Things to Make and Do

11 August 2010

It's no secret I have a habit of buying things I can't understand.  I have an ancient Russian Vogue, an incomprehensible Italian Marie Claire and a Wir sind Helden album from the GCSE days languishing in my room.  There is a good reason for my latest find though; after many a sleepless night back in the NYC heat, I decided to head back to Kinokuniya to purchase a sewing book I'd spied on my first visit.  The cover of Drape Drape 2 (yes, that's the sequel I bought first) excited me and the fact it's written entirely in Japanese didn't deter me.  I have always been fascinated by the kind of drapery that dominates the likes of anything from Helmut Lang to Complex Geometries (or even newly discovered Shin) and find myself on an endless quest to understand the construction.

One of the main reasons I'm rather fond of this kind of draping, is the illusion it creates by manipulating the body.  The book contains simply styled outfits using the fourteen total pieces you can make, highlighting the versatility using different colours and prints.  I am very tempted to decipher how to make the gathered bolero in the first picture.

The latter part of the book details how to put the pieces together and the sewing skills you might need.  Even with my limited linguistic skills, I can vaguely understand how the construction might work in these pieces and it amazed me to see the shapes involved in relation to the end result.  Although I might not be able to produce exact replicas, I can look at the diagrams and pieces to broaden my pattern making knowledge for the all important final year. 

A few more of the books spotted at Kinokuniya that I wish would be translated into English

I also picked up another copy of Jille, a failsafe inspiration guide.  As per usual, I couldn't make head nor tail of it but found many outfits to scan.  I can't wait to pick up a more Autumnal issue, though most of the layering ideas tend to work all year round.  For a more instant Eastern fashion fix,  click here. Are you fascinated by Japanese fashion as much as I?

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  1. these are sooo amazing. i think you could easily figure it out... that last tank top looks super easy to figure out by just spreading out a regular tank top pattern, i might try it. id lovee to see more, japanese style is great (:

  2. They remind me of the pattern magic books. I would love to buy one (I haven't quite mastered draping) but the fact that its not in English scares me-I'm awful when it comes to instructions.

  3. Wow, I have no idea about patterns and generally making my own clothes so I can't even begin to understand that pattern. Though I suppose if you're familiar, it's not a big deal right?

    Yeah I adore Japanese fashion haha, but you knew that already! Love your scans. You're right about them being super inspirational. I flick through my magazines all the time and I always notice something I've not paid much attention to before. Well worth forking out the extra cash.

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Some of them look fairly straightforward but most of them look far too difficult for me

  5. oh goodness these clothe are amazing and beautiful! but little confusing

  6. Ah drapey love! That yellow jacket is pretty amazing x Sushi

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  7. This book looks ridiculously interesting my dear!

    Great post!

    Adèle - moltocuriosa

  8. I need to learn how to sew like ASAP