Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Perfect for clothing for both children and adults

Continued from last column, we are introducing Ellen Baker’s new collection, Rough Cut. This time double gauze fabric is featured. The double gauze has two thick layers of fabric that are stitched together to create a super soft and cozy fabric, perfect for clothing and baby items.

Matchsticks JG42600-600 double gauze JG42600-600_2

For the Matchsticks design in double gauze fabric, I wanted to create a simple design for apparel.

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Bib Apron in Coffee Color

Size: 90cm (body length)

Why not get into a cheerful mood in this stylish bib apron in a season filled with many home parties? The featured premium double gauze fabric has a nice and soft texture that fits your body line. The secret to the silky feel of this blended fabric is a material called Rexcell. “With no need to iron and the right fit to your body, this fabric is perfect for an apron!”, the creator Anriko raves. By adding a gusset on the side, she came up with an easy-to-sew process with only straight stitches. Let’s try this project!

Design & Work:Anriko

Fabric shown for this sample:P38300-301 (E)

□ Fabric (body): 115cm wide×1m
   (Gusset, Pocket (calico)): 30cm×30cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 10cm×10cm
□ Twilled tape: 2cm wide x 205cm


We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This double gauze is slightly different from the conventional one. With a blend of Rexcell (new fabric by Fujibo, using natural fiber of the eucalyptus tree, like Tencel), the texture is soft and fluffy like a gauze, yet it is beautiful with a silky look that fits perfectly to your body.
When I make an apron, I always select a fabric that feels natural to your body without an ironing. This fabric may be upscale for an apron, yet it perfectly fits my profile.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
To take advantage of the texture with Rexcell, I added the drape around the chest. The back is not widely open, so you can cover your hips, a nice feature when you put it on in a setting where there are people around you.

KF: What are some tips for making this apron?
If you use a pattern, you can just use a simple straight stitch from the chest to the bottom skirt with a curved line. For this project, I created a process without a pattern, making it easy for cutting. I added the gusset to strengthen the areas where tensioned. If you find it too much trouble, then you can substitute with a curve.

KF: How should we use this apron in everyday situations?
It can be worn like a wraparound skirt, so it is not for people who need to put it on and take it off frequently. It is a high quality, visually attractive, stylish apron and great to wear in a work setting or at a home party.

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

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Rough Cut

Created from papercut designs

Very popular designer, Ellen Baker’s new fabrics are here. The name is ‘Rough Cut’.
“Rough Cut was created from my papercut designs, which were cut by hand on paper, then transferred digitally to be printed onto fabric. This allowed much of the handmade feel to come through in the final product. My fabric works well for clothing, home decor, bags, and quilts.”(Ellen Baker)

Mosaic  JG42500-500 Cotton/Linen Canvas JG42500_500_2

The Mosaic design echoes tribal designs with a geometric twist, ideal for home decor or bags.

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Lesson Bag & Shoe Case Set

size:(Bag) about 30cm (l) x about 40cm (w)
(Shoe Case)about 28cm (l) x about 20cm (w) ※ Handles excluded 

A fabric series inspired by a picture book, The Friends at the Acorn Village (Gakken Plus) by Miwa Nakaya is turned into a set consisting of a lesson bag and shoe case. A solid transition fabric at the bottom of both pieces looks nice as an accent. This series in pink will be great for a girl’s bag and case combined with a solid fabric and flat tape in red or pink colors.

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric

Fabric shown for this sample:
 The Friends at Acorn Village JG47100-2 (A)

□ Outer fabric A: 110cm wide x 50cm
□ Outer fabric B: 110cm wide x 20cm
□ Lining fabric: 110cm wide x 70cm
□ Fusible interfacing (medium thickness): 90cm wide x 70cm
□ Flat tape: 25mm wide x 102cm
□ D ring: 25mm wide x 1


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

Portable Box Tissue Case

Size: 24cm× about 12cm (when tab is opened)

This convenient tissue case will allow you to convert a box of tissue into something portable. The fabric from PUTITE ECOLE series with motifs of girls in love with a ballet is featured. A tab and snap buttons make the case compact and portable. Masumi Saito, who is always full of unique ideas and known for her small cute items is sharing her creation.

Design & Work:Masumi Saito(sinafuku)

Fabric shown for this sample:PUTITE ECOLE H10400-401 (B)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 40cm x 30cm
(Lining fabric): 40cm×30cm
□ Ring Snap Button: 3 pairs (1cm diameter)


We interviewed Masumi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It has such lovely design that makes girls feel something special. So I wanted to come up with an item that you can always carry around.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
With one of the sides that can fully open, it is easy to refill the case.

KF: What are some tips for making this case?
It is an easy project even for sewing beginners with mostly straight lines for cutting and sewing.

KF: How should we use this case in everyday situations?
Though snap buttons are used this time, you can substitute it with a Velcro or rope so that it can hang on the wall.

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

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