About a month and a half ago, I downloaded the Japanese Inspired Twisted T-Shirt from Tites Mains. A few of you left messages letting me know that the top was a copy of a top that was in one of the Drape Drape books by Hisako Sato. While the top is quite similar to the top that is in the book, Julia of Tites Mains did write in and explained that while she was inspired by the top, she drafted it all on her own and rather than drafting it for a knit, she drafted the top for a woven fabric. She also explained that she does not own the book, so she could not have copied from the directions.
As I thought more about the pattern, I decided that this is a great opportunity to try something out and see how you like the styles that are offered in the book. If you do, please buy the book. A lot of hard work and effort goes into writing a book, so yes, the author does deserve to be compensated. But I also believe that the pattern was truly created by Julia. And remember, it is free.
I've loved the top I made from this pattern, and yes, I have purchased the books. In the meantime, I decided to once again use the pattern and create an evening gown. I'm basically finished, all that's left is finishing the neckline and hemming.
I used the pattern just as it was. I then cut a rectangle for the skirt. The top only has 1 seam so I wanted only 1 seam in the skirt to match the top. The only problem with a rectangle is that it won't leave much room for walking. In order to move, I would need to leave a side slit, since that's the only seam I have in the skirt. I really didn't like that idea, so I added a triangle to the side seam which you can see in the 2 pictures below.
The added fullness of the triangle will make it quite easy to walk and the sweep at the side seam also adds interest.
The hem of the top sits at an angle on the hips, so I needed to compensate for this at the top of the rectangle that I added for the skirt. So rather than a straight line across, I dropped 1 side of the rectangle down 2". Look closely at the picture below and you will see an angle to the seam that connects the top to the skirt.
I'm quite happy with how the dress has turned out. You can use the same technique and make a shorter dress. This would be fun for summer and would look great as a cocktail dress too.