dressy ice cream dress

Here is a little additional inspiration for you now that the spring patterns have been released.

Two days a week, we have the pleasure of working with Giulia, who lends her expertise to our sewing patterns and to some other projects that we’ve been working on. Giulia trained as a costume maker in Rome, London, and Paris, and on the days when she’s not working with us she constructs beautiful things in the costume shop at the Metropolitan Opera. We feel very fortunate to work with her, and she makes many valuable contributions to what we do.

Last week Giulia returned to Italy for her cousin’s wedding. She took along this silk dupioni Ice Cream Dress that she sewed for her niece to wear to the wedding. I love the colors she selected.

When she brought this little dress to the studio the other day, she hadn’t been able to find an appropriate button. We located this vintage orange button in our stash, which is just pinned into place for the photo. I think it finishes the dress beautifully.

And Giulia added a little surprise to her version of the dress. It’s fully lined, with the lining also made of silk using the View A pattern pieces. The dress could almost be fully reversible, although the button might need to be moved.

The lining changes the drape of the fabric and makes it look fuller, which is perfectly appropriate for a formal event like a wedding.

I can’t wait to see the things that all of you do with this pattern. Please share your creations with us in the Oliver + S Flickr group.

9 Comments

  1. That is just gorgeous!

  2. Absolutely dreamy!

  3. This is simply perfect! I really like how you have used different shades of red…and the little button in the back of the neckline, is just how I love it. :))

  4. So looking forward to recieveing this pattern, my daughter has to wear a torso brace that is a bit bulky under her clothes and refuses to wear anything that hugs and shows the brace. Just what we’ve been looking for the summer!

  5. I just came across your patterns and blog & love them. I’m very tempted to buy the Ice Cream Dress. I’m newer at sewing, so I’m also a little nervous. I have some lovely fabric that would be perfect for my little sweet one.

    1. I’m glad you like them and hope you’ll try our patterns. Thanks for your comment!

  6. the colors she picked are amazing! i love the way that it’s dressy without being at all fussy, like most flower girl dresses…. i cannot wait to try this pattern out on my daughter and nieces. i’m already daydreaming about the many different ways in which i plan on making up this.

  7. This is simply perfect! I really like how you have used different shades of red…and the little button in the back of the neckline, is just how I love it. :))

  8. amazing colors picked. like most flower girl dresses, this dress too has been made without any fussy. absolutely dreamy! thinking in different ways on how i make up this.

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