August 25 ~ Back to School Pattern: Ice Cream Dress

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Ice Cream Dress pattern

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress sewn by Cate Bruce-Low, Tribeca Yummy Mummy

Cate shares amazing, kid-friendly recipes on her Tribeca Yummy Mummy blog, along with her latest sewing projects. We adore her version of the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress and thought this was another great pattern perfect for those fast-approaching school days. After sewing this pattern a few times, Cate writes, “…It might seem a bit confusing at first, but do each step exactly as it is written in the pattern, and it comes together very nicely. This is the perfect project for a big vintage button! Because you only use one button, you can use something that you find at a thrift store or inherited from your Granny. It adds an extra specialness to your project, an heirloom quality.”

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress patternInfo from pattern package:
This sewing pattern for a loose-fitting, pull-on smock dress or blouse features a one-piece V-notch yoke and button loop closure. Sewing pattern includes three views: a dress with double-thickness hem and matching pockets, a color-blocked dress in the same style, and a blouse-length version of the dress.

Pattern sizes: 6mo – 4 and 5 – 12.

PS– If you’re a fan of Oliver + S  patterns, join us in September for a Jump Rope Dress sew-along, co-hosted with Badskirt. Details coming soon!

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152 Responses to August 25 ~ Back to School Pattern: Ice Cream Dress

  1. Serena says:

    I adore this pattern.

  2. elana says:

    i can’t resist a dress with pockets!

  3. Donna M. says:

    So very very cute…I already have the ideal material for it.

  4. erica says:

    love this dress. what’s so appealing to me is the simple,clean, and classic style all wrapped up in this little package.

  5. Sarah Z. says:

    It is so great that Oliver + S is now doing patterns up to size 12. So many cute patterns just go up to 6/8. I’d love to try this one as a tunic style for my big girl.

  6. Jody says:

    This is adorable. I like it because it can be adjusted to work with heavier fabrics (fall is coming). I have 3 girls and they all loved the look of this dress. I would love to win it!

    P.S. I’m addicted.

  7. carmel says:

    i need this pattern!
    thanks for the chance!

  8. April says:

    So cute! Love the style

  9. Catherine says:

    have seen a lot of this dress lately – just gorgeous!

  10. Laura says:

    The subtle vintage look is charming!

  11. Michele says:

    Ahhh, this pattern has been on my wishlist for a while now. I love it!

  12. Robin E. says:

    There is something wonderfully vintage and sweet about Oliver + S patterns. I love the pink dress made from this pattern.

  13. Julie W says:

    Cute dress! Would love this pattern to make for my daughter.

  14. Two Pockets says:

    Wonderful fabric choices for this dress! I’ll have to make a few versions of this now.

  15. Dianne McLean says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this style. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Cat says:

    I have always loved this dress, and keep meaning to get the pattern – it is so sweet.

  17. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    It is one of my favorites Oliver + S patterns! Maybe I’ll finally have a chance to make a beautiful dotty Ice Cream Dress to my little one. Thanks!

  18. Elle says:

    So cute! I like the one button idea.

  19. Cute dress!

  20. Leah says:

    Very cute pattern!!

  21. Sigrid says:

    Love that dress – if I had the pattern, I’d be making it for my daughter AND for all her friends! LOL

  22. ela says:

    does anyone have a copy of the pattern in the 6 mos. to 4
    size for sale? website sold out of the small size.

  23. Amy Liddell says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting this pattern for my 2 year old daughter – I know we would both love this dress on her!

  24. Stacy says:

    Looks so comfy and easy for my little one to get on! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

  25. Jo says:

    Totally love this pattern!!!!

  26. jes says:

    I would love to win this pattern. It’s super cute!

  27. Rita says:

    My 5 yr old ADORES dresses, especially ones that I have sewn for her.

  28. Kerry says:

    This is one of the cutest dresses ever!

  29. mel says:

    LOVE! Thanks for the chance!

  30. Gill says:

    I love this dress!!


  31. Tara says:


  32. Debbie says:

    I love this pattern. I have seen it on other sites and have admired it. Would sure love to have it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  33. Jill B says:

    I love this pattern!

  34. empirewaist says:

    Could this pattern be any more adorable? I’m officially now in love with Oliver+S. And Sew, Mama, Sew too, of course! 🙂

  35. Kristin M says:

    Such a new fan of Oliver & S patterns! Very cute!

  36. Christine G says:

    I love this dress. Who care’s about my 2 girls- I want one!

  37. Michelle says:

    So Cute!!

  38. Sonicka says:

    I made this in size 8 for my daughter… 3 of them in fact!! I would love the small size range to make some for my adorable niece!

  39. Tepary says:

    That pattern looks just about perfect for my little girl. Sweet giveaway.

  40. sara says:

    Love love this pattern. Hope to win!

  41. Melissa says:

    love love love love love love love this dress!!!

  42. Jessica says:

    What a lovely dress variation. I am envisioning a black and white mod version for my 5 yr old…and then maybe one for me? 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Helena says:


  44. This is such a cute and versatile pattern!

  45. bruinbr says:

    This is one of my favorite Oliver + S patterns! I have been meaning to get it just so that I can make it for my daughter! Love!

  46. Angelina says:

    love this pattern!

  47. I would love to win this pattern! Its so adorable and would be perfect for my little girl.

  48. Sonya M says:

    I’ve seen this pattern around, but didn’t realize it came in the larger size! I would love to win this to make for my 7 year old daughter. Please pick me!!!!!

  49. indywriter says:

    Oliver + S patterns are all so cute. And I love the packaging too.

  50. Anny says:

    I would love to try to make this for my granddaughter.

  51. Christi G. says:

    I like this!

  52. Sarah Barnette says:

    That is adorable….

  53. I love it!

  54. Cutest one yet!

  55. Mama Lusco says:

    Adorable! I’d love this one for my girls.

  56. Hannah says:

    Cute! I’m a fan of Oliver + S patterns. Always adorable.

  57. Caroline says:

    I love it!

  58. carrot cake says:

    Wow! This pattern is so adorable yet elegant. I love the finished look. I heart Oliver+S and Sew, Mama, Sew!

  59. miktha says:

    I want to try this pattern, please…

  60. Trisha says:

    I was just looking at this pattern – love it!

  61. S. Bird says:

    This is so cute!

  62. Rita says:

    I sure wish she made the children’s patterns in an adult size. I’d wear them all!

  63. Caroline says:

    A very pretty dress pattern, and that could be easily turned into a nice tunic. Love it !!

  64. Elizabeth says:

    I need this pattern! One of the few I don’t have!

  65. Shara says:

    I love the pattern, and the fabric is adorable!

  66. Rachael says:

    love this! so cute!

  67. kyla says:

    i have been wanting this pattern since it was published, absolutely loooooove it!

  68. shannon says:

    I just love this pattern!!! It’s so simple, yet chic as are all the Oliver & S outfits.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! 🙂

  69. Jennifer G says:

    I’ve been dying to try this pattern. This dress is adorable.

  70. sy says:

    i love Oliver + S patterns, so elegant.

  71. Natacha says:

    I really love the Oliver+s patterns, they’re so simple looking, with a touch of sophistication, and send me imagining all the colour combinations which would look great. And a chance to win them is even better! Thanks.

  72. Sara says:

    Can I get this in an adult size? Beautiful!

  73. Cricket says:

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t quite sure about the ice cream dress when it first came out, but after having seen so many lovely variations of it, I am really fond of it.

    And I’ll jump on board for a jump rope dress sew along. Awesome. I have the pattern and everything.

  74. Emily S says:

    My little one would love this dress!

  75. corinne says:

    love this!

  76. Heather says:

    Oliver + S patterns are always adorable. I love this version. Thanks for the review.

  77. Marla says:

    Cute dress. I love the vintage look of it.

  78. Mel says:

    I love all the oliver+s patterns! They are written so much better than other patterns. 🙂

  79. Chancy says:

    This pattern is so cute!

  80. Marci says:

    oooh love this dress, it IS crying out to my jar of vintage buttons and would look lovely on my youngest next summer.

  81. Marcia W. says:

    I saw this pattern made on the Ice Cream Social sew-along blogs and it was adorable!

  82. Jennifer P says:

    Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to win this pattern. I’ve never tried an Oliver + S, but I’d love to try one for my daughter!

  83. Katrina says:

    ugh i still need this pattern, so cute!

  84. Carrie says:

    Ohhhh! That little dress is so sweet!!

  85. heather b says:

    Gorgeous! Love this dress!

  86. Kristin says:

    I love the Oliver + S patterns!

  87. Amanda says:

    I love this pattern!

  88. Cinnamon says:

    I love this dress! The color possibilities are so endless.

  89. Christine says:

    This pattern is absolutely adorable! Beautiful fabric was chosen for the photographed dress. With a long-sleeve tee underneath, this dress goes from summer right into fall!

  90. Shannon H says:

    I love this pattern and want it! I will be joining the sew-along! I have 2 to make 🙂

  91. Kelli says:

    Like always, this Oliver + S dress is cute, simple and uncomplicated. I love how Liesel’s patterns have that vintage look to them, but look just as cute in modern prints and colors! I like Cate’s version and how the colors will go right in to fall!

  92. Shirley Clark says:

    I love this little pattern. It looks like it can be made in so many variations.

  93. mamabird says:

    This is absolutely wonderful!

  94. rebekah says:

    I love this pattern!

  95. Liz says:

    Cute! I love these patterns.

  96. Sheryl says:

    Oh, I do so love this dress and I have a little girl who would love it too!

  97. pastrymama says:

    love it!

  98. Such a cute pattern! This would be great for back-to-school clothes for my girls!

  99. teri pastorino says:

    after seeing the sew along on this i have added to the list of things to make. this is the cutest little dress.

  100. Kate says:

    I love this dress, the fabrics are great. So cute!

  101. Megan says:

    Love this dress! I’m so happy to have a little girl to sew for!

  102. PeachRainbow says:

    I love this!

  103. Pamela says:

    So stinkin’ adorable!

  104. Camille says:

    So cute!

  105. super cute!

  106. Emily says:

    I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. Love it!

  107. Mary Read says:

    Cutest dress ever. My niece would look so sweet in this! I can see it in some Heather Ross fabrics.

  108. Kristin says:

    This is very cute!

  109. Chris says:

    I am in love with Oliver + S patterns…not only are the designs fun, but they are easy to follow and the sizing for my kids is spot on.

  110. Paloma says:

    Lovely, I want one in my size!

  111. Anne S. says:

    I have loved almost every version of this dress I’ve seen! The pattern is so cute!

  112. Lara says:

    Sweet smock dress pattern!

  113. Kimberly says:

    That’s great news about the sewalong. Love this pattern – I have the larger sizes, but would love to win the small!

  114. Melissa Ann says:

    I love this dress (and pretty much everything Oliver and S puts out).

  115. Mama Urchin says:

    I just love the dress in those fabrics.

  116. Erin Waters says:

    I love this pattern, but just haven’t bought it yet. I have 2 girls who love dresses, so I always have my eyes open for cute patterns.

  117. Megan says:

    Another cute top/dress.

  118. Lauren says:

    i wanna make one of these for myself!

  119. bearmnt says:

    I love how cute this dress is!!

  120. Heather says:

    I have been considering getting this pattern for my little girl, it’s so cute!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!!

  121. Claire says:

    CUTE~I love it!

  122. Kate says:

    I love this dress! Great colors.

  123. This looks like a really comfy dress. Would make a great tunic as well. 🙂

  124. Melissa Williams says:

    I love this!

  125. laura says:

    Been wanting to try an Oliver + S pattern! Pick me!

  126. Alyssa says:

    That is such a cute dress. I’ll have to put it on my to buy list for next year.

  127. Lauren says:

    Oliver+S is my favorite. I love it!

  128. Tong says:

    Love this dress, so cute!

  129. Sara says:

    Awesome color and style!

  130. Amy says:

    So adorable! I am just getting to know Oliver + S & all the patterns are just wonderful!

  131. Jen says:

    That is simply adorable!

  132. Chris Pessoa says:

    I love this pattern and I’d be so happy if I win it. :-)))

  133. Cute!

  134. Jasmine says:

    I love all Oliver + S patterns, but this one has certainly been on my mind as it has been ALL over the internets this summer! So many beautiful versions…

  135. Jody says:

    Really cute!

  136. LFinn says:

    I want this dress in my size! It looks so comfortable!

  137. Tandy says:

    Love the versatility of this one!

  138. Karen says:

    Would love to try this dress. It always looks so nice on in all the pictures.

  139. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE this dress. The matching/contrasting possibilities are endless. And I have the perfect thrifted ladies’ dress just begging to be made over into something like this…

  140. Chris says:

    The Ice Cream Dress is definitely one of my favorite Oliver + S patterns, and I’ll have to own it, whether I win it or not. 🙂

  141. Sarah says:

    Great fabric choices and a nice looking pattern!

  142. Jessica B-N says:

    Oh my! I’ve never purchased an Oliver + S pattern, but seeing this little dress has convinced me that I need to! I LOVE it! So adorable, and so versatile. I can just picture it with a long sleeved shirt underneath and a pair of fun tights for fall!

  143. michal says:

    what a cute dress pattern! I hope I win!

  144. Mary Jo says:

    love this pattern. could use over and over .

  145. Juliana says:

    Cute!!! Love the pockets.

  146. Julie G. says:

    Love Oliver + S!

  147. Jenny says:

    wow! ive been admiring all the dresses in thispattern on flickr! would love to win the pattern.

  148. Really love this dress

  149. Alice S says:

    I’ve made 4 versions of this pattern in the smaller sizes. I would love to win the size 5-12 pattern so I can continue to make it when my daughter is bigger.

    I’m also glad that there will be a jump rope dress sew-along. I’ve been wanting to make it but I’m afraid it will be too difficult.

  150. Mary says:

    This is so simple, yet so cute!! Love this 🙂

  151. Colleen Butler says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. A very cute dress!

  152. helen wright says:

    cute cute cute

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