Have you guys tried any of the books in the Drape Drape series? Even though it’s a bit out of my standard sewing repertoire (to say the least!), I was seriously intrigued by the amazing, draped creations in these books. Many are single pieces that are “origamied” (my word, made up 🙂 into a garment. I picked up Drape Drape 2, and three patterns immediately caught my attention. With enough fabric to make Dress no. 2, I started with that one. The dress is a tank-top style dress with a dramatic asymmetrical side drape.
First PSA for this pattern review: if you are considering trying these patterns, check the sizing carefully. Based on the measurements, I am a large! I went with L/XL for this pattern, but I think S/M would be better for this particular garment.
The dress is made of a single pattern piece (shown above on my dining room floor). Tracing the pattern from the pattern sheets was a pretty significant challenge, which brings me to my second PSA: use a highlighter to go over the lines before trying to trace it! This pattern is in three sections, which are taped together to make the giant, single pattern piece.
Without exaggeration, pattern prep is the most time consuming part of the process. Sewing is relatively quick, with only a few seams, neck and armhole binding and the hem. For me, the fit was a little large, especially at the armholes, so I took the sides in a lot to keep from showing too much bra. This definitely changed the shape of the dress, so I’ll have to go back to the pattern and do proper adjustments!
The side drape is really lovely, and this is what it looks like stretched:
2015 Resewlution, August garment #1