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Stella dress – extended size range

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Coming soon! This pattern will soon be re-released in an extended size range, up to hips 64′ (by October 20). The update will be available to owners of previous version as well.
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

Fabric choice, notions, measurements: see below.

Description

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).

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

Finished garment measurements in cm

Size 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
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

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).

Finished garment measurements in inches (for centimeters go to desktop version of this website)

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 35.2 35.3 35.4 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 35.6 35.7 35.8 35.9

Good to know

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Fabric choice/yardage

Length: I recommend a 60inch (150cm) wide fabric. You will need 2.9 yards (2.65 meters) for view 1, and 4 yards (3.65 meters) for view 2.
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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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). Number of pages: 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. Pattern pieces do not overlap. A 0.59” (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

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Required sewing skills

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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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. 

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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