French Poetry Aquarius Dress (Intermediate)

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Aquarius is a modern day princess dress, with its fitted bodice and dreamy full skirt for maximum twirl factor. Its most charming detail is undoubtedly the ladder lace trim that delicately highlights the silhouette. Include this girly dress in your everyday style for a striking outfit, or make it in your most beautiful fabrics for a special event. Would it not be the most adorable of wedding dress patterns, or prom dress patterns?

**This pattern is in English**

Available sizes:



Advanced (4/5) or intermediate (3/5), difficulty depending on the chosen instructions: two versions are described in the booklet, one more suited to experimented sewists looking for a new challenge and wishing to learn new techniques. You will be guided throughout the process by a detailed booklet illustrated with over a hundred digital illustrations. You will learn haute couture techniques, and discover how to make a very full structured skirt, thanks to an ultra-light tulle structure that is never in contact with the skin.


Broderie anglaise (eyelet/embroidered cotton), lace, but also woven fabrics such as crepe, twill, challis, in silk, viscose, polyester, cotton, linen, tencel… 


1.55 yard (1.4m) of interfacing. A 40cm zipper (about 15.7 inches), 2.7m (2.95 yards) of ladder lace trim (the embroidered part should be 25/64’’ (1cm) wide or close to this measurement), 30’’ (75cm) of stiff tulle/mesh fabric, thread matching your fabric, a sleeve ironing board, a machine needle that fits your fabric type, a marking pen, scissors and pins. 

Fabric requirements:



International sizes XS to M L to XL
French Poetry sizes  2 to 8 10 to 16
Main fabric 3.4m 3.8m
Lining 1.7m 1.7m


International sizes XS to M L to XL
French Poetry sizes
2 to 8 10 to 16
Main fabric 4.1m 4.4m
Lining 1.8m 2.1m


French Poetry size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Intl size XS S M M L L L XL
US size 0 2 4 6/8 10 12 14/16 18
EU size 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
UK/AU sizes 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Bust measurement 80 to 83cm 84 to 87cm 88 to 91cm 92 to 95cm 96 to 99cm 100 to 103cm 104 to 107cm 108 to 111cm
Waist measurement 60 to 63cm 64 to 67cm 68 to 71cm 72 to 75cm 76 to 79cm 80 to 83cm 84 to 87cm 88 to 91cm
Hips measurement 86 to 89cm 90 to 93cm 94 to 97cm 98 to 101cm 102 to 105cm 106 to 109cm 110 to 113cm 114 to 117cm

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. This dress needs to be fitted at bust for a flattering fit. Check finished garment measurements below and choose the closest size to your actual measurements at bust; if in between sizes, trace a line between these two sizes to get the best fit.


International size XS S M M L L L XL
French Poetry size
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 87 91 95 99 103 107 111 115
Waist 67 71 75 79 83 87 91 115
Hips 132 136 140 144 148 152 156 160
Length 90 90 91 92 93 93 94 95

This is the technical drawing of the Aquarius dress. It has a fitted bodice with front and back waist darts as well as bust darts, a very full skirt, long sleeves, and the bodice, waistband and cuffs are adorned with a lace ladder trim.