So, did I have time to join this sewalong in addition to the weekly contests over at the Monthly Stitch? Sure, why not!
Well, I did end up sewing a lot this month, but it was all -- almost all -- really fun and resulted in some great new dresses. This is one of them.
For my attempt at this dress, I used a length of multicoloured rayon given to me in the recent stash cull by a friend's mom which I've mentioned previously. My adaptations were to add in side seam pockets and to add some width to the waist, as I had concerns about the sizing -- it seems to be designed for smaller people in general.
However, I had plenty of room and probably didn't need to add an inch at each side; I would have been comfortably fit with only 1/2" extra, for a closer fit look. Next time I'll do that.
So, once again, pleats/tucks/darts come to the rescue. I fiddled with it a bit and tried some different approaches, deciding on this final look with two pleats at either side of the neckline. It pulls the neckline into a squarish shape, which I think gives a vintage vibe. Then I added some vintage buttons to top it off and make the pleats look like a design feature, there on purpose!
It's a comfortable, cool dress -- loose fitting and in a light rayon. I love the colour and I know this forgiving silhouette means that I'll wear this often. There are a lot of changes I'd make if I make this one up again -- I'd use a fabric with slightly more body, and sew it up with a more fitted bodice as it's intended to have. This rendition is still wearable and summery, though, and I'll wear it.
I had fun trying out a new pattern and a new designer, and thanks to the organizers of this challenge for pushing me to make it sooner rather than later.
Have you made an Orla? Do you have a favourite free pattern to share?