Hello everyone, I hope all is well. Some time back I posted that I had purchased all three of the Drape Drape books. I could not restrain myself because I fell in love with an item from each of those books. I will interject here to state that I have only made 1 item (altered) from the book thus far. At least I have the books, all I need now is some time.
|© Francis Chu Foon Photography 2013|
For these bridesmaids dresses I made an altered pattern using the no.2 one piece side drape top from Hisako Sato drape drape 2. Most people tend to make this item due to it's simplicity and beauty.
1 of the bridesmaids is a very close friend of mine and she showed me the design the bride wanted. It is a dress from David's bridal. One shoulder with a side sweep bow detail and flower sash. I made all the pieces but the bridal party opted to go without the bow in the end.
I thought that the drape drape pattern will do well to create this style. I adjusted the pattern to make it one shoulder and to add lots of gathers to the top of the dress. The trickiest part was creating a perfect side seam that did not affect the drapes and also adding the gathers to the top without widening the hem.
|The original pattern layout|
|my altered pattern|
Here is the dress on the dress form. It sits beautifully but with movement it seldom stays like that. The dress was made from satin chiffon and Peau de soie for the lining. The bow and sashes were made using charcoal taffeta.
|The dress in the making. I was too lazy to take of the orange dress I was also making below it.|
Overall this project was very time consuming but it turned out beautifully. What I disliked most was the little complaints here and there from the bridesmaids but it all worked out well in the end. My first bridesmaids dresses were most challenging but I'm glad I jumped at it. What are some of your challenging firsts?