drape drape 3 #5: cats and cammo


i hope it’s not a letdown!  here is me modeling the #5 top from drape drape 3.


this top consists of two pattern pieces, which seems simple enough.  because of the size of the pattern piece and the most appropriate layout, it takes more than two yards of fabric.  for me, since i had not planned this top when i originally purchased the fabric, that meant going back to mood and grabbing another two yards.  i then laid the pieces on top of each other and took it from there.

honestly, i thought this was going to be scary and complicated.  i mean, the book is in japanese, and most of the diagram markings are also in japanese, with scattered english titles and notations throughout.  but once i got the pattern pieces cut out and really looked at them, i saw the simple logic that makes what is, essentially, a huge globe that turns into a tunic or a dress.  i think it is not dissimilar from the pattern magic “wearing a circle” concept, only i found this much more accessible and the results more interesting and flattering.


it’s a weird shape, to be sure, and i definitely spent about half an hour trying it on in different ways with different trousers.  i even set it aside as “too weird for work.”  but i love the elegance of it and its novelty totally won me over.


if yesterday’s piece was too literal, this piece may  be too tangential, but the colors and pattern mix were originally inspired by two more house photos.  in my book, kitty cats and cammo print were just weird enough to be a match made in heaven.  the kitty cats ended up feeling like a “full-on monet” vis-as-vis the aerial shot of my living room – from far away, they looked a lot alike, but up close it’s a big old (awesome) mess.  i finished the neckline, arm slits, and sleeves with bias strips of a really fun cotton/silk blend cammo print, also from mood.

this is how i ended up wearing it to work today – i swapped out the turquoise jeans for a simpler black legging, to honor the feeling that the top is as much a tunic or a dress as anything.


Pattern Description:
pattern #5 from drape drape 3 is a large, oversized tunic with a deep V neck, a deep back neckline, and arms left open to create slits. batwing sleeves join to the rest of the tunic and create a sort of spherical effect.

Pattern Sizing:
OSFA, but the tunic opening is rather tiny, so i am not sure how that sizing ends up working out!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes! i was pleasantly surprised to discover how well drafted the patterns are and how much they resemble the illustrations and the photographs.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
the instructions were in japanese, but judging from the english translations of previous books, they are about on par with burda instructions. YMMV.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i loved the huge, oversized shape and the open arms. i thought that made the top flirtatious and daring. i also liked that this is one of the options scaled for wovens instead of knits.

Fabric Used:
cotton lawn in graphic print from mood fabrics.
trim is self-made bias tape in silk/cotton cammo print from mood fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none. i am not sure if alterations or design changes are possible on this pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
it is SO unique, but on the other hand, the oversized shape is surprisingly easy to wear. i could see having a few of these around for anything from a nice lazy weekend or an evening on the town, depending on the fabric.

love it! drape drape fanatic, right here.

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7 Responses to drape drape 3 #5: cats and cammo

  1. Aaaah so many cats!!! I love that you’re making clothing inspired by your house. This top does indeed drape and flow beautifully.

    • puu says:

      yeah i need to lay off the cat print fabric for a while, no?? 🙂 but i do find that working from house photos has been keeping me really focused, and i’ve been enjoying how the ideas are evolving as i continue working!

  2. Clio says:

    What an unusual top! (Unusual in a really fun and eye catching way!) I really like the seaming in the back.

  3. chris says:

    May I ask where you got the pattern and the actual name? It is adorable and I think I want to try it for myself! I am hoping it is available online or at a store online. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful piece as well as your experience.

    • puu says:

      The sewing pattern is from the book drape drape 3, which is now available in English. The fabric pattern is a printed cotton voile from mood fabrics. I do not know if it would be online and I have not been to their NY store in a while, but you could certainly check!

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