Dress with Clown-Style Collar Sewing Instructions

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A lovely baby’s dress with a clown-style collar is easy to put on and take off as the neckline and cuff are stretchable. The pretty soft-textured fabric with sprinkles of star embroidery is a thread-dyed jacquard waffle.

Design & Work:Naomi Nohara (lepolepo)


Fabric shown for this sample:LGA-29060-2C


Materials:
□ Fabric : 110cm wide x 1m
□ Elastic tape: 64cm (Braid 6 cord)


Size:For a child with 70-80cm height, body length 42cm, Body width 42cm, Sleeve length 29cm

We interviewed Naomi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The soft and fluffy texture of the waffle fabric is perfect for a baby’s clothing. This fabric in particular, is lovely with star embroideries as an accent. With the appropriate thickness, it was easier to sew than you think.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The neckline and cuff can stretch with the elastic tape. It makes it easy to put it on a baby who does not stay still. The loose body and sleeve make it versatile, allowing babies to wear it as a tunic blouse when they get older. By using the same pattern for both front and back, it was intended to be an easy- to-sew project. The process is simple, so I would really like sewing beginners to try making this dress.

KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
When attaching the collar to the body, please be extra careful with the front and back direction.

KF: How should we incorporate this dress into baby’s styling?
By modifying the length to be shorter, it can easily turn into a blouse. If you have remnants, this soft-textured fabric will become useful as a baby’s wipe cloth or small cases and bags.

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

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Tunic Dress Sewing Instructions

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Being able to enjoy it during different seasons as a dress or for a layered look, a tunic dress is a versatile item. The featured fabric is a 100% cotton thin canvas from the SIMPLE LIFE series. Modestly large patterns add some impact!

Design & Work:Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample:SIMPLE LIFE YK-69040-1A


Materials:
□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 2m
□ Fusible interfacing: 30cm x 80cm
□ Button: 2cm diameter x 1


Size: Body width 44cm, Dress length 85cm
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◎Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
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Visit artist 017: Ayano Ichiyanagi (Painter / Designer)

Turning a painting into a piece of wearable art

The watercolor artist Ayano Ichiyanagi, who creates paintings with nature-inspired motifs, produces textiles and fashion accessories from her paintings. In June 2019, her textile label “yui” was released from Kokka. Here is a special interview with Ichiyanagi who has been creating beautiful nature themed artworks.

Kokka-fabric.com (KF): You have been making a lot of nature-inspired paintings since you learned graphic design at a design school in your hometown in Shizuoka. Did you like drawing from an early age?

Since I was very young, I have liked drawing and dreamed of my future to “make a living in painting”. But when I was in high school, I couldn’t picture myself feeding myself by painting. That’s why I decided to go on to a local graphic design school to take a step closer to my childhood dream.
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Slit Dress Sewing Instructions

With deeper slits on the side, this dress gives you flexibility and is handy for a layered look! Combining it with a long T-shirt and a pair of denims, it works as autumn and winter’s style accent. The featured fabric is a 100% cotton compass from the Spring flower series

Design & Work: Kokka Fabric


Fabric shown for this sample: Spring flower YKA-69050-1D


Materials:
□ Outer fabric: about 110cm x 260cm


Size: M
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Tucked Handle Bag Sewing Instructions

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This bag is quite unique. The handles also function as outer pockets. Four generous outer pockets become handy for items that you need often, like a handkerchief or lip balm. A cotton linen canvas from Ellen Baker’s PAPER series is used for the handles.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino


Fabric shown for this sample: (Handle, Bottom, Bag panel Lining fabric) PAPER by ellen baker EKXA-5201-2C


Materials:
□ Fabric (Handle, Bottom, Bag panel Lining fabric): 100cm×70cm
(Bag panel outer fabric): 40cm×50cm
(Opening fabric, Pocket): 40cmx30cm


Size: 22cm (l) 28cm (w) 6cm (d)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?。
It has a mature feel with character. While utilizing the impactful design, I came up with an ingenious handle to add another striking feature.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Overall it has the cohesive beige tones with a light accent of blue around the opening. It has a design where the handle continues outward to become a pocket. There are four outer pockets and they are convenient to store and take out miscellaneous items. While the finished line looks straight, the curvy sides add a fun element as it creates a nice shape when the bag is in use.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
You may find piecing together the bottoms difficult. The tip is to cut small slits on the corner seams on the bag side for easier sewing.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will be fashionable if you coordinate it with a beige tone styling. Another way to make it stylish is to carry it as an accent to your all black outfit.

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

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