Drape Drape Disaster and Rescue

Drape Drape 2 No. 4 front

Here’s the result of my first attempt at one of the popular Drape Drape Japanese patterns as modeled by DD1:  No.4 Asymmetrical Top.  I mentioned it in my last post, only because I was so annoyed that I’m not Japanese-sized.  More like 6XL Japanese sized.  However, I put my big girl pants on and got to solving how I could make this one-piece pattern work for me.  I needed to find 10 inches – read it – that’s a big one zero – in extra width.

Drape Drape 2 No. 4 side view

Isn’t the draping on this just gorgeous?  DD1 is a very dancer-fit hourglass, and the pattern looks so amazing on her.  This is the size L/XL on her, btw, because she’s a L in the Drape Drape world.  Anyways, I got a brainstorm and sliced the pattern clean down the middle and spread it three inches.  I have no pics of it, but it added width to the right sleeve and really nice drapey side as seen above.  Then I added three inches of width on either edge of the pattern piece (left underarm seam) and graded it back to 1/2″ of extra width at the sleeve edge.  And I cut the neckline three inches higher than drafted.  Here’s the result:

Drape Drape 2 No. 4 purple linen

I made the mom-sized version from some stashed linen jersey that came to me via EmmaOneSock about a year ago.  I really wanted to try the loose tee shape, and this jersey is soooo delicious to wear.  It’s a bit finicky to work with – something like fussy silk – but the extra care is so worth the end result.

Drape Drape 2 No. 4 plus-sized

Looks good!  I have to tell you, when I first tried on the orange sherbet version, it was t.i.g.h.t.  No drape whatsoever – more along the lines of Spanx.  Now, it’s me-sized, and the drape is just as sweet as the daughter-sized version.

Drape Drape 2 No. 4

14 thoughts on “Drape Drape Disaster and Rescue

  1. Both pieces are lovely! You are a godsend, I am making this top and have just now finished transferring the pattern to paper. I was deliberating over how to extrapolate this to a plus size fitting, and you’ve solved my dilemma. Many thanks!

  2. You both look great in your Drape Drapes! I was struggling to figure out how to size this pattern up and you’ve solved it for me – thanks!

  3. Well done, it looks fab, I wouldn’t know where to start if I wanted to adapt one of those patterns, you have done it perfectly.

    Odd, for some reason I can’t see photos on some blogs when I use Feedly, I had to go through Google to see your pics, I’m glad I did, you look great.

    1. Thank you! And I’m sorry about the pics not loading. I link to my photos in Flickr instead of loading them directly into WordPress, which may be part of the problem…. I wonder? Do all my photos not load well in Feedly or just this post? I’m curious!

    1. I borrowed the books from my public library. They have great sewing resources, and I can renew them up to 3 times for a total of 9 weeks. Mind you, some scumbag sewist stole the patterns from the Drape Drape book, but I didn’t want to make anything out of it anyways.

  4. Both these tops look great! I briefly toyed with the idea of dipping my toes into Japanese patterns, but did not relish the idea of having to giant-size everything:)


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