This shoulder bag features a linen fabric, Lei nani, from naniIRO textile’s 2016 new collection.
The color is white and the bag makes use of a somewhat see-through light texture with a combination of a solid yellow lining fabric. As the days become warmer in this season, the floral design on the fabric stands out brightly against the ray of sun.
“I was picturing a picnic and cycling on an Indian summer day. It is a bag that is soft and gentle, and can be enjoyed like a piece of clothing. The tender material feels comfortable to your skin. It’s so light that you will even forget that you are carrying it.” (by Yuki Inomata)
Fabric shown for this sample: (Panel outer fabric, Shoulder strap a,c）
naniIRO Lei nani JG10311 （D） water silhouette (Water Silhouette)
(Bottom outer fabric, Main bag lining fabric, Shoulder strap b, Tab, Loop)
naniIRO J245-1（G） Canarian Yellow
□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric, Shoulder strap a, c): 106cm widex70cm
(Bottom outer fabric, Main bag lining fabric, Shoulder strap b, Tab, Loop):80x70cm
We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
As this thin and somewhat see-through material is not normally used for a bag, I really had to think how to best turn this fabric into something nice. I ended up taking advantage of the see-through look. Picturing a picnic and cycling on an Indian summer day, a yellow lining fabric is applied to create a soft and gentle bag that can be enjoyed like a piece of clothing. The tender material feels comfortable to your skin. It’s so light that you will even forget that you are carrying it.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The seam and edges required special attention. Since the material is see-through, the seam had to look clean and was carefully treated.
KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
While adding a fusible interfacing may create a different look, I ventured to make use of the feel of this unique material.
KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
This thin material is perfect for a piece with gathering or a stole.
KF: Thank you very much, Yuki. Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
Fold the opening of the lining bag so that the seam of the outer bag can be covered for 1cm. Like applying a piping, sew the edges to finish the opening. (avoid sewing the shoulder strap and loop.)
Lastly run a single stitch line over the shoulder strap. Close the opening to finish.