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Mod-inspired Coffee Date Dress - recycled

Added Jul 31, 2010

by ara43

Pittsburgh, Penn...






My first bodice! First zipper! First buttonholes! First dress!

I made this from an Ikea sheet purchased at Goodwill. I measured myself very faithfully (I thought) and cut out a size 38. I lost track of how much I ended up taking in the bodice to fit my waist. I’ll be cutting size 36 from now on.

I don’t really think this dress is mod on its own, but it is “mod-inspired.” The ruffle wasn’t for me and I wanted to add some other kind of embellishment. After weeks of indecision, I took inspiration from this dress
and made a belt with green lace and buttons to match the exposed green zipper. I’ll admit that the exposed zipper was not an entirely conscious choice, but I liked the color combination and happened to have buttons and lace that perfectly match. The lace is hem lace; I’m sure some seamstresses will object!

It isn’t perfect, but I was thrilled when I finally wore this out of the house!

I used the “A Frock by Friday” sew-along on Grosgrain for directions.

Material Notes

thifted Ikea bedsheet; vintage hem lace




Garment Type


The Selfsh Seamstress

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    Nov 21, 2010, 06.15 PMby rii

    this is just stunningly beautiful! i don’t know why i hadn’t favorited this already!

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    Sep 22, 2010, 01.53 PMby redslippers

    i love the belt and exposed zip. and most of all, that it is a recycled sheet. i’m trying to use recycled fabric as much as possible at the moment, so great to shee a sheet made up so nicely

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    Jul 31, 2010, 10.23 PMby dabura

    very nice

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    Jul 31, 2010, 02.21 PMby peaches2218

    I really like this. I’ve been shying away from the Coffee Date Dress (despite it’s fabulous shape) because of the ruffle, which is a little too Edwardian-prissy for me. You may have just cured that. Taking out the ruffle means that the details of construction (such as your exposed contrasting zip, which I love) really stand out. Great job! I also love the offset buttons on the belt. Isn’t it just divine when you just HAPPEN to have the perfect colour to match something? Thumbs up.

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    Jul 31, 2010, 10.08 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Love this dress. I have been wanting to make it for a while now but still am intimidated by the zipper. Was it very hard to do? Great job! Happy Sewing!!!!!!

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      Jul 31, 2010, 03.07 PMby ara43

      I was scared of zippers (and buttonholes) too. It was really pretty easy with a zipper foot. I watched a few tutorial videos and then tried it myself. Looks like you’ve done a lot of sewing – I’m sure it will be a breeze!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 03.51 AMby hannnah

    All those firsts?! And look what a lovely job you did. Congratulations! This is lovely, I hope you wear it often.

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    Jul 31, 2010, 01.46 AMby wishofhappiness

    very nice! i love the colour and the waistband part! :)

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