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Drape Drape Paperback – May 16, 2012

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About the Author

A graduate of Bunka Fashion College, Japan, Hisako Sato worked as Head of Garment Design for Muji until 1993 when she left to develop her own independent label. In 2008, she launched a new brand focusing on dress design, and she is still active as a designer today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856698416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856698412
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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This is the English translation of the super-popular home sewing book Drape Drape (which as of now has become a 3-book series) that was originally published in Japan by Bunka Publishing. I own this edition, and am familiar with the original Japanese edition. I loved the original Japanese edition, but I feel that a bit of the quality of this book was lost in translation.

The patterns are provided in 4 sizes, ranging from bust size 78cm (30.5 inches) to 90cm (35.5 inches), which roughly correspond to US pattern sizes 6 to 12. Thus, if you usually take pattern sizes bigger than 12, you might not want to get this book unless you know how to resize patterns. The designs in this book are probably the most fashion-forward that you will find in any sewing book (outside of the Pattern Magic series). There are 9 dresses, 8 tops, and 2 pants, mostly designed to be constructed with jersey, some with voile or georgette. These are some of my favorite designs out of all the books and patterns I own, and I am looking forward to making many of them. All the designs are of a certain modern, minimalist style that may not appeal to everyone; but if you are a big fan of brands like Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, and Phillip Lim, then this book is perfect for your style :) As for construction, I would say most designs are of moderate difficulty. There's nothing objectively complicated about any of the steps, but you should probably be comfortable with working with soft, drapey fabrics, which have to be handled delicately to not get warped during construction. Most of the designs use large pattern pieces (some of the dresses are constructed using a single continuous piece) which tend to be more of a hassle to cut out of the soft stretchy materials that are required for these designs.
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I wish I had known before I bought this book that no draping techniques are discussed. He shows pictures of clothes and how to assemble them with the flat patterns in the back of the book. Disappointed...
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The designs in this book are beautiful, and not outrageously impractical. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is that the techniques require the printed patterns that came with the book; if you don't happen to be the right size for the patterns (the biggest size is for a 36-inch bust), you've got to figure out how to make them work for your size. I'm comfortable doing that much re-engineering; if you're not, you might want to look somewhere else.

On the whole, though, the designs are amazing. Not generally something I would have thought to try without the book.
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I enjoyed looking thru all 3 of the Drape Drape books. I can see my slender daughter in these clothes, but I wouldn't put the fashions on anyone that is not lean. I probably won't use any of the designs.
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A good book, very easy to understand, with images e good hints. It will be very usefull if you like to drape, because it gives you the basics of draping and some patterns to start your experiences.
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This book is awesome! The designs are unusual, but still wearable. The pattern construction is amazing, and if you love draping like I do, you'll find a lot of inspiration in these patterns. Look for Drape Drape 2, it also worth the money! :)
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By smokey on October 17, 2012
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Easy to understand and clear explanation.
Nice photos and good quality paper.
Attractive layout and lot of trendy design.
Reasonable price.
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Nice ideas but patterns very hard to copy. About 5 to a page. Also designs don't fit that well but a good exercise in thinking about new pattern shapes.
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