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Stripes Take Two with Drape Drape 2: Review and Giveaway

I’ve always wanted to try out those Japanese pattern books where the garments seem like little works of art. I couldn’t believe my luck when I finally got my hands on an English translation of Drape Drape 2 as a gift from the publisher in exchange for an honest review with the bonus of being able to give away an additional copy to one of you!

After reading the introductory pages, I launched right into pattern number 2: one-piece side drape top.

Pattern number 2 from the book.

I might have launched myself in a bit too quickly though because after converting my bust measurement into centimeters and seeing I was about a small, I traced the S/M pattern for myself. It wasn’t until after I cut the pattern out from a bit of leftover Mood wool jersey from my Swingy Stripes dress that I realized just how small the pattern was around the hips. I then went back and converted the waist and hip measurements for S/M to inches and found out that I should have added quite a bit of fabric! I sewed it up all the same just to see.

It worked, but it didn’t hang quite like the garment in the book, so I made the executive decision to wear this dress more like a long top. And, as a long top, I wanted sleeves. So, I took out my Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and grafted on some sleeves.

I then totally mangled up the neckline since I’m still getting used to my serger – not only how to use it but also when to use it. An extra fold later and all was fine, but I ended up with an off-the-shoulder drape drape.

I love it though. My first adventure into Drape Drape 2. That said, my next adventure will definitely involve grading to a large. And, there will be a next time. I want to experiment with all different kinds of fabrics and make unique, eye catching garments.

The techniques used in Drape Drape 2.

Now for the best part – the giveaway. Laurence King Publishing has agreed to give away an additional copy of the English version of Drape Drape 2 to one of my readers. Think of it as a little early holiday gift. If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Tuesday, November 20th at 7 am PST. Good luck!

P.S. This garment is also live over on the Mood Sewing Network. Check it out!

80 thoughts on “Stripes Take Two with Drape Drape 2: Review and Giveaway

  1. Seriously – you would never in a million years guess that you had other intentions for this top! It’s gorgeous.
    I have to admit I’m inspired and intimidated all at the same time with the Japanese pattern books, it’d be amazing to have a chance to look a translated version over. I may then get brave and go for one where I can only work from diagrams!

  2. The drape in the rear view – with the fitted band at the bottom – is quite nice! I’d be curious to see the line drawings of the draped pieces.

  3. Wow – great save! The top looks great. Very current. I’d love to win the giveaway. I’ve been intrigued by these books since I first saw garments made from them, but felt I would really need an English translation. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!

  4. I do and I don’t want to win this book. I love sewing Japanese patterns, but I have never done any draping and it sounds intimidating. eek. Still going to go for it though.

  5. I like seeing this as a top, and it looks great with sleeves! These two adjustments make the pattern so wearable. I’ve had this book sitting in my Amazon cart for a couple months now; haven’t pulled the trigger yet and would be thrilled to win a copy. I love the modern designs in this book! They look comfortable, but also stylishly contemporary. I’m especially eager to work up a version of the drapey cardigan.

  6. Way cute! I love this on you! I’m anxious to try out Japanese patterns, although I’m not sure how flattering they would be on me. No need to enter me in the giveaway, though. πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, those are beautiful clothes. I want to work more with knits, but I don’t have a serger. I would definitely borrow one for this pattern

  8. I love, love, love this in the stripes! I’m very curious about Japanese pattern books–especially now that I’ve seen what you can do with them!

  9. What a great looking top! And i love it that u added sleeves too, looks so cosy πŸ™‚ ive always been curious re japanese pattern books, appreciate this opportunity to win one!

  10. oh i would love a copy to learn more about drape! I really like your top. I love stripey tops! Used to live in them all them time! I like your proactiveness as well making it your own by making it work! πŸ™‚

  11. I have been thinking about trying out one of these. But since I am a newbie, I have to wait and eye these draped beauties until I am confident enough to plunge into something like this. Gorgeous top… love it!!!

  12. It looks great – even better with the sleeve. Draping is one of those things I would love to try but just not quite game yet.

  13. I love the way yours turned out! It actually looks like it may get more use this way. I still haven’t tried any of the drape drape patterns and am also interested in the drawing.

  14. Amazing job! I can’t wait to see what else you do from this book. Everything I’ve seen from these books are beautiful – now there is an English version I may get up the courage to give it a go!

  15. I think your top turned out quite fun, although I understand how it can take a little bit to get over the disappointment of something not turning out to fit your vision before you can appreciate it for what it is. I would be quite interested in trying one of the books! Hearts – Erin

  16. I think your top looks cute! The book looks like it will provide tons of inspiration. I’m starting to get more comfortable with sewing, but I’m still nervous when going beyond the pattern. I’m very impressed that you were able to graft those sleeves on. Can’t wait to see what else you make from the book! I’d love to be entered to win a copy too πŸ™‚

  17. I’d love to be entered in the drawing for the book! I like what you did with the top. I’m also interested in seeing how it compares to the top made just like the pattern….and I appreciated the heads up on making sure I measure my bust AND my hips before I decide which one to cut out! I’d have made that mistake sure as the world without a warning… : ). l
    am really enjoying reading your blog. It’s been great stress relief. Thanks!

  18. Spent a delightful Sunday sewing with a friend where we solved all of our friends challenges AND still found time to talk about cool Japanese pattern books. Would love to get my hands on an English drape drape book
    for our next Gdi (girls day in).

  19. I would love to be entered in the drawing. Your blog inspires me to push myself as I learn to sew and this top is no exception. I feel ready to try draping and the Drape Drape books – but only with English instructions!

  20. I would love to be included in the draw – the closure coming as it does, right near my 64th birthday! I have previously used one of the Japanese books with patterns, loved it! Just need to keep one’s wits about one!

  21. Love how your garment developed and took on a life of its own. I too would love these Japanese books and would love the opportunity to get my hands on one πŸ™‚

  22. Wow what a great giveaway!!! I love your top/tunic, anything with stripes gets my vote πŸ˜€ I’ve been eyeing this book for ages, would absolutely love to try it out πŸ™‚

  23. What a great opportunity to learn how to incorporate draping into patterns. All my previous attempts have resulted in tops that look like I took two extra yards of fabric and stuck it in the most unflattering place in the most unflattering way. I have to get this book!

  24. Great job on that pattern- your version looks much more wearable. Thanks for the giveaway, would love to be entered.

  25. I have all these books, but in Japanese. An English translation certainly would have been helpful, but they’re so well illustrated that I felt it didn’t really matter. So you can leave me out of the giveaway!
    Now onto your top! It looks amazing! I love your fearless problem solving! Sometimes I think its those kind of decisions that are more important than picking a pattern or fabric – the “on the spot” decisions we make while encountering a problem while we sew. You handled this top brilliantly! I think in one of the other books there is actually a short sleeve top that has a similar, twisted side cowl. Anyway, I love it! I can’t wait to see what else you make with these books!

  26. I’d love to own one of these as they’ve been on my amazon wishlist forever, but in Japanese. This is one the tops I considered making… and I love what you did with it! A fun layer-y autumn tunic.

  27. It turned out great, in the end! I’m also intrigued and intimidated by the Japanese pattern books – I love draped/twisted knit garments, but so far I’ve stuck to the safety of commercial patterns… I’d love to give this book a try!

  28. I love your version, and how you have styled it- very casual- and would never have thought to try it in stripes, but it so works. I’m intrigued about the sleeves; was it difficult to draft them from the Renfrew? They look great, by the way.
    Sure, I’d love to win a copy of this book. Would it be too “single white female” if I tried one in a stripe too?!

  29. I have book looking at those books for so long – I’ve seen Carolyn (from Handmade by Carolyn) make things from hers, and now you! They look so cute and modern. Like Aleah said in her comment, I’m intrigued and intimidated but want to try them none the less.

  30. I have seen this book in Japanese and I really liked it but my Japanese is not that good, so in English is definitely better! So I would love to win a copy of the book!

  31. This is awesome! I must admit to having eyed off these books before but I’ve always been a bit scared to try anything in them. Love the use of stripes- it adds to the drapiness!I’d love to be in the draw for a copy to have a bash at a frock/top/art work!

  32. Amazing! I enjoy learning from your problem solving skills ~ thank you! I am intimidated by the Japanese sewing books, but am intrigued to try. Thank you for the giveaway!

  33. Stripes Take Two top is such fun! I love your ‘flow’ attitude – it needs sleeves…let’s make sleeves…would like to win Drape Drape 2 – thanks!

  34. Your top looks really great! Would love to have a chance at winning the book and try doing my own version. Keep up the good work!

  35. I think the top looks great! I have the first one, didn’t know the second was translated yet! Found your blog while googling drape drape to see finished projects. Would love to win, please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  36. I actually really like the top, like others have said I would never think it was intended to look any different. The book looks very intriguing, I’d love to read it and try some things on my own. thank you for the giveaway!

  37. I would love this book. I’m smaller than the average pattern so it usually takes me forever to get the fit right before making anything. Maybe this will help me do a few quick projects.

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