It’s the Drape Drape superhero look! The pattern is dress #17 from the Japanese book Drape Drape. I had to make it after I saw many other Drape Drape garments in sewing blogland. I am always impressed with them. This was a really interesting project. Tracing and making sense of the pattern kind of made my brain hurt, partly because the pattern sheet is unbelievably confusing. I had to take a break on several occasions to refresh my thinking.
The fabric is a bamboo rayon knit from Fabric Mart. The color combo came out unexpectedly superhero-y, like perhaps I need a matching cape. To achieve the swirly effect, I pieced together the white and red before I cut out the dress pattern pieces.
The dress uses a LOT of fabric, and it is a bit weighty. I am not sure if the weight will bother me when wearing the dress. I stayed the side seams with rayon seam binding, and stayed the armholes with clear elastic. These things should keep the dress from growing vertically from the weight.
One problem with these drapey designs is the view from the side. There’s a lot of bulk, and it can look, well, bulky. Also, the neckline is hugely wide. I safety pinned it to my bra straps to keep it on my shoulders. Perhaps I will add lingerie holders.
Here are some links to others in blogland who have made lovely items from Drape Drape:
Shams made this
Trena made this
Karin made this one
Transient Beauty made this one
Meg made this
Meg made this, too
I apologize if you have blogged about your Drape Drape creation and I have missed you. If you could leave a link in the comments, I would love to see what you have made.