Drapes and swathes

Are you disappointed by the simplicity of most current styles ? Would you like to be more exuberant with fabric? There are some designers who meet your needs.

Haider Ackermann is king of the catwalk drapes this season (much ‘rock chick’ as well).


And Elie Saab is king of the body fitting red carpet version. Mainly lace in his couture collection this season.


There are several patterns in this style, especially in the last couple of pattern issues. Nearly all for dresses.

And all for knits. It is possible to drape in wovens, especially good crepes. But it does need care with fitting to a specific body shape, so the drapes fall properly. Not something to be made quickly.

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Dresses with draped necklines

DKNY Vogue 1250


Suzi Chin Butterick 5674


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Dresses with drapes crossing at the waist

Vena Cava Vogue 1258


Michael Kors Vogue 1191


Donna Karan Vogue 1087


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Dresses with draping to side waist

There have always been many patterns which simply drape to side waist. Here are a couple of new ones.

Suzi Chin Butterick 5675


Badgley Mischka Vogue 1256


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Body fitting dresses

Tracy Reese Vogue 1253


Tracy Reese Vogue 1252


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Butterick 5563 is a top pattern that looks easy and interesting.


And here’s a new pattern from Hot Patterns, the Weekender Triple Torque knit tops.


Or how about this, for people who think two-piece dresses are essentially dowdy 😀 Donna Karan Vogue 1259


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Japanese pattern books

If you enjoy a puzzle, there are a couple of Japanese pattern books. Instructions in Japanese. . . I haven’t seen these specific books, but other similar books have full sized traceable pattern sheets, and excellent illustrations in the instructions.

Drape Drape Dresses


Drape Drape Dresses 2


(P.S. There’s now a Drape Drape 3.)

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Mostly not for beginners ! but there are plenty of ways of having fun with drapey style if this is right for you 😀

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Designer photos from Style.com
Patterns and links available September 2011

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