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Coffee Date Dress + Mega Ruffles

Added Apr 8, 2010

by cbsheff

Louisville, Kent...






This is, in fact, my very first project. I may remove this explosion up front, but no decision has yet been made. This is lined with a white cotton/poly fabric so no one can see my leg shadows.

Note: This pattern does not include seam allowances.
(You may notice on the back I had to add an extra piece to extend the width)




Garment Type
Cotton, Polyester

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    Jan 10, 2017, 11.56 PMby ink

    WHAT. Noooo leg shadows !?! I laughed so hard that phrase is such a great name for some thing :-) Thank you for the kind words and your work is lovely !!! I love the explosion also! Did you keep it, the explosion? By the way the dress still looks wonderful, really quite timeless.

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    Jan 2, 2011, 11.12 PMby michelebob

    wow LOVE the explosion up front—-so much better than ruffles…..any chance you can give some tips on how you achieved that? :)

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    Dec 10, 2010, 12.25 AMby bellefille

    Such a gorgeous dress – I’m going to try to make this on the weekend. I love your ruffle. I just wanted to ask what you mean when you say ‘Make that a ruffle, but put the ruffle edge about 1 inch from one of the sides’ ? Thanks heaps!

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    Oct 14, 2010, 05.55 AMby carjomaha

    yes def………..keep the ruffles !!! Why did you have to extend the back, was the pattern too small ?

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      Oct 16, 2010, 10.19 PMby cbsheff

      The pattern was only too small for me across the back. I think I have an unusually wide back for the size of the rest of my body. I have that problem with many patters.
      Keep in mind, the pattern DOES NOT HAVE SEAM ALLOWANCES!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 04.08 PMby flynnflynn

    thanks for all the tips on how to make the mega ruffle; my best friend saw this and requested it, so now i’m going to try to make the coffee date with a similarly large and in-charge ruffle. nice job!

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    Aug 28, 2010, 09.21 PMby fgcassinelli

    I love the way you ruffled the fabric in the front, looks very professional!

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    May 7, 2010, 01.12 AMby biancak

    Super Cute! Well done!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 04.19 AMby graveflower

    The ruffles are inspiring and gorgeous — something you’d see on Project Runway. I also dig the panel you had to add in the bag, it gives it a good detail. I’m not just being nice, either, because I thought all this before I read your description. ;) I think I’m going to do the same look with my own version of this dress. Thanks!

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      Apr 24, 2010, 04.00 PMby cbsheff

      Hey, many thanks! Happy sewing!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 11.13 AMby skwarynia

    Wow your version is really beautiful:) I’ve seen many version of this dress here and there,but never so clever and outstanding one! I’m really impressed. The ruffle is really great and don’t remove it:) Greets

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    Apr 15, 2010, 04.39 AMby lizzya

    can anyone tell me the yardage requirements for the coffee date dress? i want to make the top with one fabric and then skirt with another, so dividing it up into two fabric requirements would help. thanks in advance!

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      Apr 24, 2010, 03.56 PMby cbsheff

      Hey, I’m sorry to get back to you so late and also for what I’m about to write: I don’t know! I bought 3 yards for the whole project and I had about 3/4 yard left over. I would print out the pattern, lay out the pieces according to which ones you’ll use in each fabric, and measure.
      I am sorry I can’t be of more help.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 06.49 PMby dabura

    it’s fab!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 04.26 PMby fabricaddict

    absolutely beautiful! don’t remove the ruffle!!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.51 PMby storres56

    I love everything about this dress. You have to keep the ruffle “as-is”

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    Apr 9, 2010, 05.51 AMby pcvalery

    Leave the ruffles! They look great :D

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    Apr 9, 2010, 04.45 AMby smallone

    do not remove the explosion…this gets best in class, ruffle – coffee date category!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 11.47 PMby blueeyes67

    I love your version of the coffee date dress. it makes it less kindergarten teacher. i never really liked the coffee date dress but now i want to make one!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 08.14 PMby snezhana

    how did you do the explosion ruffles??? i want the pattern or just a small drawing, plzzz!!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 08.12 PMby snezhana

    i love this design, love the explosion- do not remove it, also the color and the whole design gives it a rich cool, i cant see the color of the belt but a camel belt or a brown leather belt will look great with that!! good job!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.21 PMby jukimoosegirl

    I am very impressed this is your first project- you’ve done really well! I love the ruffle too, and I think you should definetly keep at it as you’ve obviously got some talent! Good work and keep sewing!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 03.49 PMby cbsheff

    Wow! I let out a few laughs— what a thrill to receive so many comments! Thank you all dearly. It feels so great to finish a project and (slowly) join the ranks of this talented group!

    And now I am convinced to keep the ruffles. Thanks again!

    Calicokate: Go for the dress. This one took a lot of seam ripping, but it came together. Some advice for you— cut out the pattern AT LEAST a size bigger than your burdasize (do look up the sizes as they may differ from the size on the clothes you buy). The cutting lines for this pattern are actually the sewing lines. It hurts to make something that won’t fit! And iron as you sew. Good luck!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 03.30 PMby ink

    The ruffle is what prompted me to check out your dress!!! REALLY beautiful. I love that ruffle. Very chic. Hello from Beaufort, SC by the way!

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      Apr 8, 2010, 03.51 PMby cbsheff

      Thank you! I hope to check out your local beaches soon. Happy sewing…

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    Apr 8, 2010, 01.33 PMby liser420

    I vote to keep the ruffles, and I’m loving this pastel purple color you chose, excellent!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 12.44 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    The ruffle makes the dress. Love it! Nice job. Keep the ruffle!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 08.02 AMby gillthecat

    i just made the jj blouse and its even rufflier,, i feel like im being attacked by themm, so i know hoe you feel about ruffles, well done very brave for first job

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.30 AMby mybombzinedoll

    The colour is really sweet and I love the ruffle. I wish my first project looked as well made and stylish as this, you did an amazing job.

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.26 AMby cd909

    another vote for the ruffle here – it’s fab!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 06.10 AMby moransa

    It turned out amazing! I love love love the ruffle, you better not remove it. And I love the color. Ok, now I am going to have to try this pattern.

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    Apr 8, 2010, 05.12 AMby kathsydney

    LOVE it! And the mega ruffle too! It’s gorgeous!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 04.43 AMby gdac

    The ruffle is awesome! keep it, keep it, KEEP IT!!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 03.47 AMby calicokate

    Do NOT remove the ruffle!!! It’s spectacular, without being outrageous. Did you find this dress to be easy, seeing as it’s your first project? I’ve been wanting one- but I’m intimidated to make something for myself. Anyway, LOVE it!!!!!

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