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Olya Shirt Kit

A versatile shirt you can style in many ways, July's Sewing Society kit contains everything you need to make the Olya Shirt by Paper Theory.

Olya is a stylish and comfortable shirt that has a relaxed, effortlessly chic look. It has a loose, boxy fit which drapes gracefully over the body and looks great both tucked in or open and loose.

This oversized shirt has all the classic details you'd expect; a collar with a stand, sleeve plackets, cuffs, a button placket, a back yoke with a pleat and a curved hem. However, Olya is not your average shirt! It features lots of interesting style lines which really elevate this design.

The front yoke and sleeve are cut as one piece, so there's no armhole visible at the front. This means the stripes on the fabrics we've chosen flow in a smooth line across the body and down the arm. Hidden in this front yoke seam are two cleverly constructed chest pockets. Sew these as the patten intends or, as we've done for our red sample, leave them off for a speedier make!

On the back of the shirt the traditional yoke creates a crisp right angle where it joins onto the front - yet another of Olya's unique features.

Olya is an easy to wear shirt that will become a versatile staple in your wardrobe. She'll also provide some interesting challenges that will help to expand your sewing skills!

Lauren has styled the shirt over a True Bias Zoey Tank Top made using our Optic White Organic Basics Cotton Jersey with matching ribbing for the neckline and straps.

For this kit we've chosen two breathable fabric bases in four colours. Super soft yarn-dyed striped viscose in red, charcoal and blue as well as a beautiful, crisp white cotton.

The striped viscose adds a real elegance to this pattern. The lightweight fabric has a soft drape which means the shirt hangs delicately on the body. The coloured stripes are slightly muted and coordinate well with many other colours. This fabric is 100% viscose.

The white cotton we've chosen has a slightly crisper hand which gives a more traditional look to the shirt. This gorgeous fabric has dainty woven stripes running through it, which are punctuated with soft dobby spots. This fabric is 100% cotton.

This pattern is available in UK sizes 6-28.

The bust measurement range is 31.5"-56", waist measurement range is 24"-47.5" and hip measurement range is 34"-57.5".

If you'd like to see how the Olya Shirt looks on many different bodies, check out the Instragram hashtag here.

  • The PDF digital files for the Paper Theory Olya Shirt pattern in ALL sizes. The link to the PDF instruction booklet and PDF pattern files will be contained in your order confirmation email and are available to access when logged into the g&g website.
  • A0 print out of the Paper Theory Olya Shirt pattern in ALL sizes.
  • 2.4m of main viscose or cotton fabric (as described above)
  • 1 reel of matching Gutermann sew all thread, shade 111 (viscose kits) or 800 (cotton kits) - if don't have an overlocker and plan to use the same thread for finishing off seam allowances, we suggest you purchase an extra reel or use a similar shade left over from another project.
  • 0.6m ultra soft lightweight iron on interfacing
  • Prym Microtex Sewing Machine Needles (for viscose kits) or Prym Size 80 Sewing Machine Needles (for cotton kits)
  • 9 x 15mm buttons (corozo buttons for viscose kits or shell buttons for cotton kits)
  • 'Me Made' Sew in woven labels

A physical print out of the instruction booklet will NOT be included. You can view the instruction booklet on your device at home, print it out at home, or add the 'printed pattern instructions' product (see link below) to your order and we will print it for you.

Alongside the purchase of this kit you will receive access to Lauren's exclusive YouTube videos to be used alongside the pattern instructions.

She shares her hints and tips getting a really lovely finish on your garment including how to work with striped fabric and match stripes at key points, how to sew the hidden pockets, how to construct the unique sleeve, an alternative method for sewing the collar and much more!

The videos really hold your hand through working with stripes and getting them orientated for a professional finish.

The two video have over 60 minutes of footage, sectioned out with time stamps/chapters for easy reference and navigation.

The link to the video will be contained in your order confirmation email along with the pdf files, please please file this safely for future reference. You can also access the video links and PDF files when logged into the website.

Paper Theory rate this pattern as advanced, as it involves techniques such as sewing concealed pockets, constructing a collar and an unusual sleeve construction. However, with the assistance of the Lauren's top tips videos we believe this pattern would be suitable for a confident intermediate maker.

In general the construction is more straightforward in the cotton fabric as it is more structured.

To complete this project successfully you'll need a regular sewing machine along with Lauren's essential recommended sewing tools.

If you would like a printed copy of the instructions sent out with your kit, in addition to the PDF copy that you will receive, please see the related products below and add it to your cart as a separate product.

Your kit will be wrapped in tissue and beautifully presented in recyclable packaging.

We will aim to dispatch all kits as soon as possible after orders are placed, and we aim to have all kits shipped out by Friday 21st July.

If you order additional items along with your kit, your order will still dispatched within the shipping time frame outlined above, but may be closer towards the end of this time frame due to logistics.

As Sewing Society kits are processed and shipped from a different location to the shop, we are unable to group together kit orders with past or subsequent orders or combine orders retrospectively. Please click here for the full g&g Sewing Society shipping terms.

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