Last month as part of #Sewtember2018 I put together a sewalong for the French Navy Orla Dress. This was the first time I made this dress, but after making it, I knew I needed another one.
Vintage Floral Orla
The first Orla dress was essentially a toile since I didn’t know exactly how well the fit would be or how’d I like it. So, I opted for a simple plain colored fabric, which turned out to be lovely in its own right.
However, for my second version, I knew I wanted to use a print of some kind.
A quick search around my stash I found this lovely vintage floral fabric that I had for some time. There wasn’t a lot of it there, just under two yards, and since it was the actual vintage fabric I didn’t want to use it for just any project.
I decided the Orla Dress would be perfect because of it’s subtle classic style reminiscence of a 1960’s style dress. Plus I knew I could squeeze it out of the amount of fabric I had.
The warm hues of the purple and magenta flowers on top of an olive green background made a for the perfect dress to lead me from summer to autumn.
I’m not sure why but purply jewel colors give me a more autumn vibe.
The Orla dress was the last make of September and was kind of a transition between my last summer make and the first autumn make.
I really love my first Orla dress and have received such nice compliments on Instagram about it. However, I think I may be much more in love with this vintage floral version.
This fabric was one of the precious items in my stash and I’m so glad I was finally able to use it.
I love the colors and tones, the fact that it works as a summer dress or can be worn with tights and cardi for autumn. It’s just a beautiful dress.
Thinking you might like to make your own Orla Dress? We’ll remember that their’s still one week left to enter the #sewtember2018 giveaway.
All you have to all you have to do make one of the patterns from one of the sew-alongs featured in this series.
Share a photo of your make on Instagram with the hashtag #SEWtember2018between Sept 8th and October 13th for a chance to win.
For full details see the #sewtember2018 post.