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Afternoon Coffee Dress

Added Nov 4, 2010

by junespoon

Belfast, United ...






This dress is a hybrid of two patterns: the Coffee Date dress and the Afternoon Tea top….hence Afternoon Coffee Dress.

I made the little pleated trim quite thick so that it would really stand out, but i hate the way it sits a little bit funny at the centre of the sweetheart neckline…i might have to add a stitch or two to hold it flat. I added a belt that widens at the front and is nice and long at the back. For the skirt piece i used the shape of the coffee date pattern, but just made it a much fuller and then gathered it to fit at the waist.

Material Notes

Cotton sheeting




Garment Type

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    Sep 14, 2016, 02.49 AMby Phoebeleung

    Where do I find the pattern?

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    Jul 29, 2015, 03.48 AMby Jangjubz Love

    So lovely^-^

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    Jul 25, 2015, 03.09 PMby HockeyGal04

    Where do I find the pattern?

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    Feb 28, 2015, 03.57 PMby senisydalg

    Hello! I’m having a real hard time trying to figure out the pattern for this dress… because I am larger than the 34 of the afternoon tea pattern asks for! Can anyone offer any suggestions mayhaps?

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    Feb 2, 2015, 09.08 PMby Mtallent

    Love this dress! I may make this for Valentine’s Day!

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    Jan 13, 2015, 04.00 PMby Cuttie2014

    How do you attach the skirt part? is it a separate piece or is it connected to the bodice in a way? By the way love it! I can’t wait to make it.

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    Jun 24, 2014, 02.13 AMby Eve Strunk

    This is so cool. I knew exactly how you did it after looking at the printable pattern download of each pattern. It looks awesome and actually kind of easy once you know what to do. I just have one issue, the afternoon tea top is made for a 36B cup, and I am a 36D….so what would you suggest? I might try cutting that part a little more leingth and roundness for the front while leaving that pattern pretty much the same in width, but I don’t want to cut the fabric without knowing if it’ll even turn out ok. Do you have a better solution?

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    Jul 27, 2013, 02.48 AMby Catlynn Schumacher

    I need the pattern for this dress in peticular….you called it an adaptation of the two but the skirt of the original dress is an A-line and the dress you show doesn’t seem to be an A-line…umm I am just a novice but could you explain a bit to me

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      Jul 30, 2013, 12.32 PMby junespoon

      I used the skirt from the coffee date dress but just extended the length of the waist and hem measurements…you can do this by cutting the pattern piece into 4 equal pieces (cutting from waist to hem each time) spread the pieces apart and trace the new “bigger” piece (see also my comment below) – hope that makes sense!

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    Jul 20, 2013, 12.03 AMby alanballjr

    This is the perfect color for this type of dress. Where did you get the fabric?

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      Jul 30, 2013, 12.29 PMby junespoon

      It’s cotton sheeting that i bought at Dunelm Mill, a home deco chain in the UK. It’s usually £5.95/metre but they were doing an offer for 99p/metre so I stocked up!!

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    May 29, 2013, 12.17 AMby LavenderRevenge

    Love it!!

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    Mar 18, 2013, 10.42 PMby kiralynn

    I love, love, love this dress! Could you give me a little more information/help on how to make the skirt full like yours, please?

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      Mar 19, 2013, 12.51 PMby junespoon

      Well, I used the original coffee date skirt pattern…cut it into 4 equal pieces (slashed down from the waist to the bottom seam 4 times) and then moved them all a couple of inches apart (still keeping the curved shape of the pattern going) and then cut this out so it has the shape of the skirt but with much longer waist and bottom seams…does that make sense?

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    Feb 20, 2013, 06.43 AMby Meghan Therese

    so cute! why can’t i find the pattern to download?

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    Dec 8, 2012, 05.00 AMby Dani Mione

    How thick did you make the cream trim at the bottom? Also how long does your skirt fall?

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      Dec 11, 2012, 04.06 PMby junespoon

      the cream trim is about 5 inches i think…and the skirt falls 24" if i remember correctly – note, i’m very short so others may prefer to make it longer!

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    Nov 9, 2012, 04.13 AMby rory7

    HEY I really love this dress!! but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to download it! I made an account to see if that would help, but it makes no difference! So I was wondering if you download both the dress’ you based it on? Thanks so much!

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      Nov 9, 2012, 10.55 AMby junespoon

      yes – download both patterns on the right of the screen…although you dont reeeeally need the coffee date dress bit…any full-skirted pattern would do fine. Good luck!

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      May 11, 2013, 03.02 AMby Eileen Wray

      Turn off your pop up blocker … That will allow to download as a pdf

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    Nov 1, 2012, 03.34 PMby Erica Schreiber

    Is their a pattern for the belt or did you just make it on your own?

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      Nov 9, 2012, 10.57 AMby junespoon

      O i just made it up….pretty much just a long strip with diagonal edges, and i made it widen slightly in the middle at the front to add a bit of interest.

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    Oct 22, 2012, 03.30 PMby Sarah Fuller

    How can I download this pattern for Macs? It looks great and I really want to try it!!

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      Nov 9, 2012, 10.57 AMby junespoon

      click on the buttons on the right of the screen for the 2 separate pieces..good luck!

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    Aug 21, 2012, 11.58 PMby Kira Knaack

    i am contemplating makeing this for my homecomeing dress this year, for i haven’t found anything long enough or cheep enough, or anything that i LOVE so very much!! thank you for the idea :) How long is the skirt part?

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    Oct 21, 2011, 09.03 PMby astridklomp

    I love this!!! So pretty! Can I copy? ;)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 08.39 AMby njcraftstyle

    Absolutely great dress!! Great color combination and great shape.

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    Aug 2, 2011, 01.25 AMby mapletree12

    you should do your own pattern for the skirt and belt because I’m not great with the whole sewing thing so a pattern from your variation would really help. Its super cute and i would definatly make one like yours

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    Jul 16, 2011, 09.29 PMby Grace777

    Did you extend the tea top pattern, and if so, how did you do it? By the way, the dress looks absolutely gorgeous, so gorgeous I’m gonna make it for my sister!

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.58 PMby junespoon

      o great!! i’d love to see another version!! No i didn’t extend the top, it reached beyond my natural waist so i think i actually cut it up a bit. Good luck with yours!

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    Jul 13, 2011, 05.11 PMby kerstika

    Wow, beautiful! And I love the belt and the trim.

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    Jun 20, 2011, 03.36 PMby ichigogirl

    Coffee + afternoon tea = alice in wonderland! It’s gorgeous. The skirt might be my favourite part. Or the back with the bow… :-)

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.47 PMby SStefani

    Is the belt attached, or just tied around the waist?

    This is so beautiful :-)

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      Jun 16, 2011, 09.44 AMby junespoon

      It’s totally separate – just tied round the waist. Thanks!!

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    May 12, 2011, 08.25 PMby jadelet

    Oh my goodness this dress is absolutely stunning!!! I have serious sewer envy!!! I hope i can make this but I am completely new to sewing! Well done it’s so beautiful!! How do you gather the material? How dobypu do it all to be fair!it’s Just gorgeous!!!

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      May 13, 2011, 08.36 AMby junespoon

      well it is a good dress to start with – it’s extremely easy and the material is so cheap that if you make mistakes there’s no problem! If you do want to make something similar i’d be happy to answer any questions or give advice!! good luck!!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 02.00 PMby mema79

    wow, this is amazing! Great work.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.31 AMby Maira Rocha

    loved it…. wanna wear…. rs

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    Feb 14, 2011, 12.52 AMby MusicSewingNerd

    Oh my goodness gracious! that is completely beautiful? do you have some kind of pattern or instructions on how you made this that you could share with me?

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      Feb 14, 2011, 09.23 AMby junespoon

      yes i used the Afternoon Tea Top for the bodice part of the dress and then used the basic shape of the Coffee Date Dress for the skirt – but i made it much fuller so i could gather at the waist. Have a go, it was very simple and i’d love to see another variation!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.28 PMby RianneLouise

    I really love your dress, But i have a question.

    How much coton did you use? who many yards?

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      Feb 10, 2011, 09.20 AMby junespoon

      I used about 1.5m of cotton sheeting in the teal colour i think. I know that i bought about 3m, and i have about 1.5m left over!! You can amend the pattern to fit the material you’ve got because i just made the skirt as wide as my fabric width would allow and then gathered it in. If you use a little bit less / more material you can just adjust the gathers to fit.

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    Jan 23, 2011, 10.53 AMby whathappensnow

    it’s really amazing!!! congrats girl! i hope mine will be as gorgeous as yours :)

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