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ice cream dress

I decided to join in the Ice Cream Social after seeing the Flickr group. I’ve been looking at the Oliver & S site for some months, pondering over which of their patterns I wanted to try, and so this sew-along seemed an ideal time to try. Of course, I decided rather late and then had the brilliant idea of ordering my pattern from America (which was surprisingly quick). So I only started work on the dress this weekend.

I bought the main fabric (Alexander Henry Willow Wren Pink) some months ago on Etsy and then was rather surprised at the size of the birds when it arrived. So it’s been sitting around waiting for the right project and my first stab at the Ice Cream dress seems to be just that. I decided to add pink gingham as the contrast fabric which I’ve cut on the cross for aesthetic reasons. (There were some worrying moments when I was attaching the bottom panel because the fabric cut that way was extremely elastic but I just managed to wrangle it so that it kept to the right size. Nothing like making things more difficult for myself?!)

yoke front

The v-shape in the yoke is not perfect but after I’d done it three times I decided to stop stressing out and leave it like that. I’ll practise on the next one I do. Weirdly the v on the pockets turned out better. Perhaps I should have done the pockets first?

I opted to use French seams on the dress which means that the inside is completely finished and neat. For some unknown reason I always assumed that French seams were tricky to do. In fact I find them a lot easier than other seams.

yoke back

And now all I need to do is find a little pink button for the back and the dress can be worn. I tried the dress on my daughter yesterday and it fits perfectly. However my daughter is 3 and a half and I made a size 4. So I now need to buy the larger size of the pattern to make her more dresses like it as I have a feeling she’s going to grow out of it rather fast.

I found being part of a sew-along was a great help, especially as I am such a beginner sewer. Also it was very inspiring seeing all the other versions of the dresses. It’s definitely something that I’ll join in with again. Thank you so much to the two hosts!

I’m now planning on making the blouse version of the pattern. Watch this space!

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4 Responses

  1. That dress is adorable! I love the AH fabric too.

  2. Hi there! I think your little dresses are sweet. Your daughter must look so cute. I can’t believe that you are a new sewer! These look so professional!
    Have a lovely day :0)
    Val xx Oxfordshire UK

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