Butterick 6453 dress

When I started sewing I remember being in awe of all the incredible garments people had made. One such achievement that stayed etched in my memory is the Ice Scream Dress made by Elizabeth of Pins and Pinot. Close fitting through the bodice with princess seams atop a full, gathered skirt, this dress was the paradigm of pretty, vintage-inspired dressing. I decided to splash out and treat myself to this AGF I Scream You Scream fabric in navy. It’s a cotton poplin and features playful ice cream motifs that work a treat for your summer wardrobe. You need quite a lot of fabric for this one, I ordered four metres to be safe.

Having indulged my love of good quality, though slightly more expensive fabric I decided it would be sensible to use some cotton from my stash and have a trial run. I had two metres of a lovely and easy to sew cotton that would work well. I decided to sew view A with the gathered skirt. The skirt pieces for this pattern are big so I simply cut a rectangle measuring the full width of my fabric.

When it came to measurements, I followed Gertie’s advice and determined my size using the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces and not the body measurements on the envelopment which are much more generous. I cut a size 10 for the bodice and graded this to a 12/14 on the waist. I’d recommend referring to Gertie’s blog for sewing a toile and if you want to make bust adjustments.

I used a tracing wheel to imprint the pattern markings directly onto the fabric. When constructing the dress, I predominantly followed Gertie’s sewalong instructions as she explains steps in great detail and shares some really useful shortcuts – namely edge stitching the straps to avoid the fiddly and time-consuming turning out method.

As a whole, the dress was relatively easy to sew. This was the first time I’ve sewn adjustable straps and a lapped zip, I took my time and I’m pretty pleased with the result. I hope I can replicate this when I cut into the AGF fabric!

Have you used any fun novelty prints lately?

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