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Orla Sew-along

Today’s the day! The first tutorial on our #Sewtemeber2018 sew-along tour is my tutorial on the French Navy Orla Dress.

In this sew-along I really wanted to put together a tutorial that even the most beginner of sewers could follow along, so with that said I’ve broken the entire sew-along into 3 parts. 

Part 1: Pattern, Adjustments, and Cutting

In this first part of the sew-along, we put together our pattern, trace the pattern. make a quick fit adjustment, wrapping up with cutting and marking our fabric.

Part 2: Constructing the Bodice

Part two of our sew-along we start the construction process by putting together the bodice top to our dress. We also make and sew our darts, sew up or seams and finish them with pinking shears, add our neckband and gather and sew on the sleeves.

Part 3: Adding the Skirt and Zip

The final part of our sew-along we make our gathered skirt, attach it to our bodice, insert our invisible zip and finishing our hem.

My Orla Dress

Last year the Orla dress seemed to be all over Instagram and I just never had a chance to put it on my sewing list. When thinking about what pattern to choose for the #Sewtemeber2018 challenge I decided this would be my opportunity to make this dress. 

I really like the subtle 60’s look of the dress and while I was nervous about the sizing, the simple adjustments I made the fit just right. 

The Construction

The construction of this dress is really easy and in truth, if I hadn’t been filming I probably could have finished this project in maybe about two-hours. 

Sewing Summary
Date Sept 03 Sharing my sew-along Mini-Series of the Orla Dress by French Navy Patterns, as part of the #sewtemeber2018 challenge.
Pattern: French Navy – Orla Dress
Version: NA
Size: XL 
Notes & Modification: Minor waist adjustment – added a total of 2-inches to the waist
Recommendations: Make more
Difficulty: Easy Rating:

I do love this dress and already have plans to make another one… in fact, I may have already cut my second one out. 

Sharing my sew-along Mini-Series of the Orla Dress by French Navy Patterns, as part of the #sewtemeber2018 challenge.
What can I say I love this dress!


This Orla dress sew-along is all part #Sewtemeber2018 challenge and as part of the challenge, you guys have an opportunity to join the fun! Remember if you make any one of the patterns featured in the #Sewtember2018 challenge and share it on Instagram by October 13th you could win one of two prizes. 

I really hope you join in the fun and get your sewing on. Also, if you have any further questions about the Oral dress or how I constructed my version please let me know in the comments below. 

Sharing my sew-along Mini-Series of the Orla Dress by French Navy Patterns, as part of the #sewtemeber2018 challenge.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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