Saturday, 2 February 2013

Lace and flowers - Drape Drape 3, No 2 (One pattern drape dress)


Well, I did it! I finally got up the courage to tackle a pattern from Drape Drape 3 by Hisako Sato, which is all in Japanese (well all except the title and some numbers)! OK, I did take the easy option of a dress with only one pattern piece, but hey, it's in Japanese! Baby steps people!


If you have been looking closely, you may have noticed that my version has two sleeves, compared to one in the pattern. I thought one sleeve might be too avant garde even for me (radical, ground breaker that I am), so I used the sleeve from Dress No. 7 in the same book. I shortened and tapered it a bit he cuff to match the other sleeve, but it went in perfectly with no adjustments necessary. The added sleeve is on the left in the pictures and the other sleeve is the drapey one which is formed from the single dress pattern piece.


I used a lace fabric from Textile Traders, which I got for half price in the post-Christmas sales. I think I paid about $15 for the whole piece. The lace has a little bit of stretch to it, but not a lot. That was fine for this pattern.

I finished the neck edge and sleeves with strips of cotton knit sewn to the inside, stretching slightly while sewing. The hem is just turned up twice and stitched in place.


I am wearing this dress with a long, stretchy, singlet-style top (a cheapy from Valleygirl) underneath. I like that the lace is visible on the sleeves and hem, but is more subtle with the white underneath.


The dress is loose and comfortable, but unique with the draped sleeve and the skewed pattern of the lace produced by the line of cutting. I do feel a little bit dressed up in this dress and I will probably only wear it for more special occasions than the daily school run! Maybe a summer evening BBQ or cruise down the coast in a vintage Mustang at sunset with the roof down - if I ever had such an opportunity! I do like it though :)


And because it is a bit dressed up, I decided to take the photos at home using a backdrop made using a sheet draped over a folded table tennis table. The glamour never stops around here. I then had a little play with my new present from Mr Meggipeg - Adobe Photoshop - to make the backdrop look less like a sheet and more like something you might see in a photoshoot. I played around with different ways of altering the background from selecting it and making it all one colour, to creating textures and removing sheet wrinkles with the blur tool. All other wrinkles are the model's own. I have a lot to learn as it's ages since I used Photoshop, but it is good fun.


23 comments:

  1. Hi there! This is gorgeous! I've been debating on getting the Drape Drape books and after seeing your creations, I'm sold! :)

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    1. Thank you :) I am so pleased that I've helped you reach a decision!

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  2. Oh! I love this! It's very trippy gorgeous groovy. And white suits you - perfect for a sunset road trip with your Mr. Wonderful.
    Rock on,
    Coco

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    1. Wow, thanks! I think I like it even more now I've heard it described as 'Trippy, gorgeous, groovy'. Great comment :)

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  3. Very cool. I do like this and the extra sleeve is perfect. It gives the dress balance that the original didn't seem to have. I may have to get this book!

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    1. I'm glad you agree about the sleeve as I wasn't completely sure I was doing the right thing adding the second one. Now I am sure!!

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  4. It looks great as usual. You've inspired me to put Drape Drape 2 on my wishlist. There's a few other books that I'm looking to get this year, so I might just slip that one in at the same time. Oh, and did you know that Drape Drape 3 is coming out in English next month?

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    1. I think I would go for Drape Drape 2 to start off with - good choice! I did know the English version was coming out sometime this year, but this was a Christmas present and it's always good to have a challenge!

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  5. Fabulous dress and grea photos!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :)

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  6. I love it, so cool! And you had me fooled with the photoshop sheet. I figured it was a stop along that ocean view drive in your mustang convertible.

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    1. Ha ha! I'm so pleased you like the dress...and the sheet! Alas, the sunset drive is still a pipe dream, but I'm working on it :)

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  7. I love this dress! You look great in it too.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. Ooh, my comment went missing!

    I think this is a contemporary twist on a "going to San Fransisco" dress (that's a golden sunset in the background, right?!). Very clever combination of fabric and pattern and it suits you. You're building up a very comprehensive wardrobe there!!

    Please pass on any tips you may pick up on getting to grips with Photoshop (good tutes, etc). I'm waiting for my kids to learn it so they can teach me!

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    1. Thanks Marianna. I will be sure to pass on any Photoshop tips if I can, but so far it's all been trial and error and googling when I get really stuck! Still, if my background vaguely resembles a golden sunset, that's all I'm asking at this stage!

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    1. I'm so pleased you like it and thank you for the comment :)

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  10. i love the way you subbed in the extra sleeve. the result is fabulous, and super-wearable.

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  11. This looks fab on you. SO jealous you have book 3! It doesn't come out in the UK for a week or so. Looks like it's a worthy successor to Book 2

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    1. It is a lovely book with lots of different looks to the other two books. Definitely worth getting in my opinion. I am currently working on another dress from Drape Drape 3. Stay tuned!

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  12. This is so cool! I love it! Found you via Sew Well, btw. :)

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    1. Thank you for the comment and for letting me know how you found me. I have popped over to Sew Well to say thanks :)

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