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Leo dress

$14.00

The Leo dress is a winter favorite to showcase legs: it looks great with boots! Let it flow freely for a nice, forgiving volume after a hearty winter meal, or try it with a belt to define your waist. It has a stand-up collar for added coverage in these cold months, bust darts for more definition, and buttoned waists because it’s all about details.

Available sizes: 2 to 16

Fabric choice, notions, measurements: see below.

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Description

Sizing

This pattern is offered in sizes 2 to 16 according to the body measurements below. Take your measurements at the widest part of bust and hips and the narrowest point of the waist, then compare these measurements to this table. Choose the size that matches your measurements best. For this dress, the most important measurement is the bust. If your waist and hips are slightly larger than the standard size, you may not need to adjust as there are lots of ease in the skirt.

Inches

Size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 31.5 33 34.7 36 37.8 39 41 42.5
Waist 23.6 25 26.8 28 30 31 33 34.6
Hips 34 35.4 37 38.6 40 41.7 43.3 44.9
Length of finished garment 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 35.6 35.7 35.8 35.9

Centimeters

Size 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Bust 80 84 88 92 96 100 104 108
Waist 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88
Hips 86 90 94 98 102 106 110 114
Longueur du vêtement fini 89,4 89,7 90 90,3 90,6 90,9 91,2 91,5

Sizing

This pattern is offered in sizes 2 to 16 according to the body measurements below. Take your measurements at the widest part of bust and hips and the narrowest point of the waist, then compare these measurements to this table. Choose the size that matches your measurements best. For this dress, the most important measurement is the bust. If your waist and hips are slightly larger than the standard size, you may not need to adjust as there are lots of ease in the skirt.

Inches (for centimeters go to desktop version of this website)

Size 2 4 6 8
Bust 31.5 33 34.7 36
Waist 23.6 25 26.8 28
Hips 34 35.4 37 38.6
Length of finished garment 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5

 

Size 10 12 14 16
Bust 37.8 39 41 42.5
Waist 30 31 33 34.6
Hips 40 41.7 43.3 44.9
Length of finished garment 35.6 35.7 35.8 35.9

Good to know

machine

Fabric choice/yardage

Length: I recommend a 60inch (150cm) wide fabric. You will need 2.7 yards (2.5 meters). If you choose a less wide fabric, divide frill pieces that are too wide for your fabric. Add 1.18 inch (3cm) seam allowance every time you divide a piece, and piece them together.
Fabric choice: all flowy fabrics: silk crepe, viscose/rayon, polyester, wool… But this pattern can also work with thin fabrics with a stiffer drape such as cotton lawn, poplin, swiss dot cotton… Beware of sheer fabrics, I personally think this dress looks better unlined (it reduces the bulk).

pin cushion

You will need

Interfacing for the collar and wrists. A 50cm zipper (about 19.6 inch), 4 small buttons (3.5 to 4.3 inch – 9 to 11mm), thread matching your fabric,  a machine needle that fits your fabric type, a marking pen, scissors and pins. 

safety pin

Formats

The French Poetry Leo dress pattern is sold in PDF and can be downloaded right after purchase in US letter or A4 (print at home) or A0 (copy shop). Number of pages: 2 in A0, 40 in A4, 45 in US letter.
Illustrated sewing instructions are also provided in PDF to guide you in tiling the A4 PDF pieces, cutting the fabric and sewing the pattern. This pattern and its instructions are in English.

Sewing instructions

You will find here a video tutorial to guide you through all the steps in making this dress (hit play then click on the symbol in the bottom right corner to display the video in full screen). A booklet is included as welll with your purchase. A 0.59” (1.5cm) seam allowance is included.
Need more explanations on how to gather fabric, insert a zipper? Many other video tutorials are available on my tutorials page.