Orla Dress in Linen

Reviewed by Mertxe on 28th November, 2019

Big thanks to French Navy for the Orla Dress free PDF pattern!
I’ve been looking for this kind of casual, comfortable and yet shaped dress, and after some failure, I have finally found the one.

Similar to the Hinterland dress, but more fitted to the waist, the Orla dress has the perfect amount of gathering at the waist, the perfect waist height and skirt length, at least of my body type and taste.

I made one small modification: giving a little more ease in the bodice sides, maybe a couple of centimetres in total, and a big one: cutting it at the centre front, and adding a button stand for buttons and buttonholes, to imitate the boho air of the before mentioned Hinterland dress.
The only thing I don’t like about this pattern, and it is not a minor one, is the sleeves. They have too much ease at the cap, and it was impossible to smooth all that into the seam, specially in this thick linen, so I had no other option but pinching it. The angle of the sleeves, how they hang, is totally off. Luckily, linen is so wrinkly that both pinching and of angles are covered.