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Stella dress – extended size range

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Now available in extended size range, the Stella dress is a shirt dress pattern reinvented to reveal your femininity : a dreamy princess skirt contrasts with a boyish collar and hidden tie belt, giving casual, contemporary, and classy all at once. It has been designed to fit most body shapes and to mold to your daily life: get up, get dressed, laugh, twirl around, have a good dinner, drop or put on a few pounds—and all the while, don’t worry for a second about your favorite dress not fitting you anymore.

Are you a beginner sewist? And/or do you prefer not to draw attention to your hip area? If either of these is the case, the circle skirt is for you.

Are you a seasoned sewist with a knack for donning details? And/or are you in the mood to flaunt your curves? In these cases, we’d recommend the godets skirt with its extra flounce and pronounced flair.

Available sizes: 2 to 16 (size range 1) and 16 to 34 (size range 2) up to hips 66”

Fabric choice, notions, measurements: see below.

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Sizing

You can find your French Poetry size using the Size guide. Please find below the finished garment measurements. Keep in mind that the bodice has a loose cut without bust darts, and the waist is gathered with a tie belt. The ease indicated below at hips is for godets skirt (circle skirt has of course a lot more ease).

Measurements in centimeters

Sizes 2 to 16 – finished garment measurements in cm

Size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 95 99 103 107 111 115 119 123
Waist 95 99 103 107 111 115 119 123
Hips 95 99 103 107 111 115 119 123
Longueur du vêtement fini 89,4 89,7 90 90,3 90,6 90,9 91,2 91,5

Sizes 16 to 34 – finished garment measurements in cm

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.

Size 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Bust 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162
Waist 119 124 139 134 139 144 149 154 159 164
Hips 119 124 139 134 139 144 149 154 159 164
Length 99 99.5 100 100.7 101.4 102 102.6 103.2 103.9 104.5

Measurements in inches

Sizes 2 to 16 – finished garment measurements in inches

Size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 37.4 39 40.6 42 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Waist 37.4 39 40.6 42 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Hips 37.4 39 40.6 42 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Length of finished garment 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 35.6 35.7 35.8 35.9

Sizes 16 to 34 – finished garment measurements in inches

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.

Size 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Bust 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64
Waist 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 60.5 62.5 64.5
Hips 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 60.5 62.5 64.5
Length 39 39 39.5 39.5 40 40 41 41 41.5 41.5

Sizing

You can find your French Poetry size using the Size guide. Please find below the finished garment measurements. Keep in mind that the bodice has a loose cut without bust darts, and the waist is gathered with a tie belt. The ease indicated below at hips is for godets skirt (circle skirt has of course a lot more ease).

Measurements in centimeters

Sizes 2 to 16 – finished garment measurements in cm

Size 2 4 6 8
Bust 95 99 103 107
Waist 95 99 103 107
Hips 95 99 103 107
Length 89.4 89.7 90 90.3

 

Size 10 12 14 16
Bust 111 115 119 123
Waist 111 115 119 123
Hips 111 115 119 123
Length 90.6 90.9 91.2 91.5

Sizes 16 to 34 – finished garment measurements in cm

Size 16 18 20 22
Bust 117 122 127 132
Waist 119 124 129 134
Hips 119 124 129 134
Length 99 99.5 100 100.7
24 26 28 30 32 34
137 142 147 152 157 162
139 144 149 154 159 164
139 144 149 154 159 164
101.4 102 102.6 103.2 103.9 104.5

Measurements in inches

Sizes 2 to 16 – finished garment measurements in inches

Size 2 4 6 8
Bust 37.4 39 40.6 42
Waist 37.4 39 40.6 42
Hips 37.4 39 40.6 42
Length of finished garment 35 35 35.5 35.5

 

Size 10 12 14 16
Bust 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Waist 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Hips 43.7 45.3 47 48.4
Length of finished garment 36 36 36.5 36.5

Sizes 16 to 34 – finished garment measurements in inches

Size 16 18 20 22
Bust 46 48 50 52
Waist 47 49 51 53
Hips 47 49 51 53
Length 39 39 39.5 39.5
24 26 28 30 32 34
54 56 58 60 62 64
55 57 59 60.5 62.5 64.5
55 57 59 60.5 62.5 64.5
40 40 40.5 40.5 41 41

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Fabric choice

Fabric choice: any kind of light fabric for view 1: viscose, tencel, rayon, polyester, cotton… The result will be different depending on fabric drape, giving you many options. For view 2 you must choose a tightly woven fabric that won’t easily stretch out of shape, to ensure godets are sturdy enough (otherwise they will tear at the tip).

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Complexity

Option 1: confirmed beginners. If you have already sewn a whole garment, you will do great! There is nothing particularly difficult, only several different sewing techniques (shirt collar, bound slit, buttons and buttonholes…) but you will be guided through the process in video.

Option 2: advanced level. Godets take a lot more time and are a little more difficult to sew. You will love them if you like a little challenge!

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Formats

The French Poetry Stella shirt dress pattern is sold in PDF and can be downloaded right after purchase in US letter or A4 format (print at home) or A0 (copy shop). Pattern pieces do not overlap. A 5/8” (1.5cm) seam allowance is included. A fully illustrated booklet is provided with the pattern, with highly detailed illustrations. This pattern and its instructions are in English. You can purchase French version here.
Number of pages for sizes 2 to 16: 3 in A0, 50 in US letter. In A4 there is a possibility to choose view 1 (print 39 pages), view 2 (30 pages) or both views (50 pages). Possibility to print only the size(s) you need.
Number of pages for sizes 16 to 34: 4 in A0, 60 in A4 and 65 in US letter.

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You will need

A half yard/half meter interfacing for placket, collar, collar stand and cuffs. 15 small buttons (about 0.39 inches or 9 to 11mm), matching thread for your fabric, a machine needle matching your fabric type, a marking pen, scissors and pins. A 25/64’’ (1cm) wide ribbon for tie belt, if you don’t plan on cutting it from the same fabric as the dress. This piece is included in the pattern (piece 9) but it is very long: for the plus size range, it is not shown in cutting layouts as it would cause too much fabric waste. For smaller sizes, it is sometimes shown cut in two parts. You will need: 2 yards / 2m for sizes 2 to 16, and 2 yards to 3 yards (2m to 2.5m) from sizes 16 to 34.

Fabric yardage

Yardage for 55” (140cm) wide fabric

Stella view 1 (circle skirt): 3.2 yards (2.75 meters) for sizes 2 to 8, 3 yards (3 meters) for sizes 10 to 16 (smaller size range), 4 yards (3.5 meters) for sizes 16 (plus size range) to 24 with piece 9 (belt) cut in two parts, and 4.5 yards (4 meters) for sizes 26 to 34 without piece 9 (belt: in that case, replace with ribbon), or 5.2 yards (5 meters) with piece 9.

Stella view 2 (godets skirt): 4 yards (3.8 meters) for sizes 2 to 8, 4.5 yards (4.2 meters) for sizes 10 to 16 (smaller size range), 5.5 yards (5 meters) for sizes 16 (plus size range) to 24, without piece 9 (belt), 5.5 yards (5 meters) for sizes 26 to 34, without piece 9 (belt).

Yardage for 43” (110cm) wide fabric

Stella view 1 (circle skirt): 4 yards (3.7 meters) for sizes 2 to 8, 5.2 yards (4.8 meters) for sizes 10 to 16 (smaller size range), 6 yards (5.5 meters) for sizes 16 (plus size range) to 24 with piece 9 (belt) cut in two parts, 6.2 yards (5.7 meters) for sizes 26 to 34 with piece 9 (belt) cut in two parts.

Stella view 2 (godets skirt): 6.6 yards (6 meters) for sizes 2 to 8 with piece 9 (belt) cut in 2 parts, 7 yards (6.4 meters) for sizes 10 to 16 (smaller size range) with piece 9 (belt) cut in 2 parts, 7.7 yards (7 meters) for sizes 16 (plus size range) to 34 with piece 9 (belt) cut in two parts.

Sewing instructions

Here is 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 well to illustrate PDF tiling and pattern cutting.
Need more explanations on how to gather fabric, insert a zipper? Many other video tutorials are available on my tutorials page.

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Format

PDF – Sizes 16 to 34, PDF – Sizes 2 to 16