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Pleiades 1 dress

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Our iconic Pleiades 1 dress features a signature inverted V-cut on bodice front, and has a lot of feminine details: soft gathers at shoulders and sleeve heads, covered buttons… Make Pleiades your own and wear it from Winter to Summer with several options: long sleeves, short sleeves, short tied sleeves, or “lantern” sleeves; gathered skirt, frilly skirt, or frill-less skirt.

  • Format: layered A0, A4 and US letter PDF (one layer per size).
  • Pattern pieces do not overlap.
  • A 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance is included.
  • A fully illustrated, 23 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.
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Fabric choice/yardage

Length: with a 60inch (150cm) wide fabric, up to size 16 you will need a maximum of 2.8 yards(2.5m). For sizes 16 to 34, you will need a maximum of 4 yards (3.5m) fabric for the version without frill, and 4.6 yards (4.2m) for version with frill.

Fabric choice: a large choice of woven fabrics: crepe, twill, poplin, double gauze… in  cotton, viscose, polyester, linen, tencel… This pattern is also ideal for velvet, as it has shoulder gathers instead of bust darts. You will need more fabric to match prints if any. 

You will need

A 21inch (55cm) zipper, interfacing in the right weight for your fabric (half a yard or meter will be enough), 6 buttons for the bodice (they are decorative but also a way to hold facing in place even better). Matching thread for your fabric, scissors, pins, a marking pen, a machine needle that fits your fabric type. You will also need some strips of interfacing or organza to stabilize seams that are on the bias, to prevent any stretching (optional but recommended).

Sewing level

Intermediate: 3/5. You will need to sew a zipper and make gathers on several pieces (there are videos about these techniques here).

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 measurements for Pléiades 1.

For this dress sewing pattern, the most important measurement is your bust measurement: choose the size closest to this measurement. If your waist and / or hips are one size bigger or smaller, you will not need to adjust.

International size XS S M M L L L XL
French Poetry size (size guide) 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 84 88 92 96 100 104 108 112
Waist 99 103 107 111 115 119 123 127
Hips 125 129 133 137 141 145 149 153
Length 88 89.5 91 92.5 94 95.5 97 98.5

The pattern was entirely re-done for these sizes: it was not just graded in bigger sizes, it was conceived specifically for this size range to offer a flattering cut, and tested out on live models.

International size 1X/XL 1X/XL 2X/XXL 3X 3X 4X 4X 5X 5X 6X
French Poetry size (size guide) 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Bust 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162
Waist 167 172 177 182 187 192 197 202 207 212
Hips 183.5 188.5 193.5 198.5 203.5 208.5 213.5 218.5 223.5 228.5
Length 101 101.6 102.3 102.9 103.5 104.1 104.8 105.4 106 106.6
International size XS S M M L L L XL
French Poetry size (size guide) 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 33 34.5 36 38 39 41 42.5 44
Waist 39 40.5 42 43.7 45 47 48.5 50
Hips 49 51 52.5 54 55.5 57 59 60
Length 34.5 35 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 39

The pattern was entirely re-done for these sizes: it was not just graded in bigger sizes, it was conceived specifically for this size range to offer a flattering cut, and tested out on live models.

International size 1X/XL 1X/XL 2X/XXL 3X 3X 4X 4X 5X 5X 6X
French Poetry size (size guide) 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Bust 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64
Waist 65.6 67.6 69.6 71.6 73.6 75.6 77.6 79.6 81.6 83.6
Hips 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90
Length 40 40 40 40.5 40.5 41 41 41.5 42 42

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 measurements for Pléiades 1.

For this dress sewing pattern, the most important measurement is your bust measurement: choose the size closest to this measurement. If your waist and / or hips are one size bigger, you will not need to adjust.

Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
XS 2 84 99 125 88
S 4 88 103 129 89.5
M 6 92 107 133 91
M 8 96 111 137 92.5
L 10 100 115 141 94
L 12 104 119 145 95.5
L 14 108 123 149 97
XL 16 112 127 153 98.5

The pattern was entirely re-done for these sizes: it was not just graded in bigger sizes, it was conceived specifically for this size range to offer a flattering cut, and tested out on live models.

Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
1X/XL 16 117 167 183.5 101
1X/XL 18 122 172 188.5 101.6
2X/XXL 20 127 177 193.5 102.3
3X 22 132 182 198.5 103
3X 24 137 187 203.5 103.5
4X 26 142 192 208.5 104
4X 28 147 197 213.5 105
5X 30 152 202 218.5 105.4
5X 32 157 207 223.5 106
6X 34 162 212 228.5 106.6
Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
XS 2 33 39 49 34.5
S 4 34.5 40.5 51 35
M 6 36 42 52.5 36
M 8 38 43.7 54 36.5
L 10 39 45 55.5 37
L 12 41 47 57 37.5
L 14 42.5 48.5 59 38
XL 16 44 50 60 39

The pattern was entirely re-done for these sizes: it was not just graded in bigger sizes, it was conceived specifically for this size range to offer a flattering cut, and tested out on live models.

Intl size French Poetry size (size guide) Bust Waist Hips Length
1X/XL 16 46 65.6 72 40
1X/XL 18 48 67.6 74 40
2X/XXL 20 50 69.6 76 40
3X 22 52 71.6 78 40.5
3X 24 54 73.6 80 40.5
4X 26 56 75.6 82 41
4X 28 58 77.6 84 41
5X 30 60 79.6 86 41.5
5X 32 62 81.6 88 42
6X 34 64 83.6 90 42

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