Giveaway: Drape Drape Vol.3

Posted by Kathleen Fasanella on Mar 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm / Contest and Projects, Patterns / Trackback


As I mentioned yesterday, thanks to the generosity of Laurence King Publishing, we’re having a give-away of Drape Drape Volume 3. Yay!

For my review, I constructed style #14 which is on page 74. I picked it because one couldn’t tell what the style looked like because it was cut in black fabric or close enough to black as to make no difference. Which reminds me, for fitting purposes, you should never cut a style in any dark color even if the final design takes said color. It is too difficult to see problems or fit issues in dark colors.

I cut this style in garage sale nasty fabric; its only saving grace being its light color -which I would describe as the decor du jour for US Army offices. Chairs, desks, walls, bookshelves -I tell you, this dress would fit right in. But I digress.

This pattern’s accuracy was amazing. I’m still shaking my head over it -the tucks were perfectly trued- not a particularly easy style to do that with either. It also bears mentioning that I did something wrong or at least I think I did. I don’t think the neckline was supposed to come out like it did on mine. Don’t chalk that up to the pattern or the book; I’m one of those people that don’t like to read the instructions mostly because they usually confuse me.

This particular style calls for a lining but I didn’t cut one since I only intended to do a mock up. I also didn’t cut the armhole facings, nor did I hem it. I think you can use your best judgement as to whether you decide on a lining. I only know that if I had intended to finish this off and I had included a lining, I would have finished the armholes with the lining itself rather than add an additional layer of facings. That’s the other thing -with all of those tucks, some layered on top of each other, this was a lot of layers to plow through. Unless you use a very thin fabric, you may have trouble sewing it on a home machine due to layer thicknesses and also feeding. I used my needle feed which makes short work of things like this but not everyone has a machine ideally suited for this sort of work.

One technical note: the pattern has tuck lines which one is to use in folding. I wasted a lot of time trying to transfer these markings so I’ll tell you not to bother. Really. If you fold the tucks in such fashion as to align smoothly along the neck edge (this may not make sense since you lack context but it will be obvious once you work on this one), the tuck lines are completely unnecessary. I lost a day trying to manage it, no need for you to too. Again, the tucks are trued perfectly so marking those fold lines in the body of the garment won’t be the best expenditure of your time. In my opinion that is, your mileage may vary.

One last thing I’d like to mention. When I finished the style, I put it on the form and it just hung as you see it. There was no off-camera styling involved nor any strategically placed hidden pins. The back in particular, is just gorgeous. There is a larger version of the photo if you want a closer look.

Okay, now for the challenge! To  enter for a chance to win a copy of  Drape Drape Volume 3, compose a haiku extolling the virtues of the Drape Drape books, pattern making generally or even -in keeping with yesterday’s theme-  site migration. Good luck and have fun!

50 Responses to “Giveaway: Drape Drape Vol.3”

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March 21st, 2013
5:52 PM

Here’s my Haiku contribution

Waves of fabric
Draped to a dress

March 21st, 2013
5:57 PM

drape, drape, drape, drape, drape
Drape Drape shows me what to do
drape, drape, drape, drape, drape

Laurel Emmons
March 21st, 2013
7:26 PM

Spring weather nears
A season to Drape, Drape
Away with the wool.


Marcanne Green
March 21st, 2013
7:30 PM

If you don’t master
The proper technique of draping
Your designs will be better suited
As drapes for your windows

Tracy J
March 21st, 2013
7:42 PM

My first Haiku ever

To drape, tuck, and fold.
The summer breeze whisps gently
through a lovely frock.

The dress is lovely, even in “garage sale nasty fabric” that matches Army decor.

March 21st, 2013
8:58 PM

I suck at draping.
A pattern book would be nice.
To do all the work.

Lynda Swift
March 21st, 2013
9:07 PM

Blissful days to drape
Departing coldness we drape
New site ideas to drape

Sofie Mitropoulos
March 21st, 2013
9:14 PM

I’d love a go at draping.. even to look at it would be fun.

Natasha E
March 21st, 2013
9:41 PM

“There was no off-camera styling involved nor any strategically placed hidden pins.”

My modus operandi

Sandy Peterson
March 21st, 2013
9:49 PM

If I only knew
What drape drape number 3 was
Then……….I might love it!

March 21st, 2013
9:55 PM

Drape away I’m keen
Drape drape 3 me likey
With thee I sure would!

Helen Clement
March 21st, 2013
10:34 PM

drapery floats free
an auspicious apprentice
longing to be wise

March 21st, 2013
10:42 PM

Flow like a river
Perfectly true, smooth sailing
Fluid transition

March 22nd, 2013
12:55 AM

So true, the accuracy is amazing, I have made the “goddess” dress from book number one with lots of pleats and part of them going on top of each other, was a bit worried before setting it under the presser foot for sewing but it vent really well and my sewng machine is just an ordinary Pfaff, not an industrial or anything fine as that.

I love your U.S. military version and prolly would do the lining as you suggested, no reason to add bulk in armholes or any other place for that matter if it is avoidable.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, I preordered it last fall from my book supplier, now I guess I’ll just have check out if it’s still on.

March 22nd, 2013
3:41 AM

In with the new
Out with the old
Drape me drape three.

Tracy J
March 22nd, 2013
3:51 AM

To drape, tuck, and fold.
The summer breeze whisps gently
through a lovely frock.

I posted this last night, but today it was gone…

Sandra Stroud
March 22nd, 2013
4:59 AM

Softly drape in knit
Winter sighs and fabric folds
Snow is in the air

March 22nd, 2013
5:09 AM

I haven’t paid much attention to these books because my dessform is an alien and I am an earthling. Now the penny has dropped that these books come with a flat pattern for each featured style (yes?) so my current dilemma becomes “how feasible is is for a home enthusiast to make her height and shoulder adjustments to said flat patterns”? I have a touch of drafting knowledge and a good personalised bodice block, in no small part thanks to the Fundamentals of Fitting: Torso section in Kathleen’s fantastic book. I am not shlooping up to the judge, just asking for information (in case you were wondering)!

March 22nd, 2013
5:17 AM

The details of this dress is so flattering.Thanks for the giveaway :)

Exciting it is to drape,
Whether its knit or crepe,
It is here ‘Drape Drape Three’
Learn to drape it and be free..

Cynthia Col
March 22nd, 2013
5:27 AM

Wrapped in rivers of fabric–
Impossible dream!
Enrapture! Just enrapture!

March 22nd, 2013
5:49 AM

Hey I have another one just for fun:

Poor poet I am
Though haiku I will try
To win Drape Drape 3

Just as bad as the first one huh?

March 22nd, 2013
6:05 AM

Dreaming of Drape Drape
Feed my Sewing Book Love
Please pick me to win!

Carol Kimball
March 22nd, 2013
6:18 AM

I’m delighted with the site migration and that you’re back at it!

(No, this isn’t a haiku entry)

March 22nd, 2013
7:45 AM

From cloth and slight of hand
My fingers like ants build
Imagination comes to life!

March 22nd, 2013
7:57 AM

Another one:

Lines on pattern
Stitches on fabric unfolds
A work of art

March 22nd, 2013
8:31 AM

:) Yet another one

Draw, drape and stitch
To rhythm of rain
Sun shines through clouds

March 22nd, 2013
8:38 AM

Creative minds must
have a strong technical guide
to prevent sucking.

An ode to Drape, Drape and The Entrepreneur’s Guide.

March 22nd, 2013
9:27 AM

Tucks like waterfalls
Flows over womanly curves
Fabric becomes art

March 22nd, 2013
10:44 AM

I would love to have this book. Having gained some weight over the past year I am looking for options to add some fullness to the garments I make and this seems like it would be a great solution.

March 22nd, 2013
11:02 AM

This book would be very nice
Some day I will write
One (maybe) and gift it to you

March 22nd, 2013
12:00 PM

Create, drape, wear
Know how to create, know how to wear
Need book to drape no fear

Rose in SV
March 22nd, 2013
1:06 PM

One patient fabric
cut, drape-drape, pleat, fold, tuck, stitch.
Result: dress or rag?

Susan Freeth
March 22nd, 2013
2:02 PM

Overcome with awe,
Truely exquisite the look
Drape Drape, Yes! Drape Drape.

March 23rd, 2013
5:34 AM

Three-piece drape dress
from Drape Drape 3
I want to make you!

March 23rd, 2013
6:33 AM

Let cloth skim body
Honor gravity and grain
Form fluid sculpture

March 23rd, 2013
8:21 AM

Shifting folds, Fabric
draped, tucked, stitched down
Magical flat patterns.

I have the other two books and really like them. I’ve only seen a few of the photos from this newest book and they look really neat too.

March 23rd, 2013
9:47 AM

grecian columns worn
folds create light and shadow
yummy drape, draping

March 23rd, 2013
10:45 AM

It may be a hint
that this dress doesn’t suffer
certain armhole folds.

Cynthia Col
March 23rd, 2013
11:51 AM

Here’s another… this is just too much fun:

fabric in motion
–a simply impossible
visual delight.

Patricia Coomes
March 23rd, 2013
12:27 PM

To drape is to use fabric as the insprational tool, along with having a visual eye for design placement.

March 23rd, 2013
1:05 PM

Here is my Haiku submission.
Never have I draped
But draped could work
to make my styles more shaped

March 24th, 2013
7:07 AM

spring brought back the river
my loneliness is carried away
beauty of flawless drapes fill the air

Cary Pragdin
March 24th, 2013
10:28 AM

Welcome back Kathleen!
I thought you had left blogging
To make white blouses…

(Seriously, when your posts slowed down due to what I now know were hosting issues, I assumed the worst and imagined that you had decided to corner the market on perfect white ladies’ high-end blouses. (As per your posts on what you would produce were you a DE!)

I was upset but decided that your incredible intellectual generosity had left a body of work large enough to sustain us for a good long while, and just having that to reference was blessing enough.

So, a warm welcome back from an ardent South African fan! I feel like I’ve already won just to have access to your new posts!

Susan Freeth
March 24th, 2013
4:32 PM

Drape Drape Volume 3
It’s awesome and stunning
A must have for me!

March 24th, 2013
9:50 PM

Accurate patterns
Using garage sale fabric
Drape Drape 3 rocks it

March 25th, 2013
5:46 AM

Drape Drape Drape
I can’t wait to see the new book
And all the shapes I can create

March 25th, 2013
9:40 AM

Japanese hands make
Big ungainly squares flow in
Such lovely drape

or how about

Creeks ripple in spring
Light fabric flows in sunlight
drape drape shows the way

March 26th, 2013
2:55 AM

The attraction is there
but not the understanding.
I need the Drape Drape book!

March 26th, 2013
2:39 PM

drapery brings life to your outfit,
and so does to your body fit,
drape drape volume three,
make us tension free.

March 26th, 2013
2:53 PM

drapery creates fiction in your outfit,
drapery changes your personality,
drapery enhances your style,
drapery makes you look flawless,
drape drape vol. 3 is just the book i want to get all this at once.



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