Helen’s Closet Orchard Dress

Helen’s Closet Orchard Dress


As we prepare to bid August adieu, there’s always the temptation to start pulling out my cool weather clothes.  People start discussing Halloween and their plans to make the best out of Autumn, and it is really easy to get wrapped up in the frenzy.  That temptation is thankfully fleeting because I quickly remember that I have at least another six weeks of warm weather ahead of me.  And not just 70˚, 75˚ warm, I mean temperatures in the 90s warm.  Can’t rock your favorite cozy sweater while trying to stay cool poolside.  With some smart makes, I can still feed my creative itch, and sew some great garments to take me from the end of summer into the beginning of fall.  Using this dazzling double georgette from Minerva, I made the new Orchard Dress by Helen’s Closet!   This narrow-strapped dress is light and airy for the summer, but easy to layer for the Fall.


Orchard is a free pattern for woven fabrics, and it is a must-have for your sewing collection!  It comes in four length options – cropped top, classic camisole, short dress, and a long dress.  The dresses have pockets (YES!) and all options use bias tape for straps.  This was such a fun and quick project to make, and it only took a day to complete.  The pattern notes suggest wearing it over a shirt or a turtleneck, but I think it would also look great with a cute jean jacket.  Making Orchard out of a double georgette created this gorgeously spinnable dress (and y’all know I LOVE to spin in my dresses). 







Speaking of the fabric, I used this vibrant Minerva Core Range Double Georgette in Cerise Pink.  First things first – I’m absolutely obsessed with this color!  It’s so bright and yummy and just want I needed in these waning summer days.  The fabric is really easy to work with and I didn’t have any issues with fraying or fading in the laundry.  It’s a light to medium weight fabric which is mostly opaque for everyday use.  I wouldn’t go on stage or stand under bright theatre lights without a slip or something under it.  But for shopping, running errands, etc., it’s perfect.  One warning is that I wouldn’t make a beach cover up out of this fabric.  While it’s lightweight and breathable, any kind of oil from your body (such as sunscreen or tanning oils) will show up on the fabric.


I’ve made several Helen’s Closet patterns and they are all delightful.  Do yourself a favor and sign up for the newsletter to get the free Orchard pattern.  Then visit and pick up some double georgette and matching thread.  If you’re not into this bold pink, that’s fine.  There are 30 different colors to choose from, so I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love!









By Stitch and Shimmy

*Photo by Carrie at the Dancers Eye -*

American Cabaret Bellydancer.  Cheese Goddess. Crafty Chick. Seamwork Ambassador. Minerva Maker. Feminist Badass.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *