The Ila dress

Last Monday, Olga from Coffee and Thread, released another lovely pattern, the Ila dress!

I’ve tested for Olga a couple of times before and really liked her patterns, all the dresses I’ve made from her patterns were well wore and loved. This time is no different, Olga did put a great amount of effort to bring you the best pattern.



The Ila is an A-line dress with two sleeve options, short or long, available from sizes 18 months to 12 years. The shaped yoke, front panel and in-seam pockets makes it perfect to play with different fabrics, colour blocking and use different trims or piping. Plenty of opportunities to achieve different looks!


I made the dress for F in size 7 and although I should have adjusted to her chest measurements, I have made it without modifications, just because I want M to wear it when it doesn’t fit her anymore and their chest measurements are a bit different. The dress is meant to be lined but I only made the yoke lined and it closes at the back with an invisible zipper.


The fabric I used is a viyella bought here over a year ago! Because I wanted to give it a Christmassy look, but not too much, so that it could be used during other periods, I used a plaid fabric for the pockets and yoke facing (not visible from the outside) and a burgundy ribbon to the broderie anglaise trim. 😉


I love how the dress turned out and all the possibilities to add cute details! F loved her new dress too, I can assure you! 🙂


You can get the pattern from UpCraft Club or from Coffee and Thread. This pattern is great for a Christmas dress… or any other time of the year, really!

Have a lovely weekend and hope your Christmas preparations are better than mine! I am so behind…