The ‘not Birthday Dress’ 2014, Drape Drape 2, No 2 (again)


So I had birthday earlier this week. I’m not a huge fan of birthdays but I was very spoilt this year by my family, friends and workmates which was rather fun I confess.

I had planned to make a birthday dress but my sewing time in 2014 has been much less than previous years for a whole bunch of reasons. So that didn’t happen this year… alas maybe next.

However I did wear a made-by-me dress to all my birthday dinner events (there was somehow three!) so I figure that kinda counts as a birthday dress. It took me all of about 90 minutes from cutting to hemming.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Side view - with the drapes.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Side view – with the drapes.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Without the drapes in view, it is a very simple singlet dress.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Without the drapes in view, it is a very simple singlet dress. Necklace is a resin by a company called Polka Luca. I fused the hem up as I didn’t want to interrupt the fabric design with a stitch line.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Chevron side

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Chevron side – sorry my arm is in the way and then the camera battery went flat and then I went out to dinner!

If you were at Frocktails recently you would have seen this – probably the most simply dressed person there, wearing what is basically a draped singlet. I struggled with fancy and fuss so I guess this little make personifies my style, something simple with a little bit of a twist.

This is actually my third version of this dress. I made one earlier this year that went unblogged, there didn’t seem much to say. This red/white/blue version is one of my favourite makes. I love the strong contrasts, if I’m wearing it out I wear it with my blue heels and a chunky white silicone Jellystones necklace. When I’m just banging about the house on a weekend, I wear it without jewellery and my flip-flops (aka ‘thongs’ if you are an Aussie). The fabric came from the bargain table at Spotlight and the fabric cost me about $6 all up.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. front view

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. front view. Excuse the face – it was a late, hot, windy summer evening last February. I wore this to work on casual Friday once and was stopped by an elderly gentlemen in the foyer who wanted to tell me I looked ‘spectacular’.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Side front view - chevron side. I've sorted out that seam puckering...

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Side front view – chevron side. I’ve sorted out that seam puckering… and congratulations if you have spotted that my shoes are exactly the same as above just in a different colour!

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Back view - with the drapes.

No 2. from Drape Drape 2. Back view – with the drapes…. and now I’m wondering why I cut all my hair off… oh well it grows.

It’s interesting making the same pattern several times. It goes without saying that the drapier your knit for this design, the better. This final version is perhaps the best in terms of fabric. It’s a DKNY lyocell – which is essentially a rayon knit. It’s extremely lightweight and divine to wear.

This is one of my ‘tried and true’ patterns – in fact I’ve worn all three this weekend. Considering I wasn’t sure about this look on me at all when I made my first one, it’s proven to be a summer wardrobe staple.

Pattern: No 2 from Drape Drape 2, also blogged here.
Fabric: DKNY lyocell knit from The Fabric Store, Sydney. It was $25 a metre, I used 1.1m for this make, you do need fabric that is 150cm wide for this design.
All fabric, patterns, jewellery and shoes purchased by me.

And yes, I got lots of sewing related presents… here are the most ‘sew busy Lizzy’ presents.

Japanese sewing books, 'cotton reel' earrings, t-shirt (enough said) and a very cute silver spoon!

Japanese sewing books, ‘cotton reel’ earrings, t-shirt (enough said) and a very cute silver spoon!

An artwork for my sewing room - a gift form my parents-in-law. Yes, that's Japanese vintage fabric integrated into the work.

An artwork for my sewing room – a gift form my parents-in-law. That’s Japanese vintage fabric integrated into the work. A hasty iPhone photo while on the way to the dinner!

 

What birthday is complete without…

Bollinger....

Bollinger….

 

 

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59 thoughts on “The ‘not Birthday Dress’ 2014, Drape Drape 2, No 2 (again)

    • You would LOVE this and I think it would suit your build. It’s not fitted, overly feminine, just easy to wear… it dresses ‘up’ or ‘down’ and while it’s not plaid… it’s stripes…go for it!

  1. You DO look spectacular! Lizzy, this dress is quintessentially you… Well at least the you I’ve come to “know”. A bit drapey, a bit slinky, a gorgeous print and a perfect beachside look. I already said happy birthday via IG, but here’s wishing you one again.

  2. The elderly gentleman was right – you do look spectacular! I’m on my way to find the Drape Drape book… thank you for sharing both dresses. Now I’m obsessed with the dress — have to make it. I’ll probably wear it as a tunic.

    • This tunic/dress is from Drape Drape 2, I’ve made quite a few pieces from the book. It is ‘Japanese’ sized, that said the pattwrn piece is a simple concept & I think you could apply it to any tank dress with some thought & experimentation – enjoy!

  3. Happy birthday!
    I love that rainbow fabric, which (incidentally) reminds me of the rainbow poly that I coveted in Spotlight when I visited you.
    But both versions are amazing.

  4. I think this shape looks great on you and I actually don’t think it’s overall casual at all. I think it suits the relaxed Aussie “I live by the beach with a big dog & a a very small dog” lifestyle you have going on.

  5. This dress is a winner on you . It requires a great figure as a frame for it which you have, it looks fantastic and the bright coloring is the perfect accent.

  6. Liz, this is such a perfect match between you and your kinda fabric/frock! This is one of my fave makes of yours (both are so counting it as one!)

  7. Happy birthday!
    Beautiful!!! They really suit you and I love the fabrics, I’d never have thought about using stripes for draped garments but it works really well, my favourite is the tie-dye look version.

    Lucky lady with all of the Japanese pattern books for your Birthday, can’t wait to see what you make from them!

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