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I plan to sew my way through the Japanese Drape Drape series, book 1, starting with this top. I really like working with jersey — it’s comfortable, fast, breathes easily in the summer and is very versatile.
I’ve worn this dress out a few times now, and it’s comfortable, can be dressed up or down, but just be warned that the front and the back (the back especially) is very, very low. I recommend using double-sided tape if you’re going to be out and about to prevent accidental slippage.
The hardest thing about this pattern is cutting it out. All the lines are printed on top of each other. What worked or me was figuring out which line was for which project, tracing over it in a different colored pencil, and then copying that onto pattern paper.
Pattern review is as follows.
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No 1 Loose Drape Top, cowl neck top, turned into a dress
Small, Medium, Large. I cut a size large, since I hate super-clingy jersey, but however this wasn’t right, and I had to adjust it, which probably made me a medium in the end.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I made it a dress.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t read the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is the first pattern I’ve made after my complicated bridesmaid dress (which is finally finished). I like that it took two hours from start to finish. I wore it out the next day, then took it home and adjusted it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I raised the armhole by an inch and a half, and turned it into a dress. I based the waist and the bottom off of a pre-existing jersey dress, which looks sort of awkward, but it is very comfortable to wear. I wear it out most of the time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I plan to make this as is in a plain top.