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drape drape & lace party dress

Added Oct 17, 2010

by kana

Tokyo, Japan






I sewed a dress to wear for my friend’s wedding.

The pattern is No. 6 dress of a Japanese sewing book called “Drape drape”. I made so much alternations, some intended and some forced;

I wanted a formal looking dress so I chose this fabric instead of jersey. I assumed the gather had enough space for me to wiggle in even with less stretchy fabric and I was right. It even let me sew a back piece, which was not in the original pattern. To make the dress more suitable for celebratory occasions, I added my favorite lace table center (which, of course, is bought to be used in my sewing projects!) and 3 bow ribbons.
The original pattern is asymmetric, but to make things simpler, I only used the right half of the pattern for the whole dress, mirroring the left.

Many more alternations were forced, like the edges of neck line, shoulders and hem; it was supposed to be a nicely done seem but I was reluctant to try without confidence and left it raw with zigzag stitch. (photo 5) It was not instructed in the pattern book, but the shape of the dress made me look wider (way more than I expected!) so I pinched the front at the waist level and sewed together under the lace.

I really wish to add sleeves (small French sleeves or puff sleeves) and some more lace along the hem. I think the skirt part should drop down and look nicer with more weight at the hem.

The color is slightly yellowish in most the photos but it’s silver-beige kind of color. Photo 5 shows its color the best since it’s shot during the day.

Material Notes

polyester, German lace table center, satin bow, interfacing tape




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Polyester, Satin, Silk


"Drape drape"

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    Oct 23, 2010, 05.19 AMby kana

    Thank you all!

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    Oct 21, 2010, 08.28 AMby hand-quilter

    Love your dress and the combination of fabric and lace you have used. Great job!

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    Oct 21, 2010, 07.54 AMby claudmndz

    just added this to my favorite

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    Oct 21, 2010, 02.04 AMby Lucy Bryn

    love love! so adorable.

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    Oct 20, 2010, 05.58 PMby reneebies

    beautiful fabrics and LACE. YES!

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    Oct 20, 2010, 04.04 PMby carottesauvage

    A virtuoso! That’s what you are!

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    Oct 20, 2010, 09.44 AMby elyzampa

    Really nice, I love the back with all those pleats :)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 03.41 PMby rachelnyc

    I love love love the lace. So creative!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 02.03 PMby kana

    Thank you guys!! That’s very encouraging!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 10.51 PMby kelepso

    Pretty original and different

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    Oct 17, 2010, 01.11 PMby candyjoyce

    This looks really cool. I love everything about it. It looks comfortable but supre stylish as well. Great job!


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