Monthly Archives: November 2015


Little girls’ favorite – ballerina motifs

In preparation for the new school year, new ballerina motif fabrics are here! The design features familiar motifs – little girls going to a ballet school who want to become a prima ballerina. The lovely girls dancing happily in their tutus will bring a smile to your face. The design comes in three patterns – motifs throughout the fabric, patchwork design and borders, allowing you to find the one that is perfect for your project.

Prima  H10400-400 Cotton Linen Canvas H10400-400_2

Ballerina motifs are expressed in a monotone, like a paper cutout. The brighter tones are good for school bags, and it will be stylish to make matching bags for moms in a monotone fabric.

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Sarouel Style Pants for a Grown-up

Size: about 100cm (hip) 27.5 (rise) 60cm (inside leg)

Silky cotton sateen from echino’s Huedrawer series is featured to create this pair of sarouel style pants. Small tiny sparkling pieces throughout the fabric will work as a beautiful accent. A regular of this column, Anriko has returned to introduce her creation. Flattering pockets on the hip produce the feel of a pair of sarouel style pants.

Design & Work: Anriko

Fabric shown for this sample: echino Huedrawer fragment JG96300-302 (D)

□ Fabric (front and back pants, waist belt, pocket) : 110cm wide x 2m
(Rib knit) (Rib for hem): 30cm x 30cm
□ Fusible interfacing 60cm x 20cm
□ Elastic tape: 2cm wide x 70cm


We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Different from echino’s usual cotton linen fabric, the base color for this sateen is unique and the colors come out beautifully. As it is not thick, it may not necessarily be suitable for making a pair of pants, yet I took advantage of the thinner texture to add movement.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The front and back pockets on the pants are useful and effective for disguising the shape of the body.
In order to make it easy to make, the pockets are attached outside of the pants. Though the pants have a soft sarouel design, with these pockets, they look more like proper sarouel pants.

KF: What are some tips for making these pants?
It is important to choose the correct color thread. If you fail to do so, you are going to end up with a cheap and handmade looking pair of pants. Please be mindful as this piece requires a lot of outside stitching.

KF: How should we coordinate these pants in everyday situations?
The design is casual yet you can achieve a stylish adult woman look by wearing a pair of heels and a jacket.

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

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Beautiful designs from a seaside town

Obiko was established in 2010 in the seaside Town of Hastings UK – specialising in luxury stationery.
Linda Williams, Obiko’s designer says “painting and sketching is an integral part of my life, by allowing myself the freedom to work on at least two designs at any given time, I am able to see everything in a fresh way.”

Birds and roses G50510-1 double gauze

A mixture of Obiko’s library artwork was used to create a collage print.
‘Birds and roses’ is a light cotton gauze and has a quirky dual colour and print, perfect for statement blouses, dresses and skirts, enabling the sewer to channel their individual style. The fabric is light and fine enough to make children and babies clothes and soft toys.

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Plump Cheeks ‘70s Retro  

Retro and Pop Motifs

New designs from plump cheeks are here! The name plump cheeks means inflated or puffy cheeks in English. This cute fabric is presented with the concept to inflate with knowledge, creativity and fun. The theme for the new design is ‘70s Retro, looking very charming with beaming brightness.

Retro★Drive H3160-1 Oxford (Ox) H3160-1

A fun drive with music is the concept behind this design. This free spirited ‘70s retro motif and pop looking stars create a lively atmosphere. Whether it is a backpack, hat or a table cloth for an outdoor event, this fabric will produce a lively feel

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Ready-To-Sew Fabric

You can make matching pouches and bags!

With this series, you can make a bag by just cutting and sewing the fabrics’ motifs. It comes in two designs, bags and animals. Sewing beginners can even make a variety of bags without a pattern by cutting the shape as shown on the fabric.

bags P38900-900 Oxford (Ox) P38900-900_2

These bags feature four motifs in one panel. In addition to a large bag, smaller items like a pouch and clutch bag are included. The pouch and mini bag can be enjoyed by themselves or as a bag-in-a-bag.

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