Another popular pattern by Tilly and the Buttons.
Orla is a semi-fitted shift top with delicate details offset by a modern exposed zip. Classic at first glance, a closer peek reveals a wealth of interesting design details to develop your sewing repertoire.
The bodice is shaped by curved French darts at the front, with contour and shoulder darts at the back for a great fit. The booty-shielding dipped hem is finished with a facing.
Choose from full length or cropped sleeves with a subtle pleat at the shoulder. Keep it understated with the plain neckline version, or add the adorable snowdrop collar.
Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Orla includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.
SKILL LEVEL - Improvers
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Lightweight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), cotton lawn, voile, dotted Swiss, silk or polyester crêpe de chine, lighter weight crêpe back satin.
Fabric – 1.7m (1 7/8 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide for both versions
OR 2.5m (2 ¾ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide for long sleeve version
OR 2.2m (2 3/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide for cropped sleeve version
18-20cm (7-8in) exposed zip with metal teeth (choose a striking colour if you want to make a statement!)
0.5m (20in) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
Sewing machine and basic tools, including zip foot or adjustable zip foot