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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Droopy or Drapey

When I made this last week, Sewing Workshop Stella, I bemoaned the droopiness of the fabric, a rayon knit from Emma One Sock. I was trying to find the difference between droopiness, which I don't like, and drapiness, which I do like. I made another Stella top this week, out of a rayon knit from Marcy Tilton.
This one is drapey, IMHO, but not droopy. What is the difference?

The first fabric is 96% rayon, and 4% lycra. It has a silky feel, and very little body.

The second fabric is 92% rayon, and 8% spandex. It has a more cottony feeling, and enough body that the neckline doesn't lay flat.  That seems  a small difference, but it is definitely enough to notice. I wore it under my new McCalls 6408, a knit jacket out of red JoAnn's ponte knit.

You can see the difference here.

I am off for the weekend, going to a workshop on "Conscious Eldering: Aging with Intention and Passion", with a college friend from UCLA.



  1. Oh, I see! Yes, I can tell the difference. The "droopy" top is nice, but I do like the "drapy" top better.

    Very nice! And I love that red cardigan and those amazing black specs!

  2. What fabulous colors on you! I love that red. Yes, many rayon knits can be droopy instead of drapey. The hand of the knit is almost "limp". Both tops look great on you.
    The aging workshop sounds great. I hope you have a great time!

  3. Your workshop sounds fun. Bet you could teach them a thing or two! Like both tops but can see the difference. What we need to know to produce a great garment!!!

  4. I love both tops - you look so beautiful in them!
    big hug,

  5. Both tops are very flattering on you. Glad you showed us both. Red cardigan looks good on you with both tops.

  6. Very nice tops, drapey lays nicer. You look fabulous in the red jacket.