Orla Shirt Dress – Sewing Tutorial

I am back with a final sewing tutorial for An Orla Affair. I know, I know… I am behind. It is already August 2, and I was supposed to have it up last week… I apologize for that. July has been crazy busy with wedding plans in full swing, numerous family vacations planned and busy work, yet I really wanted to contribute as much as I could to this cause. I guess better late than never!

Keep reading “Orla Shirt Dress – Sewing Tutorial”

Shirt Dress Orla – An Orla Affair

I apologize for posting this later than I intended. This month has been insanely busy with work and trips, and for my final trip with my family this past week and weekend I was out of reception zone, which I did not anticipate at all. 

I hope everyone is enjoying Orla Dresses popping up everywhere on social media. I certainly am! You guys have been so inspiring with your makes and hacks. I will be blatantly copying some of your ideas in the future.

I am back today to show you my final hack of the Orla Dress. I want to say I saved the best for last, but I can not chose my favourite out of the four hacks I have now done. I love them all. However my last hack is more involved and having extra time to complete it was definitely helpful. As you can see, my last Orla is a proper shirt dress, with button up front, yoke and a shirt collar.

Keep reading “Shirt Dress Orla – An Orla Affair”

Shirt Dress Orla – Drafting Tutorial

What a month it has been! I loved seeing all the Orlas poping up on my Instagram feed. You guys are so awesome. Thank you to every single one of you for participating in this Orla Affair.

As promised I am back to show you all the drafting alterations to make a shirt dress Orla.

This dress will require a few more involved modifications than other Orla’s , and some actual drafting. But don’t worry, I will walk you through every single step. I have no doubts you will be able to do it! So, let’s jump in.

Keep reading “Shirt Dress Orla – Drafting Tutorial”

Garconne Dress


I haven’t tested any patterns in a while and when Charlotte Kan sent out a call for pattern testers for this shirt / shirt dress I jumped on the opportunity. I don’t really wear button up shirts and I don’t have any shirt dresses… I was under impression that I don’t really like them, but I think it is because I don’t know how to pair them into an outfit (I know, someone is probably rolling their eyes right now… ) I’ve had Archer and Alder patterns for a while but I am yet to make them. So I thought with me testing a pattern, I would have no choice but to make a shirt or a shirt dress and then I would be forced to figure out how to wear it.

Keep reading “Garconne Dress”

Shirt Dress for Mom

shirt dress mom 2A couple weeks ago my mom brought home a shirt dress. It was very pretty – a light blue linen, button placket closure, a collar and fake slashed pockets at the front. Mom looked a little guilty when she was showing it to me, it was almost as if she was looking for justification. The dress indeed was very pretty. But as it turned out it was outrageously expensive! $200! Well, as far as I remember $180 on sale. I don’t know if it is me being able to sew or just being cheap, I thought it was too expensive. So I told her what I thought, but she really wanted it… It was exactly what she liked! What is a girl to do? Of course I told my mom she needs to return the dress and I will make her one instead (brownie points for being a good daughter 🙂 ).

Keep reading “Shirt Dress for Mom”

Floral Shirt Dress

IMG_8164I love the idea of this dress so much that this is the second time I am making it! In pretty much identical fabrics and finishes. Yep, that’s real love for a garment if you ask me. I made the first version of this dress back in summer of 2009. I didn’t have a serger and I was just getting back into sewing. I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern because back in those days I still expected the pattern to fit me straight out of the envelope. It’s custom made garment right? Doesn’t it fit awesome just by definition? Yep, that’s what I thought. Nonetheless, the dress fit well enough, I wore it to pieces and got a ton of compliments! One of my friends even said that the dress was her favorite garment I made ever.

Keep reading “Floral Shirt Dress”