Monthly Archives: December 2015

Raglan Sleeve Blouse

Size: Medium 

Today’s project is a raglan sleeved blouse, made with a delicate cotton sateen fabric, echino’s Huedrawer. A loose fitting blouse is very comfortable to wear. When the weather gets colder, the layering look with a long-sleeved turtle neck will be stylish.

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
 echino Huedrawer JG96300-300 (C)

□ Fabric: 110cm wide × 170cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 90cm wide x 40cm


Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)

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Beautiful designs from a Seaside town

This November, we feature “Obiko” in our Textile Story column. Here is an interview from Linda Williams, Obiko’s designer. Kokka-fabric digs into the story behind her creative work.

(photo: sketches) (KF): You now live in Hastings, a seaside town on the South East Coast of England. Is it a place where you grew up or did you move there with positive intent?

I was born in the City of Oxford and over the years have moved around the UK. I have also lived and worked both in Portugal and Switzerland.
I moved from London to Hastings 10 years ago. Living by the sea was an important factor for the move and one which I thoroughly love.
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Gathered Skirt with a Ribbon Accent

Size: Skirt length 75.5cm

The featured project is an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. The fabric used is Cross from the TSUMIKI series. It is a lovely textile with uneven flocking print. A popular blogger and handcraft artist, Yuki Inomata is here to introduce her creation.

Design & Work: Yuki Inomata

Fabric shown for this sample: TSUMIKI PG102-1 (B)

□ Fabric: 90cm×1.4m
□ Elastic Tape: 70cm x 2cm wide


We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
When I first saw the fabric, it did not inspire me to make a bag. The flocking treatment throughout the fabric is so lovely that I wanted to make a piece of clothing to make use of it

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The most distinguished characteristic is the use of the fabric edge as the hem. The treatment on the fringe is another unique accent. The ribbon part uses the flocking inside out, creating a different feel for the same material.

KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
It’s an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. I came up with the instructions without a pattern and easy steps. You can make it easily as long as you have the required measurement of fabric. It will make me happy to see people making this skirt when they encounter a fabric they like.

KF: How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?
Featuring two different designs on both sides, it has the feel of a wraparound skirt, with an addition of ribbon to create a high-end look. The finished design allows you to enjoy the skirt in different positions with ribbons on the side, front or on the back. The color of the skirt may be too light for the fall/winter season, but it can be balanced by coordinating with deeper color leggings or stirrup pants underneath, looking stylish with ankle boots. For summer, it can be enjoyed cool and casually with a pair of sandals. It is a slightly translucent material, so you will want to put on something underneath.

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

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A gym class or a music class?

The fun school life of animals is turned into a fabric! The name of the series, “PUTITE ECOLE” means a tiny school. As the name depicts, a variety of scenes happening in animal school are featured. Look, animals like a slightly tall bear and giraffe, a small mouse and rabbit are all enjoying life in school in their own way.

Exercise H10600-600 Cotton Linen Canvas H10600-600_2

It’s time for the gym class for the animals. They are lined up to practice the radio exercise, a popular Japanese exercise routine. Aren’t they cute?

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Eri Shimatsuka (designer)

Feel the breeze of Finland through her textile

“PIKKU SAARI” featured in our Textile Story column in this October is one of the textile lines inaugurated at Kokka 2015 Fall Collection. When PIKKU SAARI finally got commodified, we put the photo of “SAARIST”, which is one of prints from PIKKU SAARI and depicting the islands in the sea surrounding Helsinki, on our Instagram page. Instantly, “like” posts for the photo took off as well as international comments about the textile, such as “I want it!” and “Where can I buy it?”. Here is the interview with Eri Shimatsuka, who is the creator and designer of PIKKU SAARI giving you the breeze of Finland through her textile.

kokka-fabric.com_eri_shimatsuka_01(Pic: Shimatsuka’s home-cum-studio in Helsinki. She enjoys the view of a maple tree and the changing of seasons through the big window in front of her desk.) (KF): You were born in Japan but currently live in Helsinki, Finland. Could you please tell us why you moved to Helsinki?

It goes all way back to my junior high school days. At the age of 13, I was asked by my mother’s friend if I was interested in joining in a summer homestay program in Finland. It was a completely unexpected question for me, and I had no knowledge about the country. Somehow, I said yes. It was my first trip overseas. Everything was so new to me, and I really fell in love with Finland. The intoxicating experience induced me to study English more as well as greeting phrases in Finnish.
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