I've made Amy Butler patterns before, and I like them. They are involved but straightforward, and the way she constructs things makes sense to me. I am starting to think that with sewing patterns, an ability to think like the person who is writing the pattern, is important. The Oliver + S Ice Cream dress pattern just seemed unintuitive to me - the way the pieces are not cut on the fold, the stitching along seam lines, the extreme avoidance of hemming. And I have problems with Butterick too - the order of the different steps in their patterns always seems illogical to me. Whereas Heather Ross patterns, Amy Butler patterns, and most Simplicity patterns just make sense to me, and they always come together quickly. But other people are different. Most reviews of the Oliver + S patterns can't praise them highly enough, and many people have struggled with the patterns in Weekend Sewing. So I guess, like so many things, it comes down to personal taste. If you find a pattern you like, and you find straightforward, chances are that you will enjoy other patterns in the same range.
I didn't check my measurements terribly carefully before I started this - just dived straight in and cut out the pattern pieces in my usual dress size. Now it is made, I am in two minds about the fit. I like the length, I like the fit over my hips, and I love the whole 1960s style, but it feels a bit too small around the bust. G maintains that it fits me pretty well and has suggested that I am just not used to wearing such a fitted style of top. He could be right.
The yoke does come up pretty high though, and I think this may be because the top is just a little too tight around the bust. Next time I'll go up a size and see what happens. Or maybe I will redraw the yoke pieces to be shallower. In the photo below I am leaning my head forward so that you can see the buttons, but you can also see that the back yoke does come up terribly high.
It doesn't feel tight, and is very comfortable to wear. I love it for being nicely funky and different (especially is this outrageous William Morris print from Rowan, which I bought from John Lewis to make house trousers for G but didn't get enough of). The dress is fully lined, which I probably would not bother doing if I used quilting weight cotton again - I wonder if without the lining, the fit would be a little looser?
The pattern comes in four different lengths. I made this using the second longest, which is the mini-dress length. There is no way that this would ever work as a mini-dress on me - it would be thoroughly indecent. But I am a tall 5'10", so I often have this problem with dresses. I wanted to wear it as a tunic over jeans, and it has ended up the perfect length for that, so I'm happy.
And because it feel more like February than May outside at the moment, it has been worn today with a green, lambswool cardigan which tones down the enthusiastic pinkness of the yoke.
On balance it is a hit, but there are modifications to be made next time.