I was lucky enough to pick up copies of Drape Drape 1 and 2 on Ebay recently. Both books were in pristine condition and ended up costing less than half the retail price of one of them. Yay me!
I have pined after these books for a while now. While I like the Japanese aesthetic (all those lovely Liberty, loose floaty dresses and smocks!), I have been a bit leery of buying any of the books as loose, boxy shapes generally look awful on me, and while I am about average height, I would be on the end of the Large size and was a bit worried if anything would actually fit! But the Drape Drape styles are mostly in jersey so I figured that fit wouldn’t be as much of an issue.
I picked one of the easy ones to start with. This top with a side drape.
Kathleen Fasanella wrote a useful review of the book here, and also shows a mock up of this style.
Here is mine.
I used a vintage cotton jersey with a wide navy and white stripe. I didn’t have quite enough fabric so I cut the pattern on the cross grain which means the stripe runs diagonally across the body, which was a bit of a win as it gives the top a bit of a seventies vibe.
A few points:
Seam allowances are included in the pattern, so watch out for that if you are used to Burda!
The pattern is actually 3 separate pieces that you trace and then join. Took me a while to figure that out! And when the instructions say that you need 1.2 metres, then you need 1.2 metres! I usually ignore yardage information on commercial patterns as they are generally so wasteful, but this is just one pattern piece so you do need that full length (unless of course you shorten it).
Despite being in Japanese, the tracing was so much easier then Burda. Less lines on the paper and a slightly heavier paper stock, and this pattern was only two sizes so very easy to find the right line to trace.
Patternreview is here.
I love this top! I was in desperate need of some basic tops for everyday, and I have already worn this 3 times. It is a perfect fit, I didn’t need to muck about with too many changes, quick and easy to sew and looks casual and dressy at the same time. Now I just need to find some time to whip up some more!
Note: apologies for lack of decent photos. As my tripod has gone walkabout, the resident 5 year old is now in charge of photography. Using my phone. So this is probably the best it is ever going to get!