Loft Stripe Drape Top
Loft Drape Shell
The first one I made was sewn with a deep burgundy stretch fabric from Virgo Fabric Store. The instructions were easy to follow, however I became concerned after stitching the double pleats and sewed the back to front at the shoulders. There was bulk at the shoulders and pulled out my Loft drape top and noted that there are no pleats and no bulk. I proceeded on with the top, but found myself fiddling with the shoulders and ended up doing a loop from the fashion fabric to conceal the bulk at the shoulders.
I decided to sew another drape top without the pleats in an attempt to eliminate the bulk at the shoulders. I basically marked the shoulder point where the second pleat should be and sewed the back to the front at the shoulders there. I went one step further and added sleeves from Simplicity 3634 and shortened them.
In my happy-state-of-mind I made a 3rd one using a large foral print stretch fabric and again, eliminated the pleats and added sleeves. This one has a center back seam because I was short on fabric and wanted this one to have sleeves too. My family saw this one and called me Hawaii 5-0....lol I know you remember darn near everyone on that show wearing some form of a pucci-esque, abstract or floral short-sleeve button up.
Closer pic of the shoulders w/o the pleats