BHL Orsola dress in mustard linen

I’m excited to finally get to share my Orsola dress. It’s By Hand London‘s latest pattern release.

The Orsola dress is a true wrap dress. I sewed mine up in a beautiful linen from The Fabric Store.

I made a few small modification to my Orsola dress. I graded between sizes, sewing one size larger through the bust and blending to a smaller size through the waist and hips. I lengthened the bodice by 1/2 inch and the hem by 4 inches.

The bodice in the dress pattern has bust darts and waist darts. I’m an A-cup bust on a good day so I removed the bust darts, just keeping the waist darts for shape. It worked perfectly.

After toiling the skirt, I also removed the front darts. My body is angular rather than curvy and I didn’t need the extra fullness through the hips that the front darts provided. I also skimmed a few mm off the upper hip curve, just to reflect my shape better.

The result is a super comfortable and elegant dress that I’ve been wearing a great deal. It fills the ‘smart casual’ gap in my wardrobe perfectly. If I had more linen in my stash, I’d be inclined to sew up another!


8 thoughts on “BHL Orsola dress in mustard linen

  1. This is gorgeous! I’ve loved every version I’ve seen of this dress and this is one of those times I really wish that an indie pattern was graded a little larger! Did you ever think of a ltwt denim or chambray for this? It would be as stunning as this one is!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I agree, a light denim or chambray would be lovely in this dress. It is just the right amount of “dressy” but still great and comfy to wear.

  2. It’s so beautiful, Debbie. I had been waiting for your blog post ever since I saw your photos of it on IG. I have this same linen but in caper green, you’ve inspired me to try this pattern.

  3. Thanks for reviewing this. I’ve been thinking of buying this pattern and I was hoping someone would review it in linen since that was my vision for it as well. Yours turned out great!

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