This skirt features the FABRIC CARAVAN BY YURTAO created by textile designer, Momoko Kinoshita. It has a beautiful silhouette of a circular skirt with a daring use of the biased placement of KUKI TO TANE, a fabric that describes the stalks growing up in a straight fashion. The charm of this skirt is its flexibility, since it caters to both casual or classy styling depending on the coordination.
Fabric shown for this sample: FABRIC CARAVAN BY YURTAO JG50720-1 (B)
□ Fabric: 110cm wide × 2m
□ Elastic Tape: Waist measurement (3cm wide)
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This cotton linen canvas has the right thickness and is very easy to handle. The thickness relates to the tension of the fabric and it helps to create fluffiness without an underskirt.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The basic design motif is a stripe, yet the circular skirt adds movement to this design. With more biased areas, it is easier to create a beautiful flair even with this type of non-drapery fabric and it elevates an elastic waist skirt like this up a notch.
KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
The size is set for a standard Medium to Large, and it is easy to adjust. For reference, reduce the radius of the waist line on the pattern from 33cm to 31cm-32cm for a small size. The elastic waist will require at least the size of your hip to pass through.
KF: How should we use this skirt in everyday situations?
A circular skirt has a more mature shape than a flair or gathered skirt. Even a simple classy coordination will create a stylish look. On the other hand, a casual style with a simple cut and sew shirts or a hoodie will be cute. Why not get yourself in a mood for spring by wearing this skirt?
KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
Fold the fabric in a bias at 1m width and cut the fabric. Please be careful with the direction. If two pieces are cut in the same direction, the design will not align. Where the design will appear as a border, it looks cleaner if the design of the two pieces is aligned.
Create an opening for the elastic on the back side of a waist belt. The belt is attached easily by simply sewing it together with a skirt. This is a fail-proof method even if you are not good at self-bound seaming.
The fabric’s design, stripe, is placed to be the front of the skirt, and the look will be varied depending on which side you would like to bring to the front. The difference is whether the waist belt connection is on the side of the border or not. Depending on the style coordination, it may be fun to enjoy a variation of the look.