The Orsola Dress Review

Hello there! It's been a while since I posted anything here on the blog, so I thought I'd write a little review of a dress I made last month. 

I was one of the testers for the newly released Orsola dress and skirt pattern by British designers By Hand London. 

Orsola Dress

I used our Rose Garden viscose and made the dress version with the tulip scallop at the front hem.
Orsola dress
The dress came together very quickly, and as the dress is a wrap style there are no fiddly zips or buttonholes to deal with, only darts on the front and back bodice pieces. The sleeveless bodice is fully lined and has a gorgeous curve at the back.  
The viscose was lovely to work with, although I was VERY careful to stay-stitch all of those curves. Plus I made sure I handled the pieces as little as possible to avoid any of them stretching out.
Orsola Dress
The back bodice on my version drapes beautifully, I think if you want it to sit closer to the body like the images provided by By Hand London then you should use some stay tape to achieve this.
I cut a size 12 at the bust and graded to a 14 at the waist and hip (a pretty standard adjustment for me in most patterns) although I probably could have got away with a straight size 12.

 Overall I really love this dress, I find it flatters my post-baby shape and is so easy to wear. 

Id' recommend it to advanced beginners (ie have sewn a couple of garments before), although if you're new to handling a slippery fabric like viscose then I'd recommend sticking to linen or a cotton lawn.

Happy Sewing x


1 comment

  • Lovely dress and helpful review.

    Ruth Lanwarne

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