Butterick 6453, ice cream dress

I know I say this about many of the garments I’ve made but this one could be my all-time favourite! The colourful print and swishy skirt make for a fun, summery dress.

Making this dress also came at a really good time as I’d been in a bit of a sewing funk. Despite having a wish list of patterns and fabric to try, I just couldn’t find the motivation to give them a go. Do you ever get that? Having made this dress before I knew it would be relatively quick to create and, combined with a mini splurge on a fabric I’d had my eye on forever, it really helped rekindle my desire to sew.

This Butterick 6453 dress is part of the Patterns by Gertie range so you can expect a nod to gorgeous, vintage style. The fitted bodice with darts and princess seams atop full, floaty skirt is just dreamy and will give you a flattering silhouette.

When it came to sewing this version, I predominantly followed Gertie’s sewalong instructions which are really detailed with helpful, step-by-step photo instructions. She reveals so many useful hints and tips thus making the whole process much simpler. There were a few new techniques to master including lapped zips and adjustable straps but again, Gertie has created videos to talk you through their construction. I’d never sewed a lapped zip before this dress but it’s a lovely detail to include on a garment. Gertie’s sewalong also includes a section on full-bust adjustments and making a toile.

Another helpful tip I learn’t concerning sizing is to follow the measurements printed on the pattern sheet to determine your size, as opposed to those printed on the back of the envelope. I am really pleased with the fit overall but next time I would like to try a full-bust adjustment to ensure the bodice fits as best it can.

When it came to choosing the fabric this was a surprisingly easy step for me (I can spend hours searching for fabric online!). I had seen a version of this dress made by Elizabeth of Pins and Pinot a few years ago, she used the white version of the fabric and I just loved the fun motifs. The print is called I Scream You Scream by Art Gallery Fabrics, I bought 2.5m for the dress in total. The fabric measures 115cm in width which isn’t wide enough to accommodate the pattern pieces for the skirt (and also meant the motifs would be the wrong way round!) so in the end I just cut three full-width pieces of fabric to my desired length, created the gathers and sewed these pieces to the bodice. As a cotton poplin, the fabric is incredibly easy to sew with and still feels light enough for a summer garment.

So there you have it, a summery dress in a dreamy novelty print!

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