For Christmas I received Drape Drape from my very thoughtful parent-in-laws (thank you!). I liked it so much I immediately jumped online and purchased Drape Drape 2 and Drape Drape 3… so you can expect some drape bingeing in 2014…
First up is a very simple draped singlet-style dress – or the ‘one piece side drape top’… it’s photographed as a dress in the book and I’m not much of a tunic wearer so it’s a dress for me too! Helen of FunkBunny in Melbourne discovered Drape Drape around the same time… and has made a nearly identical dress! We discussed on twitter how long this dress should be – I think perhaps longer, I’m wondering whether as the hemline rises, the hips look bigger… or is more legs a bonus?
I’m throwing a bunch of images at you so you can see the dress from different angles and in motion… one of the things I enjoy most are bloggers who include lots of images and angles… particularly of the clothes ‘in motion’ after all that’s the reality of wearing them – I like to see how they ‘behave’. Some things look fabulous when you stand still and then hideous with movement. This garment does change with movement, sliding across curves and hanging loose, it’s interesting…
I can’t quite decide what I think about this look on me… I do think that it will be worn a lot in summer, it’s too easy, loose and cool not to wear… but does it suit me? I’m sure you will advise accordingly – please feel free to be honest – I’m interested in your opinion.
Scared of Drape Drape?
Don’t be. If you can sew knits you can conquer these books. Once you wrap your head around the different style of construction, the unusual pieces and trace off the patterns, the projects are mind-bendingly fun.
The finished garment shapes are achieved from either draping (as in this project), gathering, pleating – and a combination of all in some cases. It’s a great exploration in different pattern shapes and fabric behaviour – I’m fascinated I confess.
The sizing is small as it’s Japanese – I’ve cut this as the small/medium size.
The neckline is supposed to be finished with a bias binding style finish. I tried this and it was just impossible with this fabric weight – it’s just far too flimsy. So I unpicked the neckline… which was overlocked. Yes it took forever. I finished the neckline and armholes with bindings ala Sewaholic Renfrew style.
Fabric: lightweight ‘crushed’ rayon striped knit from All About Fabric in Tamworth NSW (amazing little shop).
Pattern: Pattern No 2 from Drape Drape 2
Note: I’ve got heels on because I had a quick ‘car change’ as we took photos of another Drape Drape project before this!
I love it! Looks very cool and easy for summer. Has a very RTW type look as well.
That’s true, the style reminds me of one of my beloved RTW labels, Metalicus
Seconding the love vote. Perfect casual wear. I have been stalking this book because I love this dress specifically, it seems to look good on everyone!
It’s a brilliant buy – for the number of patterns and a completely unique look it’s unbeatable value. Don’t resist!
Love it. I wonder if this style would work on (much less slender) me.
The fabric is lovely, especially being able to feature that chevron seam. And it looks sooooo comfy.
There is one size above this. You could potentially slash and spread it I think… I think it works on different body types as that draped side is very deceptive!
Oh my word. This dress makes me wish I still lived in Aus so I could make and wear it everyday!
*adds drape drape books to ever expanding list
Put Drape Drape at the top of the list – for the number of patterns & uniqueness this is great value!
I like it a lot. The chevron seam is remarkable!
It’s very cool – worth cutting out carefully for!
I love the length on you and the drape play with the stripes. Brilliant chevron seam! I think it would be fun to see the dress in a firmer knit too.
There could be one coming… although I have several projects on the go!
You look fabulous!! I like the length as is.
Thanks Helen, it’s just as I cut it!
I think it works because the fabric is soft and drapey enough that as you move it hints at your lovely figure underneath. So even though it is gathered over your hip, it doesn’t make you look hippy or out of proportion. As for length I think because of that drape being subtly revealing, it probably wouldn’t matter at all if it was longer. I’d go for what length like.
Alternatively rather than lengthening the dress itself, what would it be like to extend it by adding a straight width of fabric folded over and sewn to the bottom of the dress like a wide hem band. Uh, Can’t think of the proper word for it, sorry! Anyway it might look quite nice to add length while keeping the overall shape of the draping as it is?
All good points!
However there are longer projects in the book so I could just indulge my obsession and try those.
I love the chevron seam! The dress is very pretty! I’m still doubting if I should buy the books. The’re on my wishlist since forever! Maybe I should buy them next month, now I’m Stashbusting I can stock up on book 😉
I doubted too. Took one look & got them all. Such a different way to sew – refreshing change!
I love it! I agree with all the other commentors that the length looks great on you too! I love seeing what you sew, you definitely inspire me!
Thank you – that’s so lovely to hear! Some days I wonder if I’m an obsessive nutcase but other days I just smile to myself and enjoy it!
I love this on you! It’s very relaxed but still elegant without looking overdone. Does that make sense. I suspect it’s perfect Australian summer wear.
That makes absolute sense! Perfectly put.
Thank you! *takes a bow* 😉
Lizzy you are ON FIRE recently!!!!!!!
I absolutely love this. Love the sheeny fabric, the innovative pattern, the cute shoes.
I am going to have to get a copy of drape drape I think.
Thanks lovely! I’m feeling on the groove and sort of ‘hitting my straps’ .
Although you don’t need ‘a copy’ you need all three 🙂 I think they are great value and offer something completely different…
Just ordered all 3. I am such an impulse buyer.
That’s the best kind! I hope you enjoy them.
I think it’s gorgeous! And I want that book now – except that if there’s only one size above this, I’m not sure it’d be worth it for me. Looking at your pattern piece there though, I might just have a go at drafting something similar myself! THAT would be fun! And probably nowhere near as good 🙂
Perhaps try googling for some images, there are jackets, vests, dresses etc beyond this style that are quite voluminous – I think a lot of it is height – Japanese patterns appear to be drafted for small builds but also shorter heights.
I think you have killer legs so it’s a grest length to show them off. That aside, the length and shape are great. I think it would also look good if you could see a bit more of the draping from front on. Seems a shame that the chevron and draping features are both hidden at the sides but then again they are a nice surprise. I definitely think there’s a lot of scope for play just with that pattern so I’m sure the books are great.
The books are fabulous – I’m so glad I purchased them, gave me a whole new perspective on patterns and knits!
Love it!! Looks smashing on you 🙂
Wow killer dress and killer legs! show them off if you have legs like that! I too am dithering about the books – I love simple designs with interesting details, but often feel like a bit exposed wearing them! We haven’t the weather in the UK at the moment for this anyway!
I can well understand those feelings in the dead of UK winter! There are long sleeved patterns etc and I think you can layer pieces like this with fitted long sleeve t-shirts, leggings etc.
I. Love. It.
You look amazing in this outfit. :o)
Thanks Tania 🙂
i’m surprised you’re unsure about this one, i think it looks amazing on you and suits you just fine! the stripes really define the draping, making it both interesting to look at and not “hip-y” at all. in fact, i think you need a few more versions!
I guess it’s just one of those departures from ‘usual’ that is always a little unsettling at first. It’s really growing on me and I think it will be a summer staple for the rest of the season!
I like it! The style is definitely different and interesting for that reason, and the diagonal stripes add an interesting visual effect. I think you’re right – it seems great for hot summer days when all you want is a lightweight, loose-fitting dress. You definitely have the figure for a slinky dress, so wear it with pride! 🙂
BTW, I’m wondering how the knit “hangs” since it’s on the bias. Does it feel heavy at all?
The knit is so light that the bias or weight isn’t a concern – I suspect it would look different again in a heavier knit. This one is a very fine cotton rayon blend. Fiddly to sew due to the light weight but a nice result.
Looks comfy and cool, you’ll probably get a lot of wear out of it this summer. 🙂 And I too only keep a few basic colors for my serger–white, beige, grey, and black, we’re both either genius or slackers–I prefer genius myself. 😉 Besides, I don’t have the space to store a bunch of cones and I have a dedicated sewing room!!
I have a dedicated sewing room too – but it’s a complete mess at the moment – always happens when I am mad with inspiration!
This. Is. Fabulous. You look stunning in it Lizzy. Definite win.
Thanks VK as always 🙂
This is absolutely lovely! It really, really suits you, Lizzy. It’s both casual and chic, which can be so hard to pull off, but this finds that balance perfectly. I adore how the stripes highlight the side draping. Gorgeous!
Aww thanks 🙂 I think it’s going to be in regular rotation this summer – it’s too comfortable not to wear and I’m getting used to the unusual combination of slinky/sexy/loose…
Well, I absolutely love it! I think it looks spectacular on, so casual but elegant. It’s effortless, like you’re one of those people who doesn’t seem to care about what you wear at all, but somehow ends up with the most beautiful, interesting pieces because your eye and instinct is just that good.
Now that sounds perfect for visiting a gallery or a groovy bar…
Oh, this is amazing! It’s so effortless, I like the stripes and I like how you haven’t over styled. I say this is a winner! Do these patterns only come in small sizes? It doesn’t look as though they would be difficult to change, but it is a little bit of a bother. I would love to see the dress in #2 that is somewhat simple and long looking, I will have to check them all out. Thank you for sharing them!
They are all intriguing. I have a fascinating with the batwing dress and the sleeveless dress with the massive cowl, and the t-shirt, and… oh the list just goes on and on!
I think it’s elegant! I love the everyday fabric with the special drapey construction.
Yup- its beezy, but well executed! Like it!
*stamp of approval gratefully received* thanks Anne!
This is gorgeous! I love it on you! The length is perfect, too– if you can show off your legs, you should (say I, whose legs have been covered for MONTHS at this point, stupid winter)! I think it’s flattering and even sexy, which is sort of a surprise for a knit dress.
Now I’m wondering what would it look like in silk jersey…
I think that it looks wonderful. It is different from your usual style, and I think that you look very relaxed and comfortable in it. The length is great, and that perfect stripe matching at the side makes an excellent detail. Keep on sewing from Drape Drape!
It’s quite like my old favourite RTW label Metalicus… so I suspect I will be indulging myself in lots of Drape Drape in the coming year. That’s if I can find the fabrics – knits are hard to come by where I live unfortunately. I waited for a trip to Tamworth for this one! There is a lovely indie store there with a great selection of knits.
On you it is soooo lovely. On me… I would probably fill out the drape with my hips!
Nothing wrong with girly curves!
It looks fabulous – and as identified it is great for your legs and Aussie summer. I was bought DD” by my wonderful sister for Christmas but will be making this to wear as tunic at my vintage. Best not to scare the horses. 🙂
I think it would be a fab tunic – and easily layered for a different look… now there’s a thought!
Wow, you look stunning!! I must dust off this book and get cracking! With the hideous heat in Adelaide this week I think I need one of these….
Absolutely – and once you figure out the construction you will stitch it up in no time! Even better in the heat!
Ooh awesome fabric choices! The dress looks fantastic on you – inspired me to try it too!
excellent! That’s what I like to hear!
Tell you what I think?
I think your legs look amazing!!
I think the chevron is ACE!!
Thanks gorgeous girl!
The dress is lovely and looks great on you. I’ve seen the drape books but haven’t known what they’re about. Your dress makes me want to try them, it looks so cool, just perfect for heatwaves.
I would encourage you to try them! I had been a little scared of them to be honest but they are honestly find once you trace the patterns (hardest bit) and mark the fabric. I also received Pattern Magic and that’s a lot more mind-blowingly hard!
It most definitely does suit you! It’s lovely. Really great, interesting shape. And oh my, what killer pins you have!!
That’s reassuring to here as I was too busy at work to exercise before Christmas and the back injury put me out of action for this month – however Fitness February is nearly here!
Yes, most definitely a great length – you gotta show off them legs hon! I adore those shoes, too, they are a really nice pair with the dress – sort of casual meets cocktail ^__^ I think you have a perfect figure to be able to carry off the Drape Drape fashions so I will look forward to seeing all your DD creations!!!
Thanks mate! Note: I used to be a huge shoe fan… my collection is dwindling as my fabric stash grows! Plus it appears the last couple of years have been declared the International Year of the Ugly Shoe so I’ve found it easy to resist adding to my collection… I do love a pair of metallic strappy heeled sandals.
Fellow shoe fan here!!! Having a good collection ensures you can live through shoe droughts, right? LOL 🙂 Metallic strappy heeled sandals still need to be added to my collection, though… yours are fabulous! 🙂
This dress looks great on you! I think the length is perfect for your long legs! This dress would definitely not look as good on me!
I think you underestimate yourself – apart from the fact you are gorgeous… I think we have a very similar frame and this might just be perfect for you!
Your dress looks fantastic. I made this pattern a couple of years ago and have worn it a LOT! I always get compliments on it. I made mine from a long skirt so had to turn the pattern slightly to fit it on the fabric. I don’t know if this is the reason, but my finished dress turned out quite a bit longer than I expected. Enjoy the draping!
Thanks! I was only looking at yours before I wrote up the post… and said to my husband – “oh look! it was a skirt – how awesome” 🙂
Love the dress! Looks awesome on you!
I really like this on you, it looks so effortless and really suits your stature. I have always admired the interesting style lines of the Drape Drape books. They have such a cool, laid back but somehow still dressed up look about them. More please!
Yes boss (tshirt post is in the works)… and how much are you loving the WordPress commenting system?
Ah yeah, totally loving it 🙂
I admit I am totally converted now!
So pleased you left the dark side – makes chatting so much easier!
This looks fab on you and the dress really comes into it’s own when it’s made up in stripes. It’s funny that you should be unsure of it on you as when I made it I had the same feeling. But it really does look sensational on you and is just so flattering.
I think the shape is such a departure for the usual RTW that it takes some getting used to! Now I’ve had time to reflect I realise that it’s quite like some of my old Metalicus pieces which I so revered for years… so I think that more Drape Drape is needed in my life!
Yup, I agree with everyone else, it’s a total winner! I think the shorter length is perfect for a dress with more volume- I imagine it could turn frumpy pretty quickly if it was too long. I also think this style could look really cute with a wide (i.e. 15~20cm) band across the bottom cut shorter than the hem to kind if cinch it in. Anyway, I hope you continue to wear it because I can see how this would be the ultimate summer run around dress 🙂
That’s exactly what someone said earlier about adding a band. I think for a casual dress I can live with the length… fortunately my kids no longer need to be carried so bending over isn’t such an issue any more LOL
Winner. Keep it this length. I would be so stoked if I could get my stripes/chevrons to work so well. How cool!
I was careful cutting out as I felt that mismatched chevrons might spoil the look. Overall though – a super easy dress to make (ignoring the neckline blunder). Thanks Maria!
My daughter would love one of these. Love your version.
The good news Gail is that it’s a super easy sew so you will be Mother of the Year in no time!
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I’m in the ‘yes’ camp too. It looks like the perfect dress for summer, casual with flip flops and chic with those heels!
I generally love the look and the chevron side.
You mention it being shorter maybe adding bulk? I actually think if anything it is where the draping part falls. It can add curves in desirable places. Maybe if it was longer it may not hit you right at the hips with the draping part. I dont think it adds bulk to you though by the way. But this was just my thinking regarding the length. Generally more leg means one looks taller and slimmer. 🙂
I am super intrigued by these patterns now!
My hunch was correct… you are indeedy born to wear this kinda thing!! I love the top, but this is fabulous. I watched Helen bring hers together last social sewing from my peripheral vision (busy freakin out about my own sewing) and it looked hella funky. Love it!
Thanks Mel… I think I need more of these in my life. It surprised me but I’ve fallen in love with it.
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LOVE IT! The draping… the way you matched the diagonal stripes at the seam. Your creativity got kicked into high gear for this one. Keep up the great work.
I’m a tad late to comment on this post, but I just thought I’d let you know that you’ve inspired me to make my own version of this dress. Make that “my first version”, because I really, really want a stripey one as well! For the first one, I just used fabric I had on hand—and sadly I didn’t have any stripes.
I can’t wait for summer to arrive over here! I want to wear my new dress!
If you want to take a look, it’s here: http://plok.plokta.org/finished-drape-drape-2-no-2-draped-dress/
Thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog—and particularly the Drape Drape garments!
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I love this! I want to try to make this with a drape on both sides. I have a beautiful Joseph Ribkoff shirt /top which has A line back, but this drape effect on the front and I always love wearing it.
I’ve worn these dresses a lot, very easy to wear & dress up or down.
There is an out-of-print Vogue pattern by Issey Miyake, 1238, that has a drape on both sides.
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