7 September 2012

Drape Drape 2





Mmm... don't you just love Japanese pattern books? Even better, ones that have been translated into English! I have to admit I haven't yet actually made anything from a Japanese book. But if, like me, you're interested in the technicalities of pattern construction, it's enough just to stare at the diagrams to get your brain whirring and your heart racing at the wonder of it all.





Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato has recently been translated into English. It features 14 amazing designs which all play around with the form created by hanging fabric. The designs are all loose-fitting, modern styles designed for lightweight fabric. As with the Pattern Magic books, a lot of them are a bit too futuristic for my preppy style, but there are 3 or 4 I have bookmarked to make - and it would be a satisfying challenge to do so. The book includes full scale traceable patterns for all the designs, plus clear diagrams and instructions on how to construct them.





Have you ever made a drapey garment like one of these from Drape Drape 2?

Disclosure: This book was sent to me to review by the publisher. Rest assured that I only give my honest opinions.

23 comments:

  1. I love that last design. Would look great layered with woolly tights and ankle boots (or am I just getting too much into the Autumnal spirit?)

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  2. I belong to thos that were not patient enough to wait for the translation. I made that last design, but be aware that the japanese have their own morphology ie their size L is like a size s or m in Germany...

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  3. This loos like a very interesting book! Thanks for sharing! Do you think most of these could be made with a normal sewing machine or would you need a serger? The last image looks like it's made from jersey

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    1. There are ways of sewing jersey without a serger, it's not essential.

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  4. I have not made anything from Drape Drape yet. I find some models unwearable and/or not suitable for the "Western" body-type. Having said that, a few garments from this issue had caught my eye. Now I just need to find the time for sewing all garments from my list ;)

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  5. I love Japanese pattern books! As much as I would love to make and wear some of the outfits I know the style does not suit me and wouldn't be flattering. Doesn't stop me devouring them as eye candy though...

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  6. The loose drapey style is pretty, but not my favorite and it doesn't suit me at all, so no plans on making something in this style. The theory of the pattern construction looks interesting though =)

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  7. Draping fabric is something that we always hear about on Project Runway, but I personally never think about when sewing my own clothes. Definitely a "next level" technique. You inspire me to be a bit more ambitious! I love the photographs in the book.

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  8. I haven't made anything yet, but I got double of these books, both in Japanese and English! :) who know it was gonna be translated... so now I'll just keep the japanese ones for curiosa. :) There's a Drape Drape 3 as well but I don't think it's been translated yet.

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  9. I have Drape Drape 2, but had forgotten about it until you mentioned it. I agree that it is probably a notch beyond my skills at the moment, but interesting. Not sure it suits my very zaftig body type, but, that said, a friend just gave me some jersey knit fabric, and it might suit something.

    I also have I Am Cute Dresses (but nothing there will work on my figure, although there are great ideas there). And I have Simple Modern Sewing, which I LOVE! I have made two pairs of pants, a top, and a wrap dress from this. I wear the items a LOT. Recommend this book.

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    1. Those books sound lovely... even just the titles!

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  10. I have Drape Drape 1 that's been translated into English, but I haven't made anything from that book yet.

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  11. Cute, although I don't think those patterns would work very well on my 48 yo body! LOL! To be honest, I find the pictures shown to be amusing... it is a Japanese pattern book with very caucasian models that look not-at-all-happy to be wearing the clothes. Fashion can be highly entertaining to me.....

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  12. Cute, although I don't think those patterns would work very well on my 48 yo body! LOL! To be honest, I find the pictures shown to be amusing... it is a Japanese pattern book with very caucasian models that look not-at-all-happy to be wearing the clothes. Fashion can be highly entertaining to me.....

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  13. Very interesting designs, but nothing I would make or could wear. The styles would not be flattering on my body type (short and very curvy) and definitely would not fit into my lifestyle! My day can include everything from chairing a meeting to crawling under a desk to take care of computer issues/installations! *LOL*


    Taja

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  14. The look really interesting technically but like you am not sure if I'd really wear them......apart from that last one. That's gorgeous!!!!

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  15. I like the last one, too, with a sweater & wooly tights & biker boots!

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  16. I'm currently making dress 10 from Drape Drape 1, and the pattern and sewing are straightforward although it remains to be seen what the dress looks like on as in terms of this pattern I'm a size XL.

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  17. I have made a couple of things from Drape Drape 2- the ruched skirt and the tshirt. Both came together really easily and i have had a ton of compliments for them both. The diagrams were enough for me, I didn't find that I needed to read instructions (luckily as I only have the Japanese version)

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  18. I've made garments from them - some with greater success than others. I think the fabric selection is critical because the construction is usually relatively simple. Here's one of the more successful attempts...
    http://sewindigo.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/drape-drape-2-dress-missoni-fabric.html

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  19. I have made some Drape Drape pieces as well. I purchased all three books in Japanese, as I don't mind figuring directions out from the pictures. I made the side-drape top this spring, and I've also made a muslin for the dd2 top no. 4 (haven't found the right fabric yet). I've also made the gather drape dress no. 3 and another woven top.

    http://hangingthreads.blogspot.com/2012/10/drape-drape-project-updates.html

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  20. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I have drape drape 2 and am struggling with the diagrams for two of the dresses (no. 7 and no. 11) and am wondering if you could possibly take photos of the basic text. If only I could read Japanese. :)

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