Drape Shift

Drape Shift

Solved with lightening speed by Alison Calderwood, Julie Eilber and RedPointTailor, last Saturdays #PatternPuzzle turns out to be a fab summer shift.  The image below has the puzzle shape right way up with some notations to help make sense of the thing.   Some of you may remember the Cowl Tee with Drape and Draped Tee from way back that feature the same kind of drape seam as this weeks puzzle.

 So the first question:  ‘Do we try to make this pattern from a knit or woven block?’
The sketch above does suggest a light weight drapey fabric and for my first attempt I would use a one-way stretch knit fabric.  Probably a Cotton/Rayon blend so we have the cotton for breathability and comfort, and the rayon for drape.  If all works out well you might try the slightly more complex pattern making required to cut this style from a woven.
 For my first development I have used my close fitting knit block and dropped the side seams down to dress length.  The detail in the Pattern Plan above includes:
  1.  relaxing off the block fit to allow for a one-way stretch knit and looser fit in this shift. 
  2.  dropping the underarm point by about 1.5cm. adding a ‘V’ neck front and back. 
  3.  planning gape darts in the front neckline to tighten the shape of the ‘V’, to hold it close to the body. 
  4.  placement of the drape seam working from the CF toward the right hip. 
  5.  extra shaping on the CB seam to flatter the figure. 
 The diagram above outlines the original shape of the knit block used and shows exactly where the extra fabric for the drape is placed.   It also illustrates the move that lifts the front drape seam line so as to maintain the drape seam in its original place and length.  Please note that the hemline needs a clean curve to enable a quality hem finish.  To finish the neckline and the armhole I would probably use a 6mm (1/4″) bind that could be finished outside (showing) or inside (stitch only shows).
If you have your own knit block at home, give this a try and let me know how you go.  My sample cut (above) will include a three-quarter sleeve that has a seam running through the overarm to make the sewing so much easier.
I’m happy to answer any of your questions as you work through your pattern and first toile.  Feel free to email me direct, or leave your comments on this post.   Enjoy 🙂
EDIT:  I’ve now re-worked this pattern puzle ot achive a drape dress much closer to the original design drawing.  Checkout the details in Drape Shift Rethink.

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  • Rose
    Posted at 20:38h, 29 March Reply

    I would like to have this pattern. is it available?

  • Studio Faro
    Posted at 09:14h, 30 March Reply

    Hi Rose, thanks for dropping by. This design is available as a set of pattern making instructions only in the blog above. If you’d like some help cutting the pattern I’m always here to help. 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted at 01:15h, 27 May Reply

    Has anyone made this? Would love to see the final result!

    • Studio Faro
      Posted at 09:17h, 27 May Reply

      Hi Michelle. Yes I made the first one and it was largely a failure. Then I reworked the instructions and Zoe made a half scale sample and posted it in my FB group. I’m going to comment on the post to bring it to the top if you want to go to the group and check it out. https://www.facebook.com/groups/studiofaromakers

      Also posted here in the blog: https://www.studiofaro.com/drape-shift-rethink/

      Just shows you that all ideas don’t always work out and sometimes they need a rethink to be successful. 🙂

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