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Plum Drapes (Drape Drape Dress No5)

Added Mar 6, 2010

by ginasophia

New York, New Yo...






This is a dress I made with many complications and hassles. That accounts for why it took me so long and why I dragged my feet.
I decided to use a stretch material for this Drape Drape pattern (no5) but with the machine I am using it was a terrible idea. I ended up having to sew every pleat and seam with tracing paper backing, and go over every seam twice. I plan on reinforcing the waistband with my serger once I return to the States.

All in all it is a very pretty dress, it moves well (sorry most of my back shots are moving!)

I altered the pattern a little to make it less revealing, good for stretch, and easier to assemble.

blogged here with more detail!

Material Notes

Viscose (Never again!)



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Business, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Jan 21, 2011, 04.11 AMby afrobisou

    JUST bought vol. 1&2 :D i cant wait to take those babies out for a spin!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 12.26 PMby bredi88

    I love the color and the pattern! very very nice! i bought this book a while ago and made the no.3 dress. unfortunately it was far to small(i took size L even i wear xs normally)-i´m a little bit irritated about the sizes. did you add some seam allowances? i would be very happy about an answer! thank you very much!!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 02.41 PMby ginasophia

      Well thank you!! and the sizes are a bit frustrating, but you definitely do have to add seam allowances to the Japanese patterns. Sometimes I measure the pattern itself before cutting (because I don’t make muslins) to see it the numbers line up to my figure.

      I wish you luck next time!

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    May 4, 2010, 04.29 AMby lulalouise

    The dress looks gorgeous! I just bought the Drape Drape book yesterday. I like the alteration you made for the back. I will make the same if i attempt this. Great work!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.50 AMby auntchelle

    I have this book (even tho’ I’m a plus size) and this is one of my favs. Your version is stunning. Well done!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.27 PMby nhouse

    i absolutely adore this dress. such a beautiful colour and it fits you perfectly.

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    Mar 26, 2010, 01.01 AMby rebexy

    WOW. Not only is this like 8,000 times better than the picture in the pattern, but it looks so beautiful! Perfect fabric (at least the color, if not the type!), just perfect draping and framing of the body. Stunning!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 04.17 AMby storres56

    You look very chic in that dress. Wonderful job.

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    Mar 16, 2010, 10.09 PMby letsdance

    does the drape drape dress book call for mostly stretch or are they made for wovens? I just ordered the book and I’m a little nervous I wont be able to understand what fabric to use!

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      Mar 16, 2010, 11.09 PMby ginasophia

      it recommends both. you can tell from the photos which fabric they used, but it is up to you. In the book this pattern was done in a woven, you just need a fabric that already has drape in it.

      Don’t worry! and have fun!!

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      Mar 27, 2010, 03.25 PMby letsdance

      great Thank youu !! in your opinion do you think no.3 is a knit or a woven? I really want to make it in a woven but i’m a little unsure! If you have made it let me know, if you haven’t and are also wondering I’ll let you know when I do the muslin!

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      Mar 27, 2010, 04.50 PMby ginasophia

      I am pretty sure No3 is a knit in the pic, but I planned on doing it in a woven! I can’t wait to see you version

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      Mar 27, 2010, 10.47 PMby letsdance

      ok awesome! I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m just hoping the fit is still as nice in the woven!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 05.07 PMby farfar

    beautiful project…it looks so professionally done. I had a question about the book…is it all in japanese or would I be able to understand it? After this project, I have started looking for ways to buy the book!

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      Mar 11, 2010, 05.45 PMby ginasophia

      It is all in japanese but the measurements are in Arabic numerals, so there is no confusion there! The patterns are very simple to follow and there is no need to read Japanese.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.41 AMby lybu

    This dress is FABULOUS

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    Mar 10, 2010, 05.06 AMby jazzymina

    Lovely dress!! Well done, it looks stunning on you :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 11.26 PMby nikkishell

    I just showed my work colleagues your dress and W]we’re all gushing over it! You did a fabulous job :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.00 PMby littlemissny

    It looks so beautiful!!! :D Love it, it fits you so good!!! Pretty!!! great work!!! Is there a pattern for it?

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      Mar 9, 2010, 10.10 PMby ginasophia

      Thank you! The pattern can be found in Hisako Sato’s book Drape Drape (link to it’s patterns above)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 12.58 PMby suribabe

    so beautiful. Well done..

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    Mar 9, 2010, 10.10 AMby Lucia Rotundu

    Super .. it turned out very, very well.. .and so close to original from the magazine.. .Good job!!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 07.06 AMby rubyslippers86

    beautiful, love the colour, did you find the pattern easy to follow? i have looked at these books but haven’t bought i wasn’t sure how i would go with all instruction being in Japanese.

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      Mar 9, 2010, 03.16 PMby ginasophia

      The diagrams are super easy to follow and all the symbolism is the same as any pattern found in English. It is funny b/c the 1st pattern book I bought I thought I’d be able to brush up my Japanese (i studied it for 4 years) but it turns out I remember very very little!
      No Japanese necessary!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.16 AMby Erin E

    Ahh it look so comfy and yet so stylish! Looove the plum color.

    I featured this dress on my blog :)


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      Mar 9, 2010, 03.17 PMby ginasophia

      Thank you so much! And what a wonderful blog!!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 04.59 AMby ladysophie

    I think you can wear any colours any time of the year. I say dont wait till the right season, just wear it now, and get as much use as pos!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 04.34 AMby ladysophie

    This dress blew me away! Its so beautiful totally something I would wear all the time! Im working on a stretch fabric dress and I know all about it! Its so hard and fustrating, Im doing all my seams twice aswell! My mother says we need to buy a Ballpoint needle. But so far we havent gotten round to it. Fantastic perserverance and fantastic outcome! well done mate!

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      Mar 9, 2010, 03.18 PMby ginasophia

      Thank you, I definitely should have gone for the ball point needle on this one (I used a universal) but by the time it crossed my mind I didn’t want to invest anything more into this piece, hahaha! Good luck with your projects as well, I cant wait to see your results!!

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      Mar 11, 2010, 04.08 AMby ladysophie

      Yea I know what you mean.
      I was thinking about putting mine on burdastyle but then I have only constructed it from two dresses. So I thought that wouldnt be a good idea. But I might rethink that one.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.32 AMby prairieponygirl

    Where could I find this pattern book? I love this dress, but I can’t find it anywhere.

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      Mar 9, 2010, 03.14 PMby ginasophia

      I live in NYC, and there is a Japanese bookstore a few blocks from the garment district so that is where I get al of my japanese pattern books. But I have also heard of people buying on etsy.com and different international book sites. If you google around I’m sure you’ll turn up something!

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      Mar 9, 2010, 11.25 PMby nikkishell

      It is also available from Tessuti Fabrics

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    Mar 8, 2010, 10.19 PMby ilovepansies

    Beautiful……you definitely have more patience than me…..love the draping effect

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    Mar 8, 2010, 10.09 PMby gonnange

    it is simply wonderful :) the colour and the flow of the material look really nice. well done with persevering, the result is just great!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 04.48 PMby sunnilj9

    It’s fabulous! You are a draping master! Beautiful, beautiful job!

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      Mar 8, 2010, 05.20 PMby ginasophia

      I wish I could take the draping credit myself! but I used a wonderful pattern :)
      thanks anyway!!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 02.31 PMby ginasophia

    Thank you to everyone who has commented on my toils and the dress. I feel I will be repeating myself if I reply to each comment, but I truly appreciate the sweet words and the struggle of this piece is far out of memory thanks to you all!!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.08 AMby kate-lily

    i love it! and would love one for myself, where did you get the pattern?

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      Mar 8, 2010, 02.26 PMby ginasophia

      thank you! I got the pattern from the Hisako Sato’s pattern book Drape Drape(link to images above.) If you enjoy these kinds of patterns I recommend it. The book has proved to be very inspiring and the patterns are fun to alter (with a little thinking.)

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    Mar 7, 2010, 12.30 PMby Laura Jane

    gorgeous am in love withh this!

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    Mar 7, 2010, 10.47 AMby holasoylulu

    awsome!! it is realy gorgeous!

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    Mar 7, 2010, 05.52 AMby carolyn-s

    Its beautifully finished and the colour is gorgeous. Obviously a worthwhile effort; I’ll bet you got lots of compliments!

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    Mar 7, 2010, 04.32 AMby Natalia *

    Despite all the hassle, I think this dress looks great.

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    Mar 7, 2010, 04.03 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    That whole book looks amazing, thanks for all the pics. Your dress is great and well worth the trouble, I love the plum colour too, I’m glad you persevered with it

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