Monday, July 5, 2010

Ice Cream Social SewAlong

Amy (of badskirt) and Kate (of One Flew Over) are hosting an Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress SewAlong from July 18th-31st and I can't wait for it to start! I've been wanting to dust of my garment sewing skills (hmm... I think the last thing I made from a pattern was a pair of boxer shorts back in Grade 8) and this is the perfect chance. Amy and Kate will answer questions, blog about each step you take to make this cute dress, and they've already started a Flickr group where you can share your photos.

I've wanted to make this dress for Sophie ever since I saw it on the Oliver + S blog and when I saw the pattern at Spool of Thread, I just had to buy it! It's my duty to support a new local business, isn't it? I'm going to make View B, which is a colour-blocked dress. I'm going to be my literal self and use solid fabric in the colours of Neapolitan ice cream (strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, yum!).
I wanted to get started cutting the fabric, so I bought my first ever roll of freezer paper at Safeway and used it to trace the pattern pieces. I've purchased the pattern for size 5-12 and I hope to use it again in a larger size, so I didn't want to cut it up. To preserve the original, I traced the pattern pieces I'd need onto the paper side of the freezer paper. The cool thing was ironing the freezer paper straight onto the fabric before cutting. Using a hot but dry iron allowed the freezer paper to stick to the fabric temporarily so I could easily cut the fabric with my rotary cutter. After I was done, I easily peeled off the paper and ironed it to the next piece of fabric!

There's plenty of time to buy your pattern and fabric and join in! Check out the fabric and pattern giveaway going on in the Flickr group until July 8th!


  1. Have fun! I bet that will be adorable on Sophie. I wish my daughter would still wear sweet clothes like this dress, now it's American Eagle or nothing. sigh.

  2. Good luck with the dress Holly - maybe you can make something for yourself next time!
    I'm about to make my first purchase of freezer paper too - for a top secret group quilt project. will keep you posted.

  3. I've been debating about doing this too. And I need to get into Spool of Thread to get a better look at their fabric too so may just need to pick up the pattern.

  4. Just make sure the ice cream doesn't get on the fabric ;) Have fun!

  5. the freezer paper is a great idea! i usually use the tracing sheets and wheel to transfer but it can be awkward when i'm trying to see how all the pieces will fit onto a piece of fabric, since i'm always trying to be stingy and get the most out of a piece! ;-) i should get in on this - i bought the pattern from plum project a few months ago and have been meaning to make it up!



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