1 month ago

Sleeveless Orla – An Orla Affair

As promised, today I am back with a very simple hack for a Orla Dress. A sleeveless Orla is a logical next step in hacking this pattern. Going sleeveless makes for a wonderful summer dress if it is made out of lightweight fabric. At the same time it will be a great layering dress for colder months since you can easily throw a cardigan over it without bunching up the sleeves, or you can wear it over a blouse or turtleneck for a fun layered look.

I am not going to lie and pretend that I came up with this design. This dress is a direct rip off a dress I saw on Pinterest years ago and saved for future reference. When An Orla Affair came to be, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to finally make it.

My dress is made out of cotton satin with a very slight stretch. I had both white and black fabric in my stash for years. I bought it with a box pleat black and white striped skirt in mind. The skirt was never meant to be and this Orla was.

I have drafted both facings and pockets for this Orla, and also made modifications top the bodice to make it sleeveless. I also slightly modified the skirt to create irregular width stripes out of white and black fabric.

Because I used cotton satin, which was a little heavier, the gathers on the skirt made it a bit stiffer. And rather than allowing it to hang nicely the skirt is slightly, poof-ier. This is the effect that I wanted and I am really happy with it.

I think this would be a perfect dress for a summer wedding or any other dressier occasion. However, I don’t want it to be an occasion only dress, so I will definitely be wearing it to work!


To learn how to draft facings for Orla go here.

To learn how to draft inseam pockets for Orla go here.

To learn how to modify bodice to make sleeveless Orla go here.

And finally to learn how I modified the skirt to make it striped go here.


Tomorrow I will be back with a super detailed sewing tutorial on how I put this whole thing together.

Until then,

1 month ago

Striped Skirt Hack – An Orla Affair

Sometimes it is hard to find the exact striped fabric you have in mind. Be it the width of the stripes or the colours, the fabric is not always what you want it to be. Well it doesn’t have to be difficult, since you can make your own striped fabric!

In this blog post I will walk you step by step through the changes I made to Orla dress skirt pieces to make a black and white striped skirt.

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2 months ago

Facings and Pockets for Orla – Introduction

I am here today with my very first post for the Orla Affair! This is the very first post of exciting, as least in my opinion, content I have for you this month together with the other three amazing ladies –  Rachel, Allie and Maddie.

I think pockets are a great addition to any garment and Orla dress is not exception. Being able to add pockets to any garment should be a kind of superpower, in my opinion. And I have prepared a very straight forward tutorial for you on how to do that. Keep reading “Facings and Pockets for Orla – Introduction”

2 months ago

Drafting Facing – An Orla Affair

In this post I will show you how to draft an all in one facing for you Orla Dress. This will work for any garment but since July is an Orla month, I will be showing you how to add a Facing to Orla. Just like with pockets drafting tutorial, I will be back with a sewing tutorial in a couple days.

Orla dress instructions show you how to finish the neckline using bias binding, which is a great method of finishing a garment. However, some times you may need to use a less visible method or finishing a neckline. Especially if you are using a pretty fabric that you just don’t want to disrupt with extra stitching lines.

I will show you how to draft a facing that will not only finish your neckline, but also your armholes should you wish to make a sleeveless Orla. I also like to use this facing even if I am adding sleeves to my dress since this facing will not flip up as it is secured in the armhole seam.

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2 months ago

Drafting Inseam Pockets – An Orla Affair

I think that any garment hugely benefits from having nice, deep, functional pockets, and dresses are no exception. If a pattern does not provide for pockets, adding them can be a very simple hack. In this blog post I will show you, step by step just how to do that.

This post will only cover drafting aspect of adding pockets to Orla Dress, or any dress or top pattern with a waist seam. And the day after tomorrow I will be back with detailed instructions on how to sew these pockets.

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