily as it only requires straight stitches. When putting through the elastic tape, use a safety pin and a clip to keep it from coming off. Try to make variations as you can create a different look by having extra gathering to make it more fluffy or by changing the length of the skirt.

KF:How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?
The cute design of the skirt will be enhanced with a solid color top. For the winter season, a pair of boots can create a lovely look.

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

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Cartonnage Round Box

Size: 18cm (h), 24cm (bottom diameter)

We are introducing a project using a Finnish textile. It is an interior décor item made with AJATUS. This fabric is covered with striking panda graphics. Familiar to this column, Mihoko Sugiyama has returned to share her new cartonnage project.

Design & work :Mihoko Sugiyama (happiness box)

Fabric shown for this sample:  (Main body – exterior, bottom inside, lid–top portion) Finlayson ”AJATUS” JG43100-1 (A)

□Fabric (Main body – exterior, bottom inside, top lid exterior) : 90cm×50cm
(Main body – interior, lid-side portion, top inside):90cm×70cm
(Main bottom exterior):30cm×30cm
□Cardboard: 1.5mm thickness, One A1 sheet
2.5mm thickness Two A2 (42cm x 59.4cm) size sheets
□Kent Paper: A1 size and B4 size – One sheet each


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