****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****
Hi, guys! I’m back with another giveaway! I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Drape Drape 2 from Laurence King Publishing, and I can give a copy to you, too! But first– let’s have a little book club discussion, alright?
I’ll start off by saying that I know NOTHING about draping and have never tried it, so I was interested to learn more about the process. However, the book isn’t actually about draping! The author, Hisako Sato, describes “drape drape” as the process of combining tucks, gathering, twists, and slack fabric to create a look. There are full-size patterns included for the 14 garments pictured in the book, which is nice, although they aren’t all multi-sized.
These relaxed styles favor knits, although there are a few patterns for wovens, including the skirt with the draped flounce pictured above. The pieces are all really unique and interesting, although they may not be for you if you don’t like to have lots of fabric drawing attention to some parts of your body (for example, in the skirt above, you can see all the gathering around the waist and high hip– might not be everyone’s favorite place to emphasize).
There’s a nice tension between simplicity and detail in these designs. Some of the garments are surprisingly easy to execute, like the skirt on the right, which is constructed with one pattern piece and a rectangular, elasticized waistband. Yet it’s a delicate, feminine skirt, and way cuter than you would imagine a knit, elastic-waist mini would be!
One drawback of the book is that the sizing is really limited. An XL in this book is for measurements 35″/30″/38″! I’ve heard this can be an issue with Japanese pattern books, but I was still pretty surprised. However, the patterns seem really easy to grade up a bit if you wear a larger size, and there is quite a bit of ease built into most of these styles.
I really liked seeing the diagrams and flat patterns transformed into garments (Amy put her own spin on the pattern shown above– check it out!). Sometimes it’s hard for me to visualize how a garment is constructed, so it’s really fun to see how the designer achieved some of these fascinating styles. I’ve earmarked a few patterns to make down the road, but even if I never get around to making them, I still feel like I’ve learned something from this book. I could see myself referring to it from time to time when drafting my own patterns.
What do you think? Are these styles for you? Have you used any kind of Japanese pattern books before?
Alright, let’s get back to the giveaway! If you’d like to be entered in the giveaway, let me know in the comments below! I’ll send it anywhere in the world. 🙂 Let’s keep the giveaway open until Tuesday the 20th at 11:59PM EST, then I’ll draw a winner! Good luck!