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Asymmetric Drape Drape tee

26 April 2013, 13:11

Happy Friday! To celebrate, I’ve got the last of my made-on-Easter-weekend, photographed-in-Baltimore makes to show you!

This one’s from the second Drape Drape book, which I received as a Christmas present this past year. Even though I’ve had the first two books for a while (and just received the third this weekend!) this is the first thing I’ve made from the series.

I think part of my hesitation comes from the very Japanese sizing – this is drafted for ridiculously tiny Japanese ladies – in their sizing I am an XXXL!. For this pattern there were only two sizes, though: S-M and L-XL. I made the larger and just crossed my fingers that my Burda size 42 body would fit in okay at the hips (the only even remotely fitted area).

Unlike the Pattern Magic books, these patterns are traced from sheets at the back of the book rather than drafted from a block, so it’s not as easy to just adjust the design around your own measurements.

But anyway, I needn’t have worried, because the L-XL size fits me beautifully, hooray!

In case you’re wondering, the Drape Drape patterns do include seam allowances but seamlines are also indicated, so if you would rather trace along the seam lines and add your own allowances later, it’s an option. I always like it when patterns do this, but obviously it’s something you can only do if you offer a few sizes, otherwise it really clutters up the pattern sheets!

This top is cleverly made from only one piece of fabric, but its pattern piece is ENORMOUS! So big that it had to be pieced together after tracing and it was a PITA to cut the fabric, too, taking up my entire living room floor space!

The books only contain the briefest of sewing instructions (really more like an order of construction) but crucially have some diagrams so it makes them a bit easier to follow, than, say, Burda magazine, even though they’re terser. For this top, it was really just: finish the right side sleeve opening, sew the shoulder seams, sew the left side seam, hem the left sleeve, finish the neckline, hem the bottom, done!

Thank you so much to all of you who commented to say the neckline was ridiculously low! Because of this, I raised the neckline 10cm (4 inches) and it’s perfect for me now! (Remember if you do this that your neckline binding doesn’t need to be as long!)

(The white part is my change – the back neckline in brown is shown behind it for comparison)

I really love the design – it’s easy to wear with leggings or jeans and it feels really stylish for what’s essentially just a drapey teeshirt. I’m a total sucker for anything asymmetric and this has got some fantastic draping under the right arm when you wear it, and the right arm opening is really just a finished slit (the left side is a short kimono sleeve).

I’d totally make more of these now that I’ve traced it out – the pain is in cutting the fabric (and getting Nishi not to sit all over it!) but making it is really, really, quick, and Tissu’s viscose lycra jersey is so cheap I can really make these very economically. Here I’ve used their “Mustard” colourway, but I have plenty enough leftover from the 2m I bought to use again, too (which is great because I love the colour!). So look out for this in a week or two, as it’ll probably be incorporated into my Ivy tee!

Funny, I wasn’t really expecting to like it as much as I do, but it’s a great little stylish teeshirt pattern!

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  1. Beautiful! I’ve been waiting to see this since you announced you were working on it. The last Ottobre Woman had a similar shirt, #13. Same thing, I wasn’t expecting much but very flattering. Theirs has two sleeves. Here’s the pattern piece for comparison: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jne4sl/8537480314/in/photostream

    — Jennifer    Apr 26, 01:26 PM    #
  2. Wonderful! I love this top and the colour is so nice. I am definitely buying this book.

    Beata    Apr 26, 01:41 PM    #
  3. This top looks great on you! I made this one over the weekend in an ivory jersey. Such a fast project! Sadly I kept the original neckline which I find too low – and I like low necklines! I am now planning to recut it into a different t-shirt design.

    Norma    Apr 26, 01:50 PM    #
  4. That looks great – I really love it and the colour looks great too. I really love it actually – it’s a great colour for you.

    Sofie    Apr 26, 03:45 PM    #
  5. Lovely colour and style!

    Catherine Daze    Apr 26, 06:10 PM    #
  6. Unusual and stylish. Hard to believe it’s all one piece of fabric.

    — Patricia O    Apr 26, 08:13 PM    #
  7. That’s a very nice t-shirt! It looks too good to just call it a t-shirt actually :)

    Elise Lin    Apr 26, 09:59 PM    #
  8. I totally love this! Looks fabulous on you, colour, shape, draping… I’ve top envy!

    Ally    Apr 26, 10:58 PM    #
  9. I really like it too. It’s very chic for a t shirt.

    Nancy Karpen    Apr 26, 11:21 PM    #
  10. So glad this worked out for you! I made (attempted) the same one (same size!) back in the winter, but the knit I used had basically no stretch and it wound out too small. And I didn’t get the memo about the neckline. So, yeah, disappointing. I love yours, though—-maybe it’ll motivate me to try it again. It is super quick. :)

    Tanit-Isis    Apr 26, 11:23 PM    #
  11. You look very beautiful and stylish in it! The color is great on you.

    yoshimi    Apr 26, 11:33 PM    #
  12. VEry nice tshirt! I want to make the ottobre version which was mentioned above%)

    Sveta    Apr 27, 12:43 AM    #
  13. What a wearable piece of art! ( as that’s what the drape drape patterns seem to be to me!) the fabric you’ve chosen is perfect, it looks amazing – nicely fitting in the right places

    Scruffy badger    Apr 27, 08:48 AM    #
  14. This is just fun! Love the yellow.

    Gail    Apr 27, 11:57 AM    #
  15. It does look like a stylish tshirt! You look great.

    — Ngoc    Apr 27, 06:03 PM    #
  16. That’s a lovely top, and the colour is stunning on you. It doesn’t look anywhere near as simple as you’ve described it. Love patterns like that!

    I just went and bought both Drape Drape books… :-) I can see my 15yo wearing a lot of that style. Some of it (like this top) I’d wear too. And the books, even with shipping from Amazon, are cheaper than a paper pattern here!

    Melinda    Apr 27, 10:39 PM    #
  17. I’ve avoided the Drape Drape books because of the sizing – but I also wear a Burda size 42 (sometimes a 40) so I’m getting very tempted now. That is such a lovely top.

    You honestly must be the first person, other than my best friend, that I’ve ever seen look good in mustard yellow!

    ReadyThreadSew    Apr 28, 02:14 AM    #
  18. Very stylish tee shirt, and a great colour too!

    pella    Apr 28, 07:23 AM    #
  19. Gosh, I’m liking this a whole lot more than I thought I would!! It really compliments your figure too. Love the way the shoulder seam looks at the sleeve end and – you need to wear more gold!! I like this colour on you :) (ps, I haven’t blogged any underwear type stuff… somehow all the guys at work got onto reading my blog, so I’m none too comfortable about posting that sort of stuff!! When they all leave the current project we’re working on though, I will ;)

    poppykettle    Apr 28, 01:52 PM    #
  20. Great top and the color looks good on you too.

    — Karen M.    Apr 30, 01:54 AM    #
  21. That is such a clever pattern and although cutting does sound a right pain I think the almost instant sewing and great result make it worthwhile.

    allisonC    Apr 30, 11:41 AM    #
  22. Very, very stylish! Looks great on you!

    — gatorgirl4325    May 1, 04:24 PM    #
  23. Love the top. It is simple with a little twist and looks great on you!

    senaSews    Jun 13, 09:12 AM    #
  24. This same top was made on an episode of “Great British sewing bee” with great results. Very inspiring post, thank you!

    — Andiepandie    May 8, 08:44 AM    #

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