So this is my second make in my summer wardrobe series where I got the pleasure of working with this AMAZING cotton lawn from LA Finch Fabrics.
I decided that I would make another French Navy Orla with this fabric. If you follow me regularly you know that I have already made two of these and that I love this pattern not only because it is a free download but because of the beautiful simplicity of the pattern. I also was inspired by the latest posts on Instagram where it is an Orla month presented by the amazing bloggers listed below.
I love that everyone is getting inspired to make their own Orla and put their personal touch to the lovely silhouette of this dress.
I wanted to make my third Orla a tad bit different than my first two and decided to modify the sleeves by making a sleeveless dress and adding frilled sleeves. I had never made frilled sleeves before however, I was determined once the thought entered my mind to make them. Creativity is a beast sometimes. Haha!
I sewed up my Orla like normal and then cut out two sets of sleeves by measuring across about 19 inches wide of fabric with a slightly curved section at the top.
You can definitely use a dressmakers ruler for this but I just eyeballed my sections. I then sewed up the flat side together with right sides facing and sewed up and gathered the curved sections. I then attached the gathered sleeves to my armcyes that I had already hemmed.
The amount of gathering is completely up to you but this amount works for me. I love the look of these sleeves and I will definitely be using this same look on future projects.
I attached a lime green invisible zip, added pockets and I was pretty much done save the hemming.
I love this dress even more than I thought that I would! This fabric is amazing and it definitely makes me want to work with more cotton lawns especially if they are as beautiful as this floral print!
Have a beautiful day!