Added Dec 9, 2011
I traced out this dress, drape drape dress 17 from Drape Drape book 1 (by Hisako Sato), a long time ago. After making a few things from the book, I realized that the large size (which matches my measurements) has too much ease for me so I retraced the small size.
I used a scrap that I purchased at discount for this dress because I wasn’t sure how the dress would work out. I didn’t quite have enough fabric so I tilted the pattern pieces before cutting them out – I don’t know if this had any impact on the drapes. After cutting out the pieces, I matched all of the pleats and sewed them all together by hand (my machine does not have variable pressure so it tends to move the layers of fabric slightly and I did not want to have them moved out of place – I should get a walking foot).
This dress is boxy and the drapes are really the highlight so it does not show off one’s figure.
I do find the back is a little loose though – across the mid-lower back. And I found the back neck is gapey and I would reduce it by an inch or two if I make this again. My twin needle stitching had a tendency to flip outward so I flipped it over again and added more stitching to cover the zigzag stitching.
Although this was supposed to be a muslin, I am not sure if I will make another. It uses a lot of fabric and I think drape gather dress 3 is more wearable in my wardrobe.
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