20 January 2014

Pattern Puzzle - Cross Drape Tee

Some very quick and clever answers on Saturday had our #PatternPuzzle solved in one hour!  Thanks to Evelyn, Mioara, Cyndi and Delwyn for such great ideas.  And thanks to all our fans for making our Saturday morning so much fun.  The pattern shape below is for the entire top, when cut as 1 pair.  

Delwyn made the most interesting observation - that if we cut two pair of the shape, treating the CB as both CF & CB and allowing the drape extension as side panels, it would be a very interesting tunic with long draped side seams.  So many great ideas, and so little time to get them done!

 Below is the sketch of the style.
Please note that I have added the gathered drape into the front shoulder - it was missing in Saturdays sketch but is most definitely in the pattern.  It is a cross-over jersey top with one centre back seam and two shoulder seams.  The outside edges of the top could be overlocked, turned 1cm and stitched or you could bind all edges.  Depending on how long you make this top, you may expose a small amount of midriff.

The Pattern Plan below is based on my knit block and I decided to use a larger size to get a more generous fit in this particular style.  The drape lines (dashed) in the front and back pattern will be opened up to introduce extra fabric for the drape and gather.  The shoulder line has been extended into a cap sleeve of about 8cm.

 The final pattern shape below shows exactly where the extra fabric is introduced into the top.  It is the flexibility of the jersey that allows us to shape the front shoulder seam, then gather it to meet the back shoulder measurement.  Placing the grain on the pattern through the front drape will give us the greatest  amount of stretch where needed.

The final pattern piece below has the notations for making and important parts of the pattern are labelled.  Anyone fancy having a go at this style?  Happy to reply to comments and answer all your questions.



  1. Hi Anita, Thanks for your amazing patterns, they are very inspiring! I wonder if this model can be done in not stretching fabric? e.g. some light silk? Thanks for answering. All the best, Svitlana

    1. Hi Svltlana, thanks for dropping by. Yes I think maybe you could make this in a woven fabric. Success will depend on the block you use to make your pattern. Let me know if you have any questions as you make your pattern. always happy to help. :)

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  3. Did Svitlana ever make hers in a woven fabric? I just saw this and would love to make it in a non-stretchy fabric I have. Any information about this?

    1. Hi Maureen, thanks for dropping by.

      I've not heard from Svitlana since this comment so no idea if she's tried the woven version.

      I think it's possible but it would be a complex pattern made from a good dress block. My fitted dress block is available on the website if you'd like to try a woven version. But unfortunately there's no dedicated blogpost for the woven idea.