Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

I tried a pattern with draping for the first time and I like it. This is the Style Arc Billie top.captureIt’s just one piece of fabric ! (and one facing). It looks so strange as you cut it out. Then suddenly it makes sense and suddenly it looks so elegant.

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For this one I used a viscose crepe that I had earmarked for a dress. Purchased from the Fabric Store, I can’t decided if it’s lavender or grey. I’ll go lavender.

I like the asymmetry and the drape. With one main pattern piece and one side seam, it’s a very quick make.


barbarajanemade Style Arc Billie

I liked it so much I made another.

barbarajanemade Style Arc BillieThis one in a cotton jersey with a painterly black stripe, a remnant from Addicted 2 Fabric.


Worn here with black velvet Barb pants (also Style Arc) and Bared Shoes. barbarajanemade Style Arc BillieI might even get brave enough to try some of the Japanese drape patterns.  Sew Busy Lizzy is so inspiring with her many  draped creations, like this T-shirt.

Have you tried Japanese drape patterns? any tips with the tracing? How does the sizing go? Have you tried scaling them up?

See also Sue’s version and la Sartora’s version of the Billie top.


9 thoughts on “Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

  1. I’ve just entered the world of cutting on the grain and hanging on the bias work – you would love Julianne’s work in Bias Cut Blueprints and she has some lovely patterns on her site as well. One big piece and one seam. Love them! Nice top – especially the black and white stripe that really highlights the shape of the pattern.

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