Have you had a chance to look at our newest sewing pattern yet? Drape 1001 is a sophisticated and easy-to-wear blouse. A flattering shape with a boat neck and tailored cuffs, this is my new favorite top!
Drape 1001 is a simple silhouette, but don’t be fooled by it’s basic style. I’ve included some special features in this pattern that will make it your next upscale wardrobe staple.
Let’s take a look!
A flattering blouse to wear day or night
Drape blouse 1001 has a bias facing finish on the front neckline. View A is a hidden facing, turned neatly and stitched to the inside. View B uses the facing as a point of visual interest, using a contrasting fabric and turning the binding to the outside of the blouse.
We used a classic men’s button-up as inspiration for the sleeves on Drape 1001. Loose-fitting with two different cuff options (one rounded and one straight), our sleeves have a continuous lap placket and one pleat instead of two—details that make this an easier construction when working with drapey fabrics.
Blouse 1001 features a double-layer back yoke, which offers a smart way to hide the raw edges of the shoulder seams, the back neckline, and yoke seam. We like clean finishes! The yoke also anchors the back of the blouse, which has a slightly slanted box pleat in the center and opens to a relaxed, wide back.
The blouse ends with simple side seam slits and a double turned hem because not everything needs to be rocket science!
Sewn equally pretty on the inside and outside
Now that we’ve talked about what the blouse looks like, let’s talk about how it’s made. Stay tuned for a more detailed post about our pattern workbook (our take on sewing instructions). Until then, know that I am most excited about how Drape 1001 is sewn together and the fact that we walk you through every exact step of the construction process in our workbook.
Creating cleanly finished, long-lasting garments is important to me and to the Workroom Social team. We want every garment we sew to look neat and professionally made, and we want to help sewists create the same results when they are sewing in class or at home.
In addition to our back yoke construction, Drape 1001 features French seams for the armhole and side seams. This two-step seam finish requires a little more care than a stitched-then-serged seam, but it’s a beautiful, durable, and good-to-know sewing technique.
To help the back neckline lay flat and look tidy, we encourage understitching the back yoke facing to the back neckline seam allowances. This quick step improves the finish of your blouse by preventing the back yoke facing from rolling out when you wear your lovely new blouse.
Our blouse 1001, like all styles in the Drape collection, are designed for drapey fabrics, which may not have enough stability for structured components of a garment. We use lightweight fusible fashion interfacing (woven not craft) on both the inside and outside of the blouse cuffs and on the continuous lap piece. Lightweight woven interfacing makes for sharp looking cuffs that are also easier to sew.
ABOUT OUR FIT
Last, a quick note about our the overall fit of Drape sewing patterns. Because Drape is designed to highlight the special qualities of drapey fabrics, all of our styles are soft and flowy. This means a comfy fit and relaxed silhouette. Drape patterns are fitted to a pear-shaped model who is 5’5” (165 cm) tall. If you’re not pear-shaped, I hope you’ll still give us a try! We’ve found that because of the easy nature of these clothes, they look good on lots of different body types. And of course, one of the best things about sewing your own clothes is that you can make any adjustments you need to make a garment that fits just right. 🙂
More on Drape blouse 1001 to come! I can’t wait to see your version!