You may recall that I recently won my choice of a pattern from Sew Mama Sew! and picked the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress pattern. I am so excited that the dress is complete! I really love how it came out. There are two flaws that will probably always bug me, but I don’t think other people will especially notice them. Certainly not the three (almost) year old wearing it!
For fabric I bought this cute kitty cat print with an aqua background (a great color on her and she’s crazy for kitties) that is a really nice feeling apparel fabric. I’m not exactly sure what it is. Some kind of woven with a little stretch. So not the usual quilting cotton, which was nice. The solid brown was a “bottomweight” (fabric suitable for, say, pants, and indeed this fabric feels like a nice pair of pants) and is very nice feeling, about the same weight as the print.
I liked using a “fancy” pattern, nice instructions and hints. Since I knew there was an Ice Cream Dress Social (Sewalong)I also looked over at some of the posts for a couple of hints (and good thing since they pointed out the “pattern errata” that I noticed and was worried about.) Although the design of this dress is fairly simple, there were definitely some really nice techniques and details that I used and learned and will be able to apply to otehr things. The sleeves lined up perfectly (!) and the yoke lining went on very nicely. Check out the pockets:
The bottom panel/hem is double sided. Here is where one flaw is–I just can’t seem to attach a bottom loop without the fabric ending up with a little gather. Next time I may try attaching the hem as panels before sewing the side seams.
Overall, I love this dress and will definitely make it again! (The other views are to make it be a top.)