Perfect for the upcoming season, this light skirt comes in KUPLAN KUKKA (Bubble Flower) from the kuiskaus by the textile designer, Sawako Ura. This season’s two new colors of fabric in salt shrunk #80 lawn, is turned into a reversible skirt. After a silk screen print, the original pattern design by Ura was layered and applied with transparent print and salt shrinking to create this special fabric.
Fabric shown for this sample: kuiskaus（Outer fabric）JG31000-2(E)
□ Fabric 106cm wide×2m
□ Elastic tape: Waist size (1cm wide)
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I once made a ribbon blouse in this series, and remember that the texture was rather solid for a lawn material. This time, in the new colors, I wanted to take advantage of the character of this material. So, I came up with a full circle skirt, hoping to create a look of a pannier or a hoop skirt.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
By itself, the fabric is somewhat thin and see through, and you may think it’s better to attach a liner. By incorporating two new colors, the skirt can be enjoyed both inside and out. The yellow hem peeking behind the purple front adds a nice spring-like accent.
KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
To complement this delicate material, a thin (1cm) waist elastic tape was used. If you like, you could be creative by adding other elastic material, like a rib, for the waist in lieu of the tape.
KF: How should we use this skirt in everyday situations?
It is great for a feminine look as well as for a cute and casual styling with a T-shirt, socks and sneakers.
KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
When you wear it with the shorter side as a front, the hem of the longer lining side will peek out slightly. Apply a flat-felled seam on the hem of the lining side so that it will not look like a lining skirt. In order to create a lighter hem, a narrow rolled edge is used. If you don’t have a serger, apply narrow zigzag stitches. If you finish the hem by folding it, allow at least a 7cm seam.
The side of the shorter skirt will not show, so you may serge or treat it with zigzag stitches. The hem should be treated with a narrow rolled edge. The last potion should slightly overlap the beginning portion as shown. Put the end of the thread through a needle and finish it by putting through in-between the thread and fabric.
For an easier reversible finish, the skirt does not have a belt. Before turning it over, make sure to press the seam with an iron for a clean finish.
Make an elastic loop first. Apply it along the waist and finish stitching it all at once. As shown, place the elastic flat and slowly adjust the fabric as you stitch, rather than stretching the elastic.