Paper Theory Patterns Olya Shirt and Dress

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Buy the Olya Shirt and Dress sewing pattern from Paper Theory Patterns. Olya is a relaxed, loose fitting shirt with traditional details and a classic silhouette but unusual and innovative style lines. Olya is easy to wear and designed to be a versatile wardrobe staple with longevity. There are two patterns included: one is for the shirt, and the other is for a dress version.

It has all the details of a traditional Oxford shirt, with a two piece stand and collar, a front button placket, a back yoke with a box pleat and a barrel cuff with a tailored placket and double pleat at the wrist. The cut of the sleeve is unlike a regular shirt and has no front armhole – yet does have a back armhole. This unusual geometric detail elevates the shirt into something that is interesting and design led whilst also providing some hidden shaping in the front yoke seams to accommodate your bust. The dress finishes mid calf with splits at the sides. There is also an optional belt pattern included to cinch the dress in at the waist if desired.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: This pattern was designed for medium weight fabrics like cotton, linen and flannel, and light weight fabrics like crepe de chine, viscose or georgette. It would also make up well in some heavier fabrics like corduroy, drill and light weight denim. Knit or stretch fabrics like jersey are not recommended.

Fabric requirements:

Shirt: 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 1.94 – 2.75 m (2.12 – 3.01 yd) // 140 cm (55″) wide fabric: 1.52 – 2.35 m (1.66 – 2.56 yd).

For dress option: Increase the above fabric consumption by 80 cm (0.9 yd) for sizes 6 – 14 and 1 m (1.1 yd) for sizes 16 – 28.

Sizing: UK 6 – 28 (approx. UK 6 – 30, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Interfacing.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; A4/US letter print-at-home patterns (31 pages for shirt, 43 pages for dress); A0 copy shop patterns (2 sheets for shirt, 3 sheets for dress); US copy shop patterns (2 sheets for shirt, 2 sheets for dress) // Layers: Yes // Projector file: No.

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Additional information


Sheer, Cottons, Drape, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton, Linen

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level

Intermediate, Advanced


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56, UK 30 / US 26 / EU 58

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£10.00)

PDF Printing

31 pages (shirt), 43 pages (dress)