Over the past few months, I’ve worked closely with Jennifer on Drape 1001, the first blouse sewing pattern in Workroom Social’s new collection. And in that time I made (and modeled!) multiple versions of this boat neck blouse pattern.
It’s flattering, yet comfy. Easy to wear (I pop it over skinny jeans or leggings, with a long necklace and a pair of cute shoes). And when I wear one of my Drape 1001 blouses, people often ask me where I bought it—the ultimate praise when you’re wearing a me-made garment!
You and I know that making is better than buying. (Unless we’re talking about fabric, naturally). Still, ready-to-wear is always a good source of inspiration and styling tips. Scroll down for a few ready-to-wear styles that are similar to Workroom Social’s first Drape sewing pattern:
Sophisticated in solids
Similar to these ready-to-wear looks, Drape 1001 features a wide boat neck that highlights your collarbone and curve of your neck, without being so wide as to reveal your bra strap.
In a solid color, Drape 1001 is a very wearable wardrobe staple, perfect for the workplace or casual events. Always choose a drapey fabric for a comfortable, flattering look. A sheer chiffon underlined with a lightweight lining fabric (with the sleeves left unlined) would give you a similar look to the above Badgley Mischka blouse.
With its floaty, feminine details, Drape 1001 is the perfect canvas for your favorite floral fabrics. For me, the bigger (and more abstract) the better when it comes to floral prints. And with a seam-free front, Drape 1001 is a good match for even the largest scale botanicals. (If that sounds like a challenge, it is! Border prints, anyone?).
The first blouse pattern in the Drape collection, 1001 has a few polished details to pull it all together. The back yoke creates subtle shaping through the shoulder, and the wide pleat opens up to a lovely draped back. The loose-fitting sleeve tapers gently at the wrist, finishing with a tailored cuff in two options. This hip-length blouse can be worn free or tucked in.
Stripes for days
Seeing similar ready-to-wear styles sewn in stripes and abstract prints is so inspiring. I am super psyched to knock off this DVF in black sequined chiffon for a special evening look using Drape 1001 sewing pattern! Simply underline the front and back yoke, while leaving the sleeve and lower back sheer will give you a similar look. (To get an even closer match to this designer blouse, skip the cuff and gather the lower edge of the sleeve into a binding to finish!).
Drape 1001 is available now, and I hope these ready-to-wear looks inspire you to give it a closer look! So, where do you look for sewing inspiration?