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Celeste, my 2020 Little Black Dress

by Elsa

Celeste, such a cute name for that new dress pattern from Itch to Stitch.

Lightweight, with a nice V neckline, it’s the perfect dress for hot summer days.

Should I start a Little Black Dress series??? One/year seems fine to me.

The Celeste pattern

This dress appears rather simple at first sigt, but it offers many interesting features.

Choosing one’s cup size means no time lost fitting that part.

The princess seams at the bust and waist shape the upper body.

Celeste Itch to Stich, La Casa Cactus

The front skirt has 3 panels. The center panel is gathered whereas the other two (the front side panels) boast nice deep pockets.

The front bodice is fully lined and the lining is interfaced. The V cut of the main bodice is also interfaced for holding its shape when worn.

You can sew an invisible zipper at the side seam.

Available in a wide range of sizes, Celeste really attracted me.

My Celeste pattern

This pattern calls for lightweight fabrics. I had this lovely cotton eyelet from Les Coupons de Saint Pierre in my stash. It had the perfect weight and drape for my Celeste dress.

I cut a size 8B for the bust graded to a size 10 for waist and hips.

I interfaced the bodice lining with Vlieseline G700.

Celeste Itch to Stich, La Casa Cactus

I didn’t need to insert the invisible zipper.

I find the end result charming and effortless.

Celeste is the dress you grab when going to the farmer’s market, paired with flats or when you plan a night out with the girls, paired with heels and a nice statement necklace.

Technical points

Nothing tricky there.

Inserting the zipper is clearly explained with detailed instructions by Kennis.

I stay-stitched the neckline.

My main piece of advice is to check that both V points match…don’t ask…!

Celeste Itch to Stich, La Casa Cactus

Do not skip the grading of the seams since there are places where the layers are thick. You will get nicer seams, trust me.

What do you think of Celeste?

Ready to sew one? If so, what type of fabric would you choose?

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