ice cream dress, views B and C

I introduced View A of the Ice Cream Dress in my last post, and I talked about some of its features. In this post I want to show you some of the other options included in the pattern.

View B is a color-blocked version of the dress. When we were developing this pattern we made the dress in brown, soft pink, and cream. The resulting dress reminded us of a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream, which in turn inspired the name for the dress. You can mix and match colors and prints to your heart’s content with this version of the dress.

Unlike View A, this version has only a single layer of fabric at the bottom panel, which makes it appropriate for heavier fabrics or for very warm weather. You can also switch construction techniques if you want to make a double hem on View B, or use the View B construction technique for View A. You have lots of options depending of the weight of the fabric you choose.

View C is a blouse-length version that pairs nicely with a skirt or shorts during warm summer months. Last summer I made this blouse from a Liberty print for S. She wore it everywhere and got loads of compliments on it.

We’ll be making up many more dresses and blouses from this pattern in a variety of prints and fabrics for this summer. I think the dress will make a terrific swimsuit cover-up, but it would also dress up beautifully when made in silk dupioni or taffeta, too.




  1. ASM_Blue

    Wow! Is it too weird to wish a liberty blouse just like that for myself? I fully understand why she got lots of compliments with it: O+S patterns and Liberty fabrics always look so good together…

  2. db

    Not fair to tease….. I WANT THE PATTERN! Please

  3. I love the neapolitan dress! The colours really take me back to my childhood love of ice cream.

  4. I was so excited when I saw there was a blouse version of the dress. Bravo!

  5. Amelia

    This is definitely one of your patterns that I want in an Adult size! Adorable!

  6. Melanie

    How sweet! I can’t wait to see some other ideas for the sketchbook set.

  7. nicole keller

    so flattering to all childrens body shapes

  8. I love the Liberty fabric you chose. Any suggestions on where to buy Liberty of London? Also, can you tell us what fabric print you used?

  9. I purchase most of the Liberty fabrics I use at Purl here in NYC (, and I sometime also purchase Liberty prints at B&J Fabrics ( That particular Liberty print sold out very quickly, but you can find many other great prints as well.

  10. Heather

    When will your new patterns be available to purchase?

    1. Heather, the new patterns will be available starting April 5.

  11. Barbara

    Love your designs and how you construct them in your patterns. They allow me to create a very beautiful high quality dress. Did you use an all cotton fabric to do the color block dress. If yes, is it the weight of quilting fabric?

    1. I’m glad you like them, Barbara! Yes, the color-blocked dress is made using quilt-weight cotton fabrics.

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