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Pattern Fantastique Celestial Dress

Hello there everyone!  It’s been a while since I last blogged – life, busy, you know, all the usual.  Anyway, here is one of my most recent makes.  The Celestial Dress by Pattern Fantastique.

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Oh, how I love this dress! The fabric is rather striking – it’s a cotton/linen blend from Spotlight, bought during one of their clearance sales last year. I think that lots of people have it in their stash but are not quite sure what to do with it.  I do have to complain about the colourfastness of the fabric – or rather, the lack of it.  When I pre-washed this fabric it left lots of dark smudges on the lighter areas.  Grrr.  So I figured that I had nothing to lose by using it to make what would hopefully be a wearable muslin of a new-to-me design.

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The pattern is actually quite straightforward. One pattern piece for the front and back skirt (cut slightly higher at top of the front skirt), one pattern piece for the sleeves, one pattern piece for the front yoke, one for the back, and pattern pieces for front and back neckline facings. That’s it. The pattern comes as a pdf, and is tiled to use minimum pieces of paper. BUT – and for me this is a big but – you still have to trace the pattern pieces after assembling the pdf, as they overlap one another (apparently in order to save paper). My first thoughts when I discovered this were not very kind ones. If I am sticking pieces of paper together, I want to then just cut them out and go for it. I don’t want to then have to trace them! But in reality it wasn’t a very big deal, because of the relatively small number of pattern pieces. I got over my grumbles.  And construction sped along.

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The sleeves are self lined, and I chose to wear them folded back. They are a bit too flange-like for my liking if just left flat. The neckline facings are topstitched in place as a feature, and the in-seam side pockets are also top-stitched towards the front. I usually leave pockets out of dresses and skirts as I really don’t use them, but I will include them if they are a feature, and in this case they are.

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The dress was very quick to sew – there’s not a lot to it, no gathers or tucks or anything else like that to fuss around with.  Every pattern piece fitted together perfectly.  The pattern suggests a variety of length options. I decided to go with the maxi, but shortened it about three inches to accommodate my 158cm height. By the way, I used size 12 throughout, without any alterations.  The instructions that came with this pattern were excellent.

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I can’t seem to copy any line drawings from the website, Here is the line drawing from the website and their blurb about the pattern:

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DESIGN
Our super-femme space age gown. Strong lines and careful shaping give this dress major volume and elegant fit. The Celestial comes with length options from maxi to top lengths. It can be made in most woven fabrics. Perfect for getting married on Mars or becoming your favourite no-fuss dress.
SKILL LEVEL
Easy
SIZES
8-16 multi sized pattern
RECOMMENDED FABRICS
All wovens excluding heavy weight thick fabrics. Crisper fabrics will enhance the garment shapes, making the skirt hem appear wider. Lighter fabrics will provide drape, movement and a softer sleeve.
FORMAT
17 page pattern
11 page instruction booklet
All downloads are A4 PDF documents

From their website I have worked out that they are a new Melbourne based pattern design company. So far they only have three designs available. I’ll be interested to see what else they come up with. And I am very likely to use this pattern again. I wore this dress all day Saturday and loved it – it will definitely be a summer favourite for me.

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43 thoughts on “Pattern Fantastique Celestial Dress

      1. You certainly got this pattern fabric combo exactly right!
        Pattern bought and printed – now to decide on fabric…. 🙂
        (It reminds me of the Alice too, which in turn reminds me of the MBR Ruby….)

  1. I’ve been waiting for you to blog this!! It looks great – the colours look very well on you especially. It actually reminds me of the Tessuti Alice dress a lot – which makes me want a maxi Alice! X

    1. There are similarities to the Alice in many ways, but this looks so much better on me – I shall text you a photo of my finished way-too-big Alice! I think that the lack of gathers is actually better for chubby me. You would definitely rock a maxi Alice – go on, do it!

  2. I love this! And agree with Sarah, it’s one of my favourite things you’ve made. Pattern Fantastique sent me this pattern last week and I’ve been waiting for husband to print it for me. Although I suspect I’ll be waiting a few more months to make it though – it’s hard to be inspired to make summer frocks when it’s below zero outside… I love those sleeves on you – folded back gives just the right width for flattering shoulder shape. You know how I find it difficult to stick to a pattern – I like this one a lot, but I will probably try to figure out how I can do a sleeveless version 😉

  3. Wow, this fabric is stunning and such a great match for this pattern! I love how the topstitched curve around the neckline mimics the huge circles in the fabric. I love this style of maxi dress and could totally see myself wearing it in the summer. Congrats on a fabulous make! 🙂

  4. It’s great when a fabric/pattern combo comes off so well. And on the PDF/tracing thing I hear you- I found the same thing with the named clothing Cameron pants I made recently. It gave me a major case of the irrits.

  5. Love it! Re the tracing… Couldn’t you just print those pdf pages twice if you don’t mind using the paper and don’t want to trace? Can’t decide if I’m being really clever or really stupid here…

      1. Ugh that’s a pain. I’m with you – if I’m going to the trouble of taping a PDF I want to cut it up. I do love the fact I have the file saved in case I change size in the future. That’s the reason I never cut into paper patterns. I dislike taping, but I hate tracing! I think it’s because I don’t have a space large enough to lay everything out flat for tracing. At least with taping I can do individual pattern pieces and cut them out as I go.

  6. Love this Lara – it looks fantastic on you! Great match of pattern and fabric. Could you just have printed out the extra pages and stuck them together rather than tracing? I hate tracing!!

  7. I will admit, it is one of the more “wild” prints I have seen, but the print is fun made up. I actually like this dress on you. I love it that you think out of the box. It inspires me.

  8. This is one of my favourite makes of yous EVER!! You’ve done a brilliant job matching pattern to fabric & it really looks great on you 🙂 I hadn’t seen this pattern before so thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow this is a fabulous make! I’ve made a midi length dress and top from Celestial & I love them, but seeing yours in an amazing print makes me want to sew up another, stat! It really is a unique pattern, great dress.

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