Stella dress

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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

This dress pattern comes in sizes 2 to 16 according to the body measurements below. Keep in mind that the bodice is oversize and doesn’t have bust darts, and the waist is gathered with a tie belt. Regarding the skirt, if you have narrow hips or if you like to emphasize your curves, you will like option 2; if you prefer not to draw the attention to your hips, option 1 is made for you.

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 dress pattern comes in sizes 2 to 16 according to the body measurements below. Keep in mind that the bodice is oversize and doesn’t have bust darts, and the waist is gathered with a tie belt. Regarding the skirt, if you have narrow hips or if you like to emphasize your curves, you will like option 2; if you prefer not to draw the attention to your hips, option 1 is made for you.

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

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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.
The sewing instructions are provided mainly in video (see the video below and on my YouTube channel). Written instructions (not illustrated) are provided in the booklet, as well as illustrated cutting instructions. 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.