Sunday, August 09, 2015

Drape Drape 2: no. 4

After my first go with the Drape Drape patterns, I had to make another!  This top, garment no.4,  is another single-piece garment with asymmetrical sleeves and dramatic side drape.  Here's the pattern piece on the floor:
I went with the sizing on the chart (L/XL), but should have cut the S/M.  After sewing the garment and taking these photos, I made adjustments to the hem, sleeve length and side seam that exactly mimic what the smaller size would have been.  
How incredible are the stripes as they move around the garment?  I aimed to have exactly horizontal stripes across the chest, and the rest fell according to the pattern.  The fabric is a bamboo lycra from my local fabric shop.
I raised the neckline by about 2" and it is still a little lower than I'd like, but perfectly wearable.
Here's the extended image (above)--the sleeves are significantly different in construction, so they do feel a little weird while wearing it.  But overall, the top couldn't be much comfier!  
Again, I'm seriously impressed with these patterns.  The product feels really fashion-forward and dramatic, without a huge amount of effort.  And with some high-end silk knits, the look could be even more amazing!  
No pattern matching here!  

The petal skirt is next on the docket!

2015 Resewlution, August garment #2



17 comments:

  1. Perfect!!! You nailed it with the "fashion-forward and dramatic, without a huge amount of effort." - yes! it looks amazing. (I might have just made my 6th)

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    1. Wow, 6 of them! Were any of those versions silk jersey?? I'm dying to try, but at about $45/ yd, I'm a little nervous!

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    2. Understandably! Silk jersey isn't easily found over here, so not yet. Fabric Tragic pointed out the most important bit, 2way/4way stretch is easiest - I found I had to slash the waist after adding 2 inches to my blue version & I've given it away. It really looks best in the light weight 4 way stretch; even after adding extra so that a single direction stretch fits, they still don't hang quite as nicely.

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  2. Looks great in stripes. I have one cut out now so should try to make it tonight!

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    1. Go go go! Hope it turns out fabulous!

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  3. Looks amazing! I love how the stripes fall.

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    1. I'm so pleased with the look, too--I know it would look lovely in a plain fabric, but the stripes really give more dimension to the top!

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  4. Just make sure your silk has 2 way stretch! My first version didn't and super snug around the ab!

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    1. Oh you are right! The silk jerseys I was looking at are only 2 way stretch. Eep, that would have been a disaster! I may have to try it anyhow, and just make accommodations :)

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  5. These are very cool, I do like the drape!! Nicely done!!!

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    1. Thanks, Betsey! It's such an unusual style for me, but I'm enjoying the change of pace!

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  6. This looks like such an effortlessly chic top - the perfect top in other words :)

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    1. Oh thank you! It is pretty effortless, and I feel much more modern than I usually do! I'll definitely be making more!

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  7. Fantastic Nicole. I love the way the stripes go up, down and around. Such a cool way to cut and sew.

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    1. It's like crazy origami!

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