French Poetry Pleiades 1 Dress SIZES XL-6XL (Intermediate)

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French Poetry's popular 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 suitable for several seasons by selecting the different style options included: long sleeves, short sleeves, short tied sleeves, or “lantern” sleeves; gathered skirt, frilly skirt, or frill-less skirt.

**This pattern is in English**

Available sizes:

 XL - 6XL (also available in XS - XL, please seem other listing)


3/5 – average. You need to be familiar with reading a sewing pattern, to know how to make gathers, insert a zipper, set in sleeves… Tutorials available here.


Length: with a 60inch (150cm) wide fabric, 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).



Patterns adapted in this new size range have been entirely redrafted to offer a flattering cut. This is why, if you compare the two size ranges, you may find that pattern pieces have a slightly different shape.

French Poetry size 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Intl size 1X /XL 1X/ XL 2X / XXL 3X 3X 4X 4X      
US size 12W 14W 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W 28W  
EU size 48 48/50 50 54W 56W 58W        
UK/AU size 18 20 22 24 26          
Bust measurement 108 to 112cm 113 to 117cm 118 to 122cm 123 to 127cm 128 to 132cm 133 to 137cm 138 to 142cm 143 to 147cm 148 to 152cm 153 to 157cm
Waist measurement 88 to 97cm 98 to 102cm 103 to 107cm 108 to 112cm 113 to 117cm 118 to 122cm 123 to 127cm 128 to 132cm 133 to 137cm 138 to 142cm
Hips measurement 114 to 118cm 119 to 123cm 124 to 128cm 129 to 133cm 134 to 138cm 139 to 143cm 144 to 148cm 149 to 153cm 154 to 158cm 159 to 163cm

Finished measurements:

The pattern has been completely redesigned for these sizes: it is not a simple enlargement, it has been designed specifically to offer a flattering fit for everyone, and tested by real models.

International size 1X/XL 1X/XL 2X/XXL 3X 3X 4X 4X 5X 5X 6X
French Poetry size ( size guide ) 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66
Chest 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 157 162
Size 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
Garment length 101 101.6 102.3 102.9 103.5 104.1 104.8 105.4 106 106.6

This drawing shows the different options of the sewing pattern: short, long or lantern sleeves, skirt with or without frill.

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