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Valentine Date Dress (Coffee Date with a Bib)

Added Jan 24, 2011

by sweetiepieba...

Chicago, Illinoi...






My inspiration mainly came from this dress on ModCloth. I thought the ruffled bib was a bit too much, but in that cute sorta way. Constructing a ruffled bib in ribbons and lace reminds me of a candy box, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

So, I pulled out my red velvet and looked for a simple dress to compliment all that bibbage…bibbage? I chose to try out the Coffee Date Dress. I had never made one so thought it would be a good time to try it out, not to mention, it’s free!

I found the pattern to be super simple, even with cutting my own seam allowance. I made some modifications in that I chose to make the skirt a bit fuller, keeping the waist the same size and adding the bib.

This was also the first time I sewed a garment with velvet. The seams went together rather nicely as when you press the velvet together, the pile will sorta glue itself together, no pinning needed. The most difficult time I had was with the zipper! I had to take one side out three times. I realized I was sewing in the opposite direction that the velvet wanted to lay, hence pushing my zipper in all sorts of wrong directions. Finally, the velvet, the zipper and I had a long talk and all was right in the end….except for the sizing! I lost some weight during the process of the construction of this dress so….I’m offering it up!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 12.04 PMby woman

    sweet!!! :D

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    Feb 13, 2011, 05.04 PMby sew4my3

    Oh I just adore this dress! I’m going to put it on my list of Valentine Sewing in “Discussions”. Absolutely darling!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 10.17 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh i want to whip one up tomorrow evening after school! its so perfect! i love the red velvet. Im also not the biggest fan of this holiday, but this dress would make me excited for it!

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      Feb 13, 2011, 10.18 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      p.s. i forgot to mention how amazing it looks on you

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    Feb 12, 2011, 09.24 AMby mellu

    OMG this is sooo cuteeee!!

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    Feb 11, 2011, 07.31 PMby Clara Nelson

    Beautiful! I’ve been looking for a different way to do the coffee date dress….The pattern is so easy. Perfect idea!

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      Feb 11, 2011, 07.33 PMby sweetiepiebakery

      thank you! i agree-simple to whip up. if you look through my projects i did one with a big bow as another variation…

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    Feb 11, 2011, 05.15 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    The check ribbons absolutely make this dress…adorable. I’d say that the bib would also look dynamite in a Liberty print…even a scrap of that would work. Wouldn’t even need a whole yard.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.43 PMby madli

    This is sooo sweet, I think I started to like Valentines a bit more now :D I also made my CDD skirt fuller, I think it’ s really cute that way.

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      Jan 28, 2011, 01.18 AMby sweetiepiebakery

      Thanks! Honestly, my husband and I don’t celebrate Valentines Day. I love the pink and red and sparkle and all that…but the holiday we toss aside…don’t need the Hallmark holiday ;)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.54 PMby popbabe7

    Lovely dress- love the way you made the skirt fuller.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.21 PMby ivorykohl

    I love this! I love the shape of the coffee date dress but it looks too busty for me with the huge ruffle and not quite right without it. This bib is perfect! I love how you used ribbon for the ruffles.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 06.42 AMby victors

    Cute variation and a lovely colour .shame it doesn’t fit any more.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.42 PMby Denise Angela

    I love this dress – very pretty with the ruffles!

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