i’ve completed my second drape drape garment!
turns out that drape drape is almost as confusing in english as it is in japanese. :-) believe it or not, i found this garment to be slightly trickier than my first one, because it was not immediately clear to me how the sleeves were meant to form.
fortunately, a little manipulation on the dress form set that score fairly quickly, and i was soon looking at a pretty awesome, simple little garment. i did make a few errors, though. although i could have sworn the pattern includes seam allowance, i was no longer quite so sure once i tried on the finished garment. i think it was a wee bit snugger than originally anticipated. this is also because, as you can see below, they used much wider lace than i did and got a correspondingly wider back area:
but i love my crochet trim! and fortunately, it still fits, and i like the snugness of the waistline. so nyah.
finishing the sleeves almost banished this beauty to area 51. the instructions (such as they are) are especially weak on how the sleeve is intended to be finished, so i had to sort of go my own way. i almost left them in all of their batwing-ed glory, but ultimately decided i wanted a finished sleeve with a lace trim cuff. i think the book wanted me to use elastic to help gather everything, but that seemed like a waist, so i just made 3 rows of gathering stitches about an inch up from the sleeve hem, and attached my crochet lace below that for a clean fit.
this is the third in my series of pieces that may eventually form my “collection.” i love this piece and its “inclusion” in my “collection” will depend on how i ultimately decide to pair it (or not) with other pieces in the planning stages. i am thinking some rite of spring shorts in a cute brown denim, what do you think?
or, how could i introduce this top to some cute gray bottoms? what is a good, intermediate-weight fabric that could be a great transitional piece? i am thinking three-season wear on this one, and i love the idea of a good, versatile pair of shorts or culottes.