customizing with oliver + s: ombre ice cream dress

Have you been noticing the ombre trend?

I just love it, whether it’s furniture, hair, quilts, or clothing. In fact, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the look, so of course I sat right up and took notice when Crystal posted her adorable version of the trend as an ombre Ice Cream Dress. She made the color-blocked version of the pattern (View B) and chose a different shade of purple for each tier to get the ombre effect.




I emailed Crystal yesterday to ask about the dress, and this is what she had to say.

“I was inspired by all the colorblocking and ombre that have been floating around blog land this year.  I found this dress from Gymboree and I decided it was time to make my own version of it using the ice cream dress pattern.  I decided to use purple because there are so many lovely shades available.  I used a plain quilting cotton, and I am very happy with how it turned out.  So happy, in fact, that I made a second dress for my youngest daughter.”

(Psst: I think her version is much cuter, don’t you?)

You can see two more Ice Cream Dresses with similar effects here and here.




  1. Crystal

    Thank you so much for the feature! I love seeing what everyone creates with your patterns!

  2. Way cuter!

  3. Of course her version is much cuter! What a lovely picture!

  4. Of course!
    This version is much cuter 🙂
    The ice-cream dress is such a great pattern – easy, timeless and perfect for both toddlers and older girls!
    (love the blouse version as well)

  5. Katie

    It’s a beautiful dress!

  6. I love Crystal’s version of the ice cream dress! Great feature. Thanks for linking to my version as well! 🙂 It’s so great you’re highlighting people’s customizations, I’m really enjoying each and every post.

  7. Awwww, that is so cute!

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