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Coffee Date Dress

Added Jan 25, 2009

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany






This is a super simple dress I designed and drafted this weekend. It will be nice for work or a casual coffee date once the weather warms up a bit; until then it’s staying under the long cardigan. I’ve uploaded the (pretty easy!) pattern so you make your own. Right now it’s just in my measurements (size 32 petite) but I plan to make a standard multi-sized version soon. UPDATE: The multisize pattern is now posted and available for download!

I found the crisp beige poplin fabric on clearance for $1.00 a yard. Adding in an 88 cent zipper, the total cost for the materials for this garment ended up being about $2.50 :) Recession fashion at its best!

Material Notes

Light beige stretch poplin (probably mostly polyester with some lycra)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic


Dan for photos, my BurdaStyle hero jj for inspiring me to learn to draft patterns, and the fantastic Tchad for teaching me to draft!

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    Mar 22, 2013, 07.17 PMby EllieBrownCANSEW

    i love this dress im so goning to make this

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    Jul 22, 2012, 09.42 AMby Byanka Ayala

    I downloaded the pattern but the multi size is not there. Where can I get it? Was anyone able to find it? Let me know. Thanks.

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    Apr 5, 2012, 06.27 PMby laurakealey

    I managed to alter this pattern for me at 5ft 6.5. I’ve had it printed out for over six months! Ido love the pattern, the dress is turning out well. Thank you.

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    Jun 21, 2011, 10.25 PMby Irina Schwab

    Thank you ,elainemay for the wonderful pattern!

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    May 3, 2011, 11.56 PMby Talia B

    I tried downloading it and it only gave me the instructions (no pattern pieces). why is this?

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      Jun 20, 2011, 08.15 AMby lauraemillar

      haha, I have the pattern and no instructions! tradsies?

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    Apr 7, 2011, 06.11 PMby prettyplease

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    Mar 29, 2011, 10.16 PMby canofshan

    I, too, am having a problem with the instructions? Also where is the multi size pattern? I really want to make this dress! so cute.


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    Mar 13, 2011, 05.58 PMby andreach

    I am making this dress for the second time. It’s actually going to be a bridesmaids dress for my friends wedding. Its coming along good. Im doing 2 things a little different; im doing a full lining for the top and i bought lace to make little ruffle sleeves. But now im running into a big problem, I realized i have no idea how to put on the sleeves since the facing is sewed on before the shoulders are sewed together so i dont know how to put in the lace! Any suggestions??

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    Feb 3, 2011, 10.37 PMby bjoyful

    Amazing !!!! Totally love it.

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    Feb 3, 2011, 09.14 AMby dottty

    Hi where do i find the multisize pattern ? :)x

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    Jan 15, 2011, 02.25 PMby Krzysiek Marchewka

    super dress, i like it so much :)

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    Jul 22, 2010, 01.54 AMby surfergirlham

    This dress turned out PERFECT, exactly like I thought it would. I want to make it in a few different colors. Thank you so much! Its very sweet and perfect for a coffee date! I wonder if its a bad fashion move to end up with a few of the same dress in my closet?

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    Jul 8, 2010, 09.00 PMby erugutt11

    LOVE IT! but can anyone help me with the ruffle?

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.14 PMby ndimi

    I absolutely love your long cardigan over this dress, such a feminine flirty change to a coat! Looks amazing. Thanks for this pattern, when I get back to my machine I’d like to give it a go.

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    Apr 24, 2010, 06.00 PMby ellecubed

    this is the first dress i’ve ever made. and it was a great intro for me! i know i have some final touches to complete yet, but i feel really great in it. and that’s the point, isn’t it?

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      May 2, 2010, 03.31 AMby stephieg

      Way to go on your first dress. It looks so adorable! Do you still happen to have the instructions? For some reason the link to them isn’t working on the website. sadness I would be so appreciative if you could send it to stephanie_lindsey@hotmail.com. Thanks and congrats on your lovely new dress :)

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    Feb 9, 2010, 04.12 PMby designscout

    Could someone please post directions? I’d LOVE to make this, but I’m so “novice” I can’t really sew a pattern without instructions.

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    Feb 5, 2010, 06.27 AMby lzgogo777

    How long does it take to make this dress?

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    Jan 24, 2010, 11.57 PMby passthepins

    Thankyou so much for this dress pattern! I just love it.. However, I cant seem to download the instructions, and am abit confussed by how to attach the front ruffle. Can you please steer me in the right direction?

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    Jan 5, 2010, 12.12 PMby craziemirrie

    This is a wonderful dress! I had such fun making it and I’m sure I’ll enjoy wearing it. Thank-you elainemay! You are very talented.
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    Dec 27, 2009, 12.44 AMby megan16

    Can you please post the instructions? I love this dress and found wonderful fabric for it. The instructions would help me a lot and this is the best dress I have seen in a while.

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      Apr 25, 2010, 04.15 PMby shedoz213

      Hi were you ever able to get instructions to make the Coffee Date dress? I need them also. THX!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 01.11 AMby splummer

    I’m having a hard time getting the pattern to download. Can anyone help?

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    Aug 19, 2009, 06.58 AMby fontiua

    just finished making mine. It’s so cute, and just in time going out to dinner tonight with friends.

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    Apr 1, 2009, 09.18 AMby recreationbyjoy

    Thank you! This will be fun to make and wear.

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    Feb 25, 2009, 10.06 AMby stellula

    Wow! Lovely. I have just the shoes for it. I HAVE TO MAKE MYSELF ONE!!!

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    Feb 24, 2009, 07.25 AMby TerezaSews

    excellent work! I’ve just downloaded the multisized one and plan to play with it soon. Thank you for taking the time to multisize it!

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    Feb 22, 2009, 12.10 AMby firsthays

    Wonderful! I printed out your sized pattern(I’m a 40)and sewed it up this evening…wonderful! I adjusted the back darts for me(I have a shallow back), but other than that it was just right :) I would add that piece to piece indicators(dots with a line maybe?) would be good for matching the seams…but I’m being fussy!LOL You did a wonderful job, and as soon as I borrow a digital camera I’ll post it’s pic. Thank-you for a wonderful easy summer dress! Oh, I didn’t do the ruffle, I added one to the hem!

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    Feb 20, 2009, 10.47 PMby Noel Laws

    This is inspiring me to get crafting this weekend. Love the final cost!

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    Feb 20, 2009, 11.46 AMby cheekie

    Love this dress! Made it for my brother’s wedding. Took a bit of work to resize…still wasn’t happy with the armholes, but it fit great otherwise! Thanks for this pattern, I really do love it….

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    Feb 10, 2009, 07.12 AMby pinksunflower

    This is lovely. I am going to have a go at making one myself! Looks very chic.

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    Feb 6, 2009, 10.22 PMby hamble

    Such a great dress! I voted for it in the top 25. It looks so easy to wear. I’m chuffed I will be able to make my own, thankyou so much!

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