Drape Drape No. 3 Dress

I've been wanting to make this Drape Drape dress ever since I first bought the book Drape Drape by Hisako Sato. I traced the pattern ages (probably years) ago and on a whim, decided to finally make it. I love the result. The dress is so unique, comfortable and fun to wear. 

The dress is made from one piece of fabric. Can you believe that? It goes together almost like magic. Check out Dixie DIY's version of this dress to see a picture of the pattern. Seeing hers totally inspired me to actually make one of my own. Anywho, I chose to use a thick knit fabric; the same fabric I used for my Spring Wardrobe pleated pants. The fabric has stretch which I think is probably a necessity for this dress. I'm not sure what the book recommends as my copy is in Japanese. 

I made a few changes to the dress for a better fit. (I'm 5'11" with a long waist so these are pretty standard adjustments for me.) I lengthened the waist by slicing and separating about an inch and a half. I also lengthened the skirt a couple of inches too. Because the fabric is stretchy, I was able to omit the back zipper. The dress easily slips on over the head. I cut a size large and the dress is fitted in the shoulders and bust but a little loose in the hips. I do have narrow shoulders and usually cut my shoulders a size smaller than the bodice, so I'd be careful if yours are regular to wide. 

This dress is perfect for a night out on the town. If it was a little more fitted on the hips (for me anyway) it would be even a little sexier. I love it all the same. I wore it out the other night with a patterened jacket on top and pointed, patent flats. I have all 3 Drape Drape books in Japanese and just love them. I highly recommend checking out Drape Drape 2 and Drape Drape 3 as well. Do you have any of the books? Have you made this dress yet?

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  1. I seriously am in love with this dress!!

  2. Great job! Good to know it can slip over the head, too. I'd be nervous thinking about sewing a zipper into a knit dress...

  3. Love this dress. I've just ordered Drape Drape 1 but am tempted to get the others too. If I made this one I might change the sleeves to fall a bit further down the arm, as my upper arms aren't my best figure asset and very short or cap sleeves seem to accentuate that. Curious if you used a regular sewing machine or a serger. I sew knits on my regular machine all the time but am leaning toward buying a serger.

  4. love this!
    not sure about the no drape of the sleeves in the back though


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