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.
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
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