When you sew your clothes you get the joy of working with fabrics, colours, and prints that you love. Sometimes, however, you come across an utterly delightful print that makes you giddy with joy. 

Art Gallery Fabrics ranges have a wide range of prints to suit all tastes. In addition to the beautiful colour palettes, the quality of the fabrics is outstandingly consistent. I have sewn with AGF fabrics and every single time – the fabric has performed well. Whether it’s bold block prints, delicate florals or funky ice-cream cones – AGF designs are guaranteed to turn heads!

Ice Cream is a 100% cotton poplin base fabric. If you are not familiar with poplin, here is the information you need to know. Poplin is between a cotton lawn and quilting cotton in terms of its weight and handle. It is not as thick as quilting cotton but usually comes with deep colour prints. Unlike cotton lawn which is lighter weight and consequently colours are not as bright, on cotton poplin, the prints and colours can be deeper and vibrant.

The fabric is navy blue featuring a large ice cream print in blue, white, pink, coral and white. It is 100% cotton and machine washable.

The Ice Cream cones fabric is an easy way to add fun to your wardrobe. I especially love prints like this because you don't even need to sew anything complex – just a simple well-fitting design to make the fabric do its thing.

For this project, I wanted to expand my sewing skill towards designing so I decided to draft my pattern. I used the textbook by Winifred Aldrich to develop my own Hila Willing original pattern drafted to my body measurements! The inspiration was based on dreaming about being on the seafront with an ice-cream and I wanted to bring that to life. I think it has captured the flavour of summer!

The pattern is a simple fit shift dress. Initially, it was going to have a gathered flounce that would make it a maxi dress. When I finished the main part of the dress and tried it on I fell in love with the shift dress as it was. Even after pinning the flounce to see if it looked better as a maxi, I still loved the shift dress more.

I finished the armhole and neckline with pink satin bias binding. The center back zip is an invisible zip. I added side inseam pockets because pockets are everything! For the pockets, I used a plain navy blue broadcloth for stable pocket openings. 

I love this dress so much. It would look incredible at a beach side bar or strolling along a seaside promenade but the Ice Cream dress can also hold its own at a wedding with some heels and bold earrings. If you haven't given poplin fabrics a try – have a look at the extensive range of Art Gallery Fabrics poplins here on Minerva, there are many gorgeous designs to choose from.

Until next time lovely people –

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Hila