It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Japanese fabrics, and I’m about to do more of these post because my favorite fabric shop Nekonekofabric has been adding more of these to the store. There are many new collections to introduce so I’ll do it one by one! I’ll need time to sew them up as well you see…
Today’s post is about a fabric from Kokka fabrics, from See Design by Donna Gorman.
This fabric, in fact, has been in Nekonekofabric’s store for a while now, and as I’m usually not really a pink person, I didn’t think very much about it. But when I actually saw the fabric real life, I was immediately struck by how Marimekko it looked! I’ve always been a big fan of Marimekko designs. Especially the geometric prints. In my younger days I used to buy their bags and even bought some fabric for my stash. The fabric was soooo expensive that I can’t bear to cut it up.
And then recently, this popped up in my Facebook feed. About a free pattern project using the latest See Design fabric on Kokka’s English blog. The project is a balloon bag and you can find this and more free patterns from Kokka’s English website here http://kokka-fabric.com/en/craft-sewing/balloon-bag/. But what really caught my attention…..
The featured project is a puffy bag in the shape of a balloon made with the seedesign series by designer Donna Gorman. Gorman, who worked at Marimekko for 24 years and is now active as a freelance textile designer, expresses her vision and contemporary design through the seedesign series with a variety of products.
I immediately went to search out the rest of the designs and got really excited when I found out that Nekoneko was bringing in some of these new prints! (ETA : These are not available in store yet but I will add the links on once they are made available!)
So when I know that new fabric is coming in, I suddenly feel more daring about sewing up my existing stash. I even deliberately wanted to make it look more Marimekko like so I surfed around for Marimekko bag designs and found one in my Japanese sewing book. So here it is!
Presenting the tulip bag with two convenient outer pockets. A simple golden magnetic clasp enclosure. The original design didn’t come with any zips/closures but I wanted one to stop things from falling out 😂
As I wanted the bag to stand up on it’s own, I used byAnnie’s Soft and Stable foam interfacing (it’s a sew-in and not fusible) from 2Quilters.com. The lining is from Cotton+Steel Basics range – Counting Stars.
The pattern is called a tulip bag and it’s from this book (aff link to cdJapan)
I hope you like what I made and I’ve got lots more yummy fabrics to show you soon! Till next time!