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Etoile dress

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Etoile is the perfect little summer dress, with a simple yet sophisticated cut recently updated for an even more flattering silhouette. It defines the figure with breast darts and waist darts at the front and back, and comes with 3 sleeve options: simple short sleeves (view A), slightly puffed short sleeves tied with a narrow ribbon (view B), or with a wide ribbon (view C). Depending on your body shape, you can choose to reduce or eliminate the waist darts. Bust adjustments are also very easy to perform thanks to the classic bust dart. You can also very easily modify the length to make it into a midi dress using the lengthen/shorten line.

  • Format: layered A0, A4 and US letter PDF (one layer per size).
  • Pattern pieces never overlap.
  • A 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance is included.
  • A fully illustrated, 27 pages booklet is provided with the pattern, with highly detailed illustrations.
  • This pattern and its instructions are in English. You can purchase French version here.
  • Sizing, fabric choice, notions: see below. This pattern is available from size XXS to XL.
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Description

Fabric choice

Woven fabrics such as poplin, crepe, twill, satin… in cotton, linen, silk, viscose, tencel, cupro, polyester… Preferably in light to medium weight (a heavy linen can be perfectly suitable, but beware of thick fabrics like corduroy that would reduce the built-in ease).

Notions

1.09 yard (1 meter) of interfacing for facings. 11 small buttons (7/16’’ or 11mm), matching thread for your fabric, a machine needle matching your fabric type, a marking pen, scissors and pins. 

Sewing level

Intermediate (2/5). If you have already sewn a whole garment, you will do great! This pattern has few pieces and you will be guided throughout the process with a 20 pages fully illustrated booklet. View A (simple short sleeves) is good for a beginner, while the sleeves of view B and C can be a little more tricky.

Required fabric length

The amount of fabric required is calculated with a small safety margin of 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15cm). Increase quantity for pattern matching if your fabric has a pattern on it.

55” wide fabric

International sizes XXS to L L to XL
French Poetry sizes (size guide) 0 to 10 12 to 16
View A (simple short sleeves) 1.5 yard 2.2 yards
View B (slightly puffed sleeves with narrow ties) 1.5 yard 2.2 yards
View C (slightly puffed sleeves with wider ties) 1.8 yard 2.2 yards

43” wide fabric

International sizes XXS to M L to XL
French Poetry sizes (size guide) 0 to 8 10 to 16
View A (simple short sleeves) 2.4 yards 2.6 yards
View B (slightly puffed sleeves with narrow ties) 2.6 yards 2.75 yards
View C (slightly puffed sleeves with wider ties) 2.9 yards 3 yards

55” wide fabric

International sizes XXS to L L to XL
French Poetry sizes (size guide) 0 to 10 12 to 16
View A (simple short sleeves) 1.35m 2m
View B (slightly puffed sleeves with narrow ties) 1.4m 2m
View C (slightly puffed sleeves with wider ties) 1.65m 2m

43” wide fabric

International sizes XXS to M L to XL
French Poetry sizes (size guide) 0 to 8 10 to 16
View A (simple short sleeves) 2.2m 2.4m
View B (slightly puffed sleeves with narrow ties) 2.4m 2.5m
View C (slightly puffed sleeves with wider ties) 2.5m 2.7m

Finished garment measurements

You can find your French Poetry size based on your measurements or ready-to-wear size (US, EU, UK, AU, international) using the Size guide. Please find below the finished garment measurements. This dress is quite fitted: we recommend choosing your size based on body measurements for bust and hips, as you will need the ease to move and sit down. At waist, if you choose to reduce or omit the waist darts, you can gain up to 5cm in the front and 5cm in the back.

International size XXS XS S M M L L L XL
French Poetry size (size guide) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 33 35 37 38 40 41 43 44 46
Waist 27 28 30 31 33 35 36 38 39
Hips 35 36 38 39 41 43 44 46 47
Length 35.6 35.6 36 36 36.4 36.4 36.8 36.8 37
International size XXS XS S M M L L L XL
French Poetry size (size guide) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 85 89 93 97 101 105 109 113 117
Waist 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100
Hips 88 92 96 100 104 108 112 116 120
Length 90.5 90.5 91.5 91.5 92.5 92.5 93.5 93.5 93.5

Finished garment measurements

You can find your French Poetry size based on your measurements or ready-to-wear size (US, EU, UK, AU, international) using the Size guide. Please find below the finished garment measurements. This dress is quite fitted: we recommend choosing your size based on body measurements for bust and hips, as you will need the ease to move and sit down. At waist, if you choose to reduce or omit the waist darts, you can gain up to 5cm in the front and 5cm in the back.

Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
XXS 0 33 27 35 35.6
XS 2 35 28 36 35.6
S 4 37 30 38 36
M 6 38 31 39 36
M 8 40 33 41 36.4
L 10 41 35 43 36.4
L 12 43 36 44 36.8
L 14 44 38 46 36.8
XL 16 46 39 47 37.2
Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
XXS 0 85 68 88 90.5
XS 2 89 72 92 90.5
S 4 93 76 96 91.5
M 6 97 80 100 91.5
M 8 101 84 104 92.5
L 10 105 88 108 92.5
L 12 109 92 112 93.5
L 14 113 96 116 93.5
XL 16 117 100 120 93.5

Your makes on Instagram

Tag your makes under #FPetoile or #FrenchPoetryPatterns to share them with other sewists 🙂

A young woman wears a red dress with tiny floral pattern that hugs her curves. The dress reaches mid-thigh, is buttoned at the front and has short, gathered and knotted sleeves.

Lise created this lovely Etoile dress in printed red viscose with small white buttons.

A young woman walks along a path in the countryside. She has long hair and wears a short summer dress buttoned at the front, slightly low-cut, with small gathered sleeves, made from a viscose fabric with a floral print.

A little spring dress made by Valerie in a viscose with a small floral print, in a knotted-sleeve version (view B).

A young brunette woman with long hair looks in the mirror and takes a photo. She's wearing a short red dress with white polka dots, slightly low-cut and rather slim-fitting, with small knotted sleeves.

Cyrielle opted for view C, sleeves tied with wide ribbons, for her Etoile dress in pretty red viscose with small white polka dots.

Close-up on the gathered sleeves and pretty décolleté of the Etoile dress in floral black viscose.

We love this elegant, delicate version of the Etoile dress in floral black viscose – a lovely print reminiscent of a famous Parisian brand!

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