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Pattern Magic vol 1, draped top p.59 + 60, toiles

Added Nov 9, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






I just HAD to to make something from Pattern Magic again, something wearable and not too difficult. So I decided on the wrapped top on page 59+60 in volume 1.

I wanted the wrap a bit further down than in the book, so I put the top of the wrap-circle that is drawn on the basic pattern as a part of the contruction-process 5.5cm’s below the chest-line of my basic pattern instead of right below it. The wrap is still rather high, higher than I had expected it would be.

After working on the pattern for a while I realised that there are two methods described in the book, the first is a drape without a twist and the second is a drape with a twist (I could read half of the names of the projects in the book, guessed and later asked my japanese colleague if I was right, and I was, shiawase!).

They both have their pluses and minuses. I like that the one without the twist is cut on the bias below the waist. It also seems to fit a bit better.

The one with the twist, however, has a more even distribution of the creases in the wrap-front, and it generally just looks a bit better around the wrap.

They are both too tight around the bust, and they are both a bit too loose below the bust. I will have to adjust that before making the final version.

I think that the one without the twist may work better for thinner materials and the one with a twist better for slightly thicker materails.

I will try to evaluate them better before the final version!

Read more about this project/the pattern-construction process in my blog at:

Material Notes





Garment Type

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    Feb 1, 2011, 02.23 AMby Sewing And Style

    I think those designs really would work with soft stretchy materials- ordered my book this week- will be experimenting too . Got a drape drape 2 book as well

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      Feb 1, 2011, 08.42 AMby ichigogirl

      I agree! I think it’s actually better suited for stretch than non stretch, in fact I’m quite sure some of the big designers have used this design for stretch…
      Enjoy the book!

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      Feb 1, 2011, 09.44 AMby Sewing And Style

      stocking up the knits as we speak )))))) So looking forward to it

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    Mar 27, 2010, 03.27 PMby sum

    Very beautiful! I just bought the book and cannot wait to read (well better: view) it. I wonder if you would send me your pattern, if I cannot handel the patterns in the book? Have very successfull pattern making hours! Best regards Suzanne

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    Nov 17, 2009, 04.51 AMby arete999

    Looking forward to see the end result :-)! I love without a twist version as well! So beautiful!!!

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    Nov 10, 2009, 03.07 PMby bekaem

    Oh, great – i’ve got that book but didn’t get around to make anything from them yet, as with so many things. i can’t read japanese, but looking at the illustrations so far, they seem quite well done and easy enough to follow. – Will be interesting to see your final version, all the designs in the books look quite good in the plain white or black canvas they’re shown in, i found it hard to imagine anything else would work better. In your case though I think a softer knit might be good too, or a wool-crepes.

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    Nov 10, 2009, 08.31 AMby lybu

    The one without the twist is my favourite one. I’m looking forward to see the final project.

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    Nov 10, 2009, 01.52 AMby judeb

    WOW (as always), have to agree with everyone the one without a twist is the one I like best. Have these books ( 1 & 2) on a wish list but I have no knowledge of Japanese at all, so I think they should wait untill I have the attention span to do them justice as you have done!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 08.02 PMby ladysophie

    Im not really seeing a difference between the two, but they look great! Nice top.

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    Nov 9, 2009, 08.01 PMby pixelink

    without a twist drapes better, can’t wait to see what fabric you use.

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    Nov 9, 2009, 06.15 PMby sewella

    I also like the draped version without the twist! It’s fantastic!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 05.33 PMby carottesauvage

    I prefer the draped without twist version , I find the draping is too tight on the second version

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      Nov 9, 2009, 05.36 PMby ichigogirl

      Yes, I think if I would go for that one I’d start with a much less fitted pattern. But you all seem to agree on the one without a twist :-)!
      Actually, I might do that anyway, they are both too tightly draped (it’s more like knots than drapes) and I think maybe that’s the easiest way to get around it. ..

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    Nov 9, 2009, 04.17 PMby capraia

    They both look great!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 03.25 PMby liaspace

    that looks cool! i’ve seen the book and been contemplating on buying it…is it hard to make?

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      Nov 9, 2009, 05.28 PMby ichigogirl

      Buy it! I don’t know if it’s difficult, I think if you know how to alter patterns it’s not that difficult, and if you read japanese even easier, but if you don’t have experience of either maybe quite difficult.
      I wrote a more detailed description of the pattern construction process with more pictures on my blog, check it out and you might know better:

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    Nov 9, 2009, 02.38 PMby toril

    I’m liking more the one without twist. If you’re worried about uneven crease distribution – it won’t be noticeable when you wear it.

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      Nov 9, 2009, 05.29 PMby ichigogirl

      Me too, I like that you all agree! With the creases, I will use something that drapes better for the final version too, so it should turn out better anyway!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 02.12 PMby anajan

    I’m looking forward to see the end result! Both muslins look good, but it seems to me the one without a twist is better fitted.

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      Nov 9, 2009, 05.30 PMby ichigogirl

      Yes! I love confirmation of my own inner feeling ;-)! I’ll go for the one without a twist. I hope to make a “real” one soon!

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      Nov 9, 2009, 05.33 PMby anajan

      It’s good to know I helped ;-)

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    Nov 9, 2009, 02.09 PMby emlj

    great as ever :-) i like how you experiment with things, very patient!

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