Learning the art of sewing drape skirts and dresses
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  • Posted October 30, 2015
Learning the art of sewing drape skirts and dresses

My Next Sewing Challenge: Drapes

My Next Sewing Challenge: Drapes

I've always thought that drape outfits are one of the easiest to sew, simply because from the way it looks, it seems like it does not require much stitching detail. I was so wrong. Those pretty drape dresses can actually be a product of some meticulous sewing process. Reminds me not to underestimate any piece of clothing, anymore.

The first time I tried to make a drape skirt from a borrowed pattern, I ended up being frustrated with myself. Though I'm not really that seasoned compared to some of the sewing hobbyists I follow,I definitely had high expectations about myself when it came to creating my first drape clothing. It turned out that achieving the perfect drape requires meticulous stitching, and lots of patient. One wrong move in stitching the fabric together could make or break the output. The pattern I used was challenging to understand by itself. So, you can just imagine my struggle when I tried translating them to actual sewing!

Speaking of fabric, it also happens to be one of the most important considerations in sewing your own drape creation. It's best to deal with a fabric that you are already comfortable working with. Sure, silk easily comes to mind when we think of drape dresses, but it sure is not one of the easiest fabrics to work on when it comes to drapes. My go-to fabric for dresses are semi-sheer and voile.

They are both lightweight but not too challenging for stitching. Apparently, they also make for good drape outputs. Amazingly enough, in one of the blogs I follow, they were able to make drape tops out of jersey fabrics!

I have taken a break from doing drapes lately, but it's definitely on top of my sewing bucket list. If you do have some beginner patterns that I can use for my next drape project, I would definitely welcome that!


Kathy is fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing her own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives her another avenue to express her experiences and learning in her sewing journey.

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