Drape Drape Drop-Waist Gather Drape Dress

Try reading the title out loud, it reminds me of some articulation drills for children 🙂

Nearly a month after my birthday, I finally sat down to make the first dress from the Drape Drape 1 book I was gifted for my birthday. The teal knit fabric for the project was also a present, so there was a very positive vibe to the whole process.

The pattern is No.3 in the book, Drop-Waist Gather Drape Dress.

I had seen a few versions in the internet and all of them looked nice and flattering, so I was hoping mine would be a success as well.

The reason why I was kind of late to start with the dress is that the peculiar pattern design was a bit scary at first. Of course, when I finally decided to face it, I realized that it could be one of the easiest patterns I have worked with.

As it consists of only one pattern piece, the fabric is cut on fold, there is just a little gathering and stitching to do plus if you use knits you can skip the zipper, I would recommend it even to absolute beginners. The seam allowances are also marked on the pattern and within a few hours´work, anyone could make this cute little dress.

According to the size chart, I am size XL (makes me NOT want to go to Japan), but it is quite loose-fitting, maybe a size smaller would have been better. And a tad longer, because right now I only see myself wearing it with super thick tights, more like a tunic.

I don´t know about others who have tried it, but mine is shorter in front than in the back. At first I wanted to rip the basting out and correct the hemline, but then I looked at the pattern and it seems to me that this is how it is supposed to be. Also, because the dress is generally quite short, I thought it wouldn´t look nice even shorter in the back.

Nevertheless, I am positively surprised and happy with the dress and I believe you will see a bit longer version of it in a different fabric pretty soon.

The weather in Athens is by no means suitable for tights and knit dresses yet, making the photo shoot a tough task. This is also why I am squinting or looking on the ground in most of the photos, the sun was too intense 🙂

I thought that the Tamaris Blistar ankle boots I have would be a perfect match to the dress, but now I see that the fabric is more towards blue than green. I think the blue shoes match even better. They are Calvin Klein Kalina, I only found a photo of the black version though. I am crazy about blue shoes, especially blue suede shoes!

photo from amazon.co.uk
photo from sarenza.co.uk

6 responses to “Drape Drape Drop-Waist Gather Drape Dress”

  1. Gorgeous dress & great colour!

    1. Thank you very much!

  2. this shade of blue looks amazing on you. a very pretty dress, too. you’re really very very talented!

    1. Thank you so much! Believe me, this pattern is so simple that anyone could make it!

  3. Looks stunning! Great job, those gathers on the sleeve look difficult to do! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Actually it is one of the easiest things I have made, I think this pattern is very rewarding – nice result with very little effort.

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