Stripes Take Two

Striped wool jersey top

I’ve always wanted to try out those Japanese pattern books where the garments seem like little works of art. I finally got my hands on an English translation of Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato as a gift from the publisher, and I launched right into pattern number 2: one-piece side drape top. I might have launched myself in a bit too quickly though because after converting my bust measurement into centimeters and seeing I was about a small, I traced the S/M pattern for myself. It wasn’t until after I cut the pattern out from a bit of leftover Mood wool jersey from my Swingy Stripes dress that I realized just how small the pattern was around the hips. I then went back and converted the waist and hip measurements for S/M to inches and found out that I should have added quite a bit of fabric! I sewed it up all the same just to see.

Striped wool jersey top

It worked, but it didn’t hang quite like the garment in the book, so I made the executive decision to wear this dress more like a long top. And, as a long top, I wanted sleeves. So, I took out my Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and grafted on some sleeves.

Striped wool jersey top

I then totally mangled up the neckline since I’m still getting used to my serger – not only how to use it, but when to use it. An extra fold later and all was fine, but I ended up with an off-the-shoulder drape drape.

Striped wool jersey top

I love it though. My first adventure into Drape Drape 2. That said, my next adventure will definitely involve grading to a large.

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  • Marina
    November 12, 2012

    very interesting top – great job!

    • Amy
      November 13, 2012

      Thanks Marina!

  • Teresa Kennard
    November 12, 2012

    What a fun top, and you look so cute in it.

  • Amy
    November 13, 2012

    Aww, thank you Teresa!

  • Carolyn
    November 13, 2012

    I’m always impressed when sewists make something from those Japanese pattern books and the fact that you ended up with such a cute wearable top furthers my admiration for your skillz!

    • Amy
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks! I actually think many things from the book can be made quite wearable with the right fabrics and for the right occasions. I can’t wait to try more patterns!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 14, 2012

    What a wonderful lagniappe – although the sewing experience sounds like one I had with a Japanese Sewing pattern! It’s very cute!

    • Amy
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks! And, I learned a new word – lagniappe: something given as a bonus or extra gift. How fun!

  • Diana Deap
    November 19, 2012

    Your striped top is just toooo cute. Love the colours and it looks great on you.

    • Amy
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks! Since the pattern tends to the crazier side, I think it plays well with the neutral stripes.

  • Ginger
    November 25, 2012

    This is so cute and so unique! I absolutely love it (and totally wanna snag some of that cool jersey)!

    • Amy
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks! But, I can’t find the fabric online anymore. Boo. Mood does have plenty of other striped wool jerseys that are equally as awesome though.

  • Natasha Bi
    November 30, 2012

    I really love this pattern and fabric. I want one!

  • Natasha Bi
    November 30, 2012

    Love it soooo much! I want one