Drape Drape 2 – No 2 Dress – tell me what you think…

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.

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top


Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top


Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

more walking…

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

Showing off the chevron side seam…

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

more showing off…

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

side/back chevron side – the knit has a sheen and you can see this where the chevrons meet and the colour of the fabric appears to change.

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

the ‘drape’ bit

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

side/back drape side

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.

Drape Drape 2 - No 2

Pattern piece

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

This is the completed dress flat.

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.

Drape Drape 2. Pattern No. 2, the one-piece side drape top

Neckline – I know my thread is the wrong colour but I still only have red, white & black thread for my overlocker. I know…

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!

113 thoughts on “Drape Drape 2 – No 2 Dress – tell me what you think…

  1. 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.

  2. Oh my word. This dress makes me wish I still lived in Aus so I could make and wear it everyday!
    Love it.
    *adds drape drape books to ever expanding list

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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! πŸ™‚

    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.

  10. Looks comfy and cool, you’ll probably get a lot of wear out of it this summer. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜‰ Besides, I don’t have the space to store a bunch of cones and I have a dedicated sewing room!!

  11. 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 πŸ™‚ 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. πŸ™‚

  17. 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….

  18. 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!

    • 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!

  19. 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 πŸ™‚ Metallic strappy heeled sandals still need to be added to my collection, though… yours are fabulous! πŸ™‚

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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

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  25. 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. πŸ™‚
    I am super intrigued by these patterns now!

  26. 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!

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  28. Hi Lizzy,
    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 β€œmy first version”, because I really, really want a stripey one as well! For the first one, I just used fabric I had on handβ€”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 blogβ€”and particularly the Drape Drape garments!

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  35. 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.

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