I’ve been on a bit of a Drape Drape streak lately. After all, if you’re going to rearrange all the furniture in the living room in order to trace and cut the enormous pattern pieces from one of these designs you might as well do another while you’re at it. This is one I’ve made before: the No. 7 Tuck Drape dress from Drape Drape 2. My previous version has been worn a lot but didn’t look much like the version in the book. That was in part because I lengthened it. Here’s the first version.
For this version I removed the length I’d added to the skirt but left the extra in the bodice. I also included the splits in the sleeves which I’d sewed shut on the original. The neckline is sagging a bit on this picture because I pulled the shoulders up just before the photo was taken. It prefers to slide off one or the other shoulder in both versions.
The fabric is a 100% cotton interlock knit from Tissu Fabrics. It’s medium weight and not particularly stretchy but very soft. Right now it’s available here. They have this fabric in a huge range of colours. This colourway is called maroon although it’s not what I think of as maroon, which would be more purple.
The fabric is very wide, which is needed for this pattern as originally designed. However when I first made this pattern I split the main piece into three to allow me to use narrow fabric, and this time I cut it the same way again because I find smaller pattern pieces easier to handle. It makes no difference to the end result because the extra seams get hidden in the draping.
I think I folded the tucks correctly this time. Everything matched up beautifully which it hadn’t on the previous one. I can’t blame the book because the diagrams are really clear. I have this one in the Japanese language edition and it’s perfectly usable for someone with no knowledge of the language. It would be nice to be able to read the fabric recommendations for each style but so far I’m managing without.
I have worn this quite a bit since I made it. I’m hoping that once the warm weather stops it will still work with a grey long-sleeved t-shirt and leggings underneath.
And changing the subject completely…after over four years of writing this blog I finally got around to getting a domain name for it. Its official home is now http://blog.cyberdaze.org but http://cyberdaze.wordpress.org will redirect to the right place for the forseeable.
14 thoughts on “Short and red: Drape Drape 2 tuck drape dress again”
Ooh! I love that color on you! And beautiful dress.
You look fabulous! I’ve made it in a thicker knit which is great for winter, but yours has much more drape. You’re also one of the first people I’ve seen making the arm slits.
Terrific looking dress, in a lovely colour.
You are the master at these sort of styles. You look fabulous. And how gloriously tall are you with those shoes on?!
Another amazing Drape Drape! If you ever get stuck drop me an email. I have all three books in English
Thanks Lizzie! I’ve been referring to your Drape Drape posts a lot lately.
I’m so keen to make another. Such addictive sewing & I find the new approach to construction & design really refreshing. It’s like sewing yoga for me.
That looks great, and the colour is beautiful on you 🙂 and wonderful shoes, as always
Drape, Drape, Daze. You are amazing.
this looks amazing on your catherine!
Wow! I can see why you keep making these. You look stunning in all versions so far. The red is particularly beautiful.
Very chic, Catherine!
Loving these Drape Drape dresse on you, lovely make.
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