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Orla dress (FREE)

French Navy

Orla is a versatile, everyday dress with a semi-fitted bodice and a flattering, slightly raised waist. The skirt is gently gathered for comfort & ease of movement and falls just above the knee if you are 170cm tall. Please adjust length according to your height and preferences.

Recommended Fabrics: Softly draping dress fabrics like Viscose and Rayon. Meterage/ Yardage: 1.45m/ 1.59 Yards of fabric 150cm/ 29.5 inches wide.

More fabric will be required if fabric is narrower.

Cutting Instructions: Cut all pieces as indicated on the pattern pieces. Also cut a 4cm wide bias strip for neck binding, roughly the same length as the neck (about 75cm).

Other Requirements: A 40cm concealed zip.

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Denim / Corduroy, Jacquard / Brocade, Lace, Linen, Silk / Satin / Sateen

Size

8, 10, 12, 14, 16

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

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  1. 5 out of 5 The Orla Dress

    MissHarrietVane

    This is a winner! A lovely pattern, easy to follow the (a bit minimalistic instructions) and with lots of possibilites to hack. I made size M and it fits perfectly. I will probably do it again, maybe add pocket, make pleats instead of a gathered skirt. And a version in so drapey fabric and a wider skirt would also be nice.

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  2. Orla dress (FREE)

    sewinthegarden

    Yes I’ve made another Orla. I’m still completely in love with this dress. This time I used a four way stretch triple crepe from Sew Me Sunshine which meant I didn’t need a zip, yay!

    I made the back bodice as one piece and instead of a gathered skirt I added pleats which lined up with my dart clusters. The dart clusters come from having to do a large FBA but they actually add a nice feature to the dress.

    As always I will continue to add more Orlas to my wardrobe. I think this is number five! It’s the perfect pattern for beginners and for hacking plus it’s free which is amazing.

    More images over on http://www.sewinthegarden.co.uk.

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  3. Orla dress (FREE)

    KatKlebenow

    Orla Dress, made using a vintage sheet. I drafted a bodice/sleeve lining to accompany the pattern instead of binding the neckline, and used a silk/cotton blend for that. After sewing, I dip dyed the hem of the skirt in electric blue and strong navy fiber reactive dye to give it an ombre effect.

    I do like the Orla, but if I make it again I think I’d take a little puff out of the sleeves. I also lengthened this dress by about 3″, and I lengthened the bodice 1″ as well – so if you’re tall keep an eye out for it.

    More details on my blog, http://www.katmakes.com

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  4. Orla dress (FREE)

    abbeyhere

    Absolutely love this Orla dress! Made the medium size and only had to lower the bust darts by 1/2″. The rest fits perfectly! Ordered this floral viscose twill a few years ago from Blackbird Fabrics and am so pleased that I stashed it until making this dress <3 Already planning a wardrobe full of Orlas!

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  5. Orla dress (FREE)

    sewinthegarden

    I have definitely had an Orla affair. I absolutely love this free pattern from French Navy. It’s simple design means it is great for beginners but also perfect for hacking. I’ve made three versions so far, one straight from the pattern, one with added pockets and my most “famous” cactus print one with a pleated skirt and pom-pom trim. This pattern is great without any hacks and works well with both bright bold prints and simpler plain fabrics. The instructions are very basic but if you’ve made a dress before you won’t have any issues.

    To get the perfect fit for my (very) large bust I’ve done a FBA and converted the waist dart into a cluster of three smaller darts.

    I have plans for about 5 more and this will definitely be my go to bodice block, I have visions of an Orla wardrobe. There’s a post over on my blog all about my cactus Orla, http://www.sewinthegarden.co.uk.

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