French Poetry Pleiades Dress
I’ve seen so many lovely Pleiades dresses on Instagram, especially the double gauze versions! I’m drawn to its drape and feminine silhouette, but I wasn’t sure if it’s for me mainly because of the gathered fabric in the bust. I finally made one and wondered why I waited so long!
This is a beautiful pattern by French Poetry. It comes with various sleeves and skirt options. Matching it with different fabric types, you can easily get 10+ very different looking dresses out of this one pattern. The fabric is a lovely cotton lawn from Drapers Fabrics. It’s a lemon print on a clay red, copper-ish base. It’s very light and a bit sheer so I’d wear a slip underneath.
It doesn’t come with finished garment measurements which makes choosing the right size a bit tricky. I did a bit of Insta research and decided to make a size 2, and applied my usual adjustment to grade up a size from the waist down. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the skirt with frills, but the A-line skirt is also very cute. The dress is too short to my liking so I added 5cm to the skirt length, and it’s still well above the knees. I omitted the zip, but left a neckline opening at centre back just in case (which I can omit next time!).
And of course, I added pockets! I have a selection of favourite pocket bag pattern pieces for when I need to add them to patterns that don’t come with pockets. For this dress, I used the pocket bag pattern piece from the Peppermint Pleated Summer Dress. It’s BIG and it’s sewed to the waist seam, my favourite type of pockets 😊
This pattern has a curved waist and side seams, so I can’t just apply the rather square pocket bag without making adjustments. It’s very easy to draft one though. I traced the Peppermint pocket bag pattern onto another sheet of paper, then I put the skirt pattern on top of it, marked the pocket openings with 2 notches. Then it’s just a matter of tracing the waist and side seam onto the pocket bag pattern. It’s reduced the size of the pocket a bit but it’s still a generous size! It’s simple enough to redraw the pocket shape if it became too small.
One thing I would always do is to stabilise the pocket opening at the side seam edges with a strip of interfacing. There’s a common way to install inseam pockets, which involves snipping the seam allowance. I learned a different way to sew inseam pockets from the Tessuti Bondi Dress pattern a few years ago and I never looked back! You will find an equivalent tutorial here. It’s a game-changer if you like a neat finish inside.
How cute is this dress? Here I styled it with my favourite pair of boots, and it is so easy to dress it up or down with different footwear and accessories: sneakers, sandals, heels, you name it. This certainly won’t be my last Pleiades Dress! I’m looking forward to making a double gauze version ☺️.