Drape, Drape and Awayyyy!


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.  

The back view

Side view Side View. I am kind of amazed that I managed to match the motifs at the side seams.



  1. Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t see anything superhero about this at all! Actually I love the red & white combination and think it must be awesome to wear!

  2. Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    That dress is fantastic. I agree, nothing superhero-y at all!

  3. Posted July 20, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love this dress. I have been eying this pattern as well. On my blog http:\\seeimadeit.blogspot.com I have posted the Drape Drape patterns I have made so far (entries are under May). Next one from this book has to be the cover dress! By the way, Drape Drape 2 was just released a few weeks ago. I think the only place to get it right now is on amazon.jp.

    • Posted July 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink | Reply

      Wow, these are great! I am also intrigued by dress #3, and it is nice to see it made up. Nice job.

  4. Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I adore your version of this dress. I bought this book nearly a year ago, but haven’t made anything yet. I love everything in it, but never have enough metres of fabric on hand!

  5. Posted July 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine: I’m thinking of making 3 also – but the book (without English instruction) intimidates me.

  6. Posted July 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great version of the Drape Drape dress. I love the use of the two colors and the way my eyes follow their flow. I have got to get my book back from the friend I loaned it to and try one of the garments myself.

  7. Janis
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just love it! So…I want to be you when I grow up. I don’t think I’ll live that long 🙂

  8. Posted July 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    FYI, Ms. Hisako Sato published Drape Drape 2.
    Sorry for the following link which is rather long.


    I really enjoy reading your adventures.


  9. Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hmm…. I might have to make this one too, it’s fabulous! I was considering turning one of the drape drape 2-patterns into a cowl-neck drape dress but I now see there is a pattern for one already!
    I made four more drape drape-things now, a skirt, two dresses and a t-shirt, here they are:

    • Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, and thanks for the links to your creations.

  10. Posted October 4, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    That looks great! I am getting that book and tryin’ some drapes! =)

  11. Posted October 26, 2010 at 1:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    This looks great! I just got drape drape 2 and have made a couple things from drape drape.



  12. Posted April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The dress is uniquely gorgeous and worth the pain.

  13. Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the color blocking!

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