Bust Dart Rotation Tutorial – An Orla Affair

I am back today with a few more posts including this quick tutorial on how to rotate bust darts on your Orla dress, or any other dress or bodice pattern for that matter. I am doing this to get the pattern ready for shift dress hack, but you may just prefer different darts or something… I don’t know, but knowing this definitely comes in handy when pattern hacking.

I will only be rotating bust darts so front bodice is the only pattern piece I will need. The new bust dart is shown in a red line in the image below. The print of the fabric is so busy and it is hard to see the dart otherwise.

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Another Sleeveless Orla – Lined, Box Pleat Skirt ...

What a week! Life has been insanely busy this week and I have fell a few days behind on my contributions to Orla Affair. For that I apologize. I am taking this weekend off all other activities so that I can catch up on my blogging and have the rest of tutorials coming your way on schedule.

Today I am back with sewing tips for making this box pleat Orla Dress with lined bodice and a waistband. So, let’s jump right in.

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Another Sleeveless Orla Inspiration – An Orla Aff...

I am starting to question if I have anything against sleeves… All of my Orla hacks to date have been sleeveless. I really don’t! I love sleeves! I blame the insane heat that Calgary has been through in the past few weeks for all the sleeveless Orlas that are coming your way. It has been so hot that I haven’t sewn as much as I want to because turning on the iron seems like the worst form of torture.

Sure, this Orla is sleeveless, but I think the similarities between this version and the other one I posted earlier stop here. On this version I have changed the neckline to a slightly curved v-neck both at the front and the back. I have added a waistband to separate the bodice from the skirt, which now has 4 box pleats instead of gathers. Oh yes, I forgot about another similarity, this Orla also has pockets. Because pockets rock.

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Sleeveless Dress Sewing Tutorial – An Orla Affair

This is the most blogging I have ever done. Ever. This is my 7th post in 3 days! Insane.

I am very excited to finally share the sewing steps to make sleeveless Orla with pockets and striped skirt, while using facings to finish neckline and armholes. It will be a very long and picture heavy tutorial, so grab a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of wine and join in.

At this point I assume that you have done modifications to your bodice pieces to make them sleveless,drafted your facings and pockets, as well as altered skirt pieces to make striped skirt. The last step is optional however, you do not need to have a striped skirt to make a sleeveless Orla. Not all Orlas must have a striped skirt after all…

I also assume that you have all your pieces cut out and ready to sew. So here we go!

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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,