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Coffee date dress

Added Jan 23, 2010

by elbie84

London, United K...






I found this dress a bit challenging, and seeing how many others have done it made me wonder if it was just me! I can’t tell you how many times I had to unpick certain bits. After trying the completed dress on, I can see that I need to add a belt or ribbon just to make the top a little bit more fitted (either that or unpick the bodice which may result in me crying).

I found the instructions on the all in one interfacing a bit tricky and really didn’t understand point 5 so I had to figure it out myself which did result in the straps being a bit bulky…but not bad for something I guessed!

I tried to go for colours so that I could combine it as a work and afterwork dress, however, i’m not sure if it just looks a bit too ‘worky’.

Material Notes





Garment Type
Cotton, Polyester

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    Oct 8, 2010, 04.05 PMby redslippers

    i love the colors, also love the idea of a red belt! i think you’ve done a great job, well worth your effort. i’m just about to make this dress and it’s interesting to hear your experience about it. just looking at the pattern i’m thinking it will need a fair bit of extra shaping. tsfh! is all i would have to say to the man selling fabric.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 11.51 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I really have to get around to trying this pattern, every time a new one pops up I go “Ohhhh!”, love the two tones, I think when I get to it I’ll do two colours too. Unpicking can be a drag but you learn as you go and I think you’ve done well. I think the fit looks good but if you are worried about it and whether it is too “worky” (I know exactly what you mean!) then it’s a good excuse to have another go, maybe in a fun cotton that has a print? :) You’ll feel a huge satisfaction with your second attempt, good luck xx

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      Jan 24, 2010, 12.17 PMby elbie84

      Dealing with prints is my next challenge and task to conquer! The man in the fabric shop tried to convince me with “the pattern doesn’t always have to match up” to which i replied "yes it does!. I had to unpick the zip with this dress because I must’ve pulled the fabric about when sewing in and the back didn’t line up. Normally, I’m a bit sloppy with my own work as I have the “doesn’t matter” attitude but as it’s 2 tones, you could clearly see it was out of line! I think black and white would’ve also been a nice combo for this.

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      Jan 24, 2010, 01.45 PMby gdac

      Definately try a print!!! I did a plain blue – see Embarrassing Coffee Date – but I have already cut a second one in a mushroom brown that is covered in crimson and green cherries! Oh sooo cute… thinking of adding a ruffle to the hemline too. But I admit I love this 2 colour coffee date.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 01.35 PMby emlj

    Yeah looks nice :-) great colours, and with a belt would be fab

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    Jan 23, 2010, 01.11 PMby gdac

    It looks great!!! I never thought to mix colours. Maybe a large red high shine belt and heals will take it to afterwork for you!

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