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"Coffee Date" Blouse

Added Feb 28, 2009

by vintageluvr

Atlanta, Georgia...






I really only used Elaine’s ruffle for this, but that pattern inspired this whole creation. I used the bodice from a pattern I found in my mom’s stash from the ‘70s! I used sleeves from a different pattern (and shortened them to elbow length) and used Zahra’s Puff Sleeve How-To to give them the puff at the top.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this one because it’s the first I’ve made such HUGE modifications to patterns, using real techniques and my new French curve/design ruler. The bodice is fully lined with invisible zipper going up the side.

Material Notes

Yellow cotton (voile-like), yellow poly lining, invisible zip





Elaine, Zahra, and my mom’s pattern stash!

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    Mar 21, 2012, 06.54 PMby rubysnpurls

    This top is amazing! I found your blog, then I found your top!! I’ve attempted the coffee date dress before but got stuck on the zipper, thanks for the inspiration to finish it!

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    Jan 3, 2010, 10.38 AMby ninaribena

    gorrrrrgeousss top! Love everything about it! Nice work. I shall aspire to make something as perfect. xx ps: also love your bunny!

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    Sep 9, 2009, 06.18 AMby michelleiswell

    i love the alterations to this!!!! i just wish the northern hemisphire wasn’t turning into fall right now!

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    Apr 16, 2009, 01.25 PMby ladymadelene

    So cool! You are really talented:)

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    Mar 13, 2009, 08.51 PMby nglalala

    How cute! Great top!

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    Mar 13, 2009, 08.05 AMby dorawarren

    I love this top! Do you think you will create a pattern for some of us to give it a try?

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    Mar 8, 2009, 08.03 PMby modernmom

    Very nice. Cute color too!

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    Mar 6, 2009, 02.47 AMby jd98

    absolutely gorgeous! love your interpretation of the pattern. thanks for the inspiration!

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    Mar 3, 2009, 02.25 PMby timeatalian

    Very nice job! I love the fabric.

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    Mar 3, 2009, 01.29 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous blouse, nice fitted. Thanks for the idea ;)

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    Mar 2, 2009, 05.26 PMby dressdummy

    An outstanding shirt in every way. I love it. Wonderful choices and delicious fabric!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 05.06 PMby katiebug85

    this is absolutely adorable!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 04.54 PMby foxyroxy

    Love, Love, Love it!. You did a fab jab…perfect color!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 03.54 PMby zozowahine

    Tang! That’s amazing!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 02.30 PMby TerezaSews

    Awesome job! It looks great!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 08.44 AMby carottesauvage

    Love it! feminine and curvy!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 06.34 AMby maha1965

    it’s very nice and attractive and well done the ruffles looks great

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    Mar 2, 2009, 04.26 AMby dkocsis45

    You did a great job on this! love the color and your choice of style to finish the bottom of the top! Hats off to you!

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    Mar 2, 2009, 01.09 AMby minnietheminks

    I love the alterations, well done, its looks fabulous, i like the fabric very much :)

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    Mar 2, 2009, 12.39 AMby lybu

    absolutely beautiful

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    Mar 1, 2009, 02.35 PMby erdronen

    wow! it’s beautiful and so well done! fantastic job altering patterns! i absolutely love it :)

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    Mar 1, 2009, 11.05 AMby ichigogirl

    I love it, it’s gorgeous!

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    Mar 1, 2009, 08.51 AMby smvphotography

    wow, what a beautiful top. i don’t think there is a single thing i don’t love about this. the bodice is so flattering and fits you beautifully, the fabric is gorgeous and the sleeves and bottom part of it…congrats!

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    Mar 1, 2009, 08.40 AMby jamber

    Just gorgeous! Love the puff sleeves, bet it looks grest with a pencil skirt and ultra high heels! You’ve hit ‘retro’ on the nail with this one :)

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    Mar 1, 2009, 07.55 AMby lauriana

    I think it looks great! Very nice choices and well put together.

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    Mar 1, 2009, 04.51 AMby meseide

    Your shirt looks so great! I love everything about it: the alterations you made, the color and structure of the fabric you used…

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    Mar 1, 2009, 03.36 AMby miss-g

    Excellent job. Thanks for showing pictures of the steps you took.

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    Mar 1, 2009, 02.53 AMby catmagalhaes

    super cute! I love it. Very pretty.

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    Mar 1, 2009, 01.14 AMby thebirchtree

    This looks lovely, great idea to put the coffee date ruffle on a shirt.

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