Home Needles and Threads My summer 2021 wardrobe: A denim Celeste

My summer 2021 wardrobe: A denim Celeste

by Elsa

Celeste, the everyday dress, the one you put on and go out for the day or the more elegant version with a homemade stole.

I played with my fabric to show you my 3rd Celeste. Already 3 Celestes. You can read about my black eyelet Celeste here. The information about the red floral Celeste is only on the Minerva website.

Oh, how I love that pattern.

A pattern called ‘Celeste’

This pattern from Itch to Stitch is meant to be sewn in lightweight wovens. I say ‘lightweight’ because there are tiny gathers on the front panel.

Pattern features

  • Cup sizes A to DD
  • US 00-20
  • Front and back princess seams
  • Slanted pockets
  • Short sleeves only
  • Optional: invisible side zipper

Sewing techniques

  • Princess seams
  • Gathers
  • Understitching
  • Invisible zipper
  • Easing sleeve in

Fitting Celeste

The pattern I had already adjusted last year was a size 8 B graded to 10 at the hips.

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

Nowadays, I need more space at the bottom back otherwise I feel constricted and it’s not comfortable at all.

So I added 0.5 cm to all of the back bodice pieces.

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

I also lowered my shoulder seam near the neck, blending to nothing at the shoulder joint. This small adjustment made wonders to the extra fabric I had at the back neck and the gaping at the front.

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

However, one of the mistakes we can make when we start mastering our body and fitting techniques is to overfit.

A garment is to be lived in. We move!

So don’t tell yourself:” oh, that’s ugly to have this extra fabric there”; No, you need it!

I skipped the side zipper since the dress has enough ease. This makes it a rather easy pattern.

A lightweight summer dress

I had a crush on this fabric before even knowing what pattern I would use…This is a denim with a wide bottom band embroidered with flowers and stems and finished by scallops.

I was sure that Celeste would be nice, but I had forgotten that the skirt was made of 6 parts. I couldn’t use the border.

But sometimes you need to think out of the box.

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

The bottom band became a stole.

So you get 2 dresses in one.

The everyday Celeste…

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

…Or the more formal Celeste, with its embroidered stole.

Celeste by Itch to Stitch, La Casa Cactus

Now that I have tested some embroidered fabric, I’d like to use it on a garment. I’m looking for patterns that would show off embroidered bottoms and scallops. Please share your ideas in the comment section.

Pattern: Celeste

Fabric: denim

Notion: Vilene G700

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