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Fiddleleaf Orla + Wearing Summer Dresses Into Fall

Okay, so it’s still 90/32 degrees here in St. Louis.  But between my love for fall and my 65/17 degree office, I am soooo ready to transition some of my summer dresses to fall wear!  Today I’m showing you four ways to wear your summer dresses all year round.  And hopefully you can pull things you already own out of your closet to replicate all of these.  It’s so easy to wear your summer dresses into fall!

I’m pairing all these options with my latest Orla dress, in fabric c/o Hawthorne Threads.  They were one of our amazing sponsors for An Orla Affair, and they also let me make some items with one of their latest collections, Moonlit!  In case you’re new to Hawthorne Threads, they’re a double threat.  Not only do they sell lots of gorgeous designer fabrics, they also print their own designs on a variety of fabric weights.  This dress is in their Fiddlehead Leaf print, in the poplin weight.  I’ve sewn with their quilting cottons and rayons as well, and they’re all so nice.  The color quality is excellent, too — it doesn’t fade with washes like some other digitally printed fabrics do.

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Wearing Summer Dresses into Fall

Pullover Sweater

Sweaters are KEY to my wardrobe.  Really it doesn’t matter what season it is — I’m probably cold.  I love a good oversized sweater to layer with.  Here I’m wearing a men’s sweater from Target, which I twisted to make it fitted at my waist.  I plan to make some Seamwork Astoria pullovers this fall, too.  If you prefer a less fitted sweater, the Toaster Sweaters are super cozy!


My love for the Driftless cardigan is well-documented.  They’re the first cardigan I reach for — they’re easy to make, you can adjust the weight based on your needs, and they have giant pockets!  I’d love to make some Blackwood cardigans this fall, like this split hem hack Helen posted this week.  Plus, it’s Cardigan Week at IndieSew!  She has tons of cardigan patterns in the shop, including a basic cardi and this cozy wrap cardigan.


For a while I wasn’t really a tights person.  I probably had tights overload at my parochial grade school, and couldn’t stand to look at them anymore!  Plus, it’s always hard for me to find tights that actually fit.  My favorite tights are the Hue brand.  I’ve had this burgundy pair since high school (so at least five years!) and they’re still in great condition.  They’re thick and opaque, and the color is so cute.  I definitely recommend them!

Shirts Underneath

This may be my new favorite way to wear summer dresses into fall!  I layered a slim fit white button down underneath my Orla.  The preppy professional look of this combination is so cute!  And having sleeves is always a plus.  I want to pick up a long sleeved v neck shirt in white, too.  I think that would layer under my Orla and not show at the neckline, and then be an extra layer under a cardigan.

Even though my mother keeps texting me saying it’s “an oven” in St. Louis right now, I have faith that fall will be here soon.  And when it does — I’m ready to keep on wearing my summer dresses!  Do you have a favorite hack for taking your summer outfits into fall?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. I also like to do this, but at the moment I’m lacking some summer dresses to wear for transitioning weather haha. I was planning to make some SOI vintage shirt dresses this summer but the cold weather has suprised me without even starting. I’m not sure if I should leave my dreams of shirt dresses for spring because I’m already on a fall mindset!

    1. Oh no! I say you should still make them – just layer them!

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