Olya Shirt and Dress PDF

Paper Theory Patterns


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 features 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.

Suggested Fabrics: This pattern was designed for medium weight fabrics like cotton, linen and flannel. 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 // 115cm wide fabric, 1.9m – 2.2m. 140cm wide fabric, 1.5m – 1.75m. Dress // 115cm wide fabric, 2.7m – 3.5m. 140cm wide fabric, 2.1m – 2.9m.

Sizing: UK 6-20. Please see the size chart.

Ability Level: The pattern is suitable for an intermediate sewist – however there are sixty step by step instructions to guide you through the process so it would be the perfect project for an advanced beginner looking to stretch their ability and learn some more classic sewing skills.

Notions: Interfacing.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available to download immediately after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Print at home SHIRT pattern = 28 pages, Print at home DRESS pattern = 37 pages, Copy Shop SHIRT pattern = 2 A0 pages, Copy Shop DRESS pattern = 2 A0 pages, Copy Shop SHIRT & DRESS combined pattern = 3 A0 pages.

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Additional information


Chiffon / Georgette, Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe

Make time

All day

Sewing level



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

Pattern format


PDF Printing

37 Pages

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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Olya Shirt in Japanese cotton lawn


    I could not love this pattern more. It’s super well drafted and smack full of interesting details. The tutorial is illustrated and very clear plus there’s an additional sew along on the designer’s website. Read more details in my blog post: https://www.sewinglikemad.com/2019/01/olya-shirt-by-paper-theory.html

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    • xrissy

      This looks lovely!

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  2. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5


    Wearing shirts almost daily, I am always looking for new takes on this classic piece. The Olya shirt did not disappoint!

    The construction is quite interesting, with a one-piece yoke with continues into the sleeves. The length is also of my liking, since it can be tucked in or worn untucked, with enough length to show below a sweater hem line. The only point I am not are about are the pockets: they are are attached from the yoke, but on my body they sit a bit weirdly on top of my bust, and they tent to open, so I think I should close them with a button, or skip them entirely.

    The instructions are very clear, and I recommend this patter as a gateway to shirt making. I must admit I barely followed them, though I did appreciate the sudden slap to the patriarchy when it came to the direction of the closure!

    Overall, I would recommend this patter to the sewist looking for an alternative take in shirts, especially if a beginner.

    I used cotton poplin, and the finished product has enough stiffness to hold its architectural shape, but is also soft on the skin. I reckon linen would also make a spectacular Olya shirt.

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