A whimsical print fabric with dogs popping out here and there in the townscape is titled Wandafuru Shikake No Machi (a town with wonderful tricks with dogs) from the IHME CHAMBER series. A gathered skirt that makes great use of the fabric’s entire design creates a huge impact. With a yoke, it has a slim looking waist. Additionally, the use of a piping tape moves this skirt up a notch. This cotton linen canvas fabric is also suitable for bags and small item making.
Fabric shown for this sample (Yoke, Front and Back Skirt)：IHME CHAMBER EEA-2002-1A
Fabric: 110cm wide×1.8m
□ Braided Elastic: 1.8m (6 cord)
□ Piping cord: 105cm (piping width 0.3cm)
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I thought the design of this fabric stands out when seen from a distance. So I came up with a skirt which uses a lot of fabric, allowing these design elements to be introduced on a large surface. The material itself may be more suited for bags or interior décor items, but this gathered skirt takes advantage of the fabric’s tension.
KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
A piping cord is placed in-between the yoke and skirt as an additional touch. Such a small step could make the skirt look sharp.
KF:What are some tips for making this skirt?
The piping cord could add slight tension to the yoke. If you are slim, adjust the width to match your body for a better fit.
KF:How should we incorporate this skirt into one’s styling?
For the elastic waist, multiple thin elastic cords are used so that it is easier to tuck into your shirt or top. A slim-fitting top can be tucked in, while an oversized knit or parker can be worn over the skirt for a casual look. This gathered skirt is quite versatile.
KF:hank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!