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Coffee Date Dress- multisize sample!

Added Feb 19, 2009

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany




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As promised, I’ve finally finished making the multi-sized Coffee Date Dress Pattern! It’s available now in sizes 34-42. Here’s a sample I made to test the fit of the size 36, in lightweight grey-blue pique with an olive green velvet ribbon to hold it in place on my size 32 mannequin. I’m going to post better photos and the other samples soon. Hope you enjoy the pattern- if you make your own, please post it to BurdaStyle for everyone (and me!) to see!

Material Notes

lightweight grey-blue pique, probably synthetic, another $1.29 find on the bargain table :)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic


JJ for the her multi-sized sloper, Dan for scanning

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    May 12, 2016, 01.16 AMby momentsbycharlie

    This is really nice!

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    Jul 30, 2013, 01.51 AMby mjschock25

    Where can I get the actual pattern? When I click on the link, I just get the instructions, but not the actual pattern to print and cut out. Help please! I really want to make it :)

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    Jun 11, 2013, 03.38 PMby MariposaDesigner

    Amaizing! Love this green and grey together!

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    Mar 18, 2013, 03.15 PMby melissadahan

    Would be cute to have a matching dress for a girl. (size 7/8?) anyone know of such a pattern?

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    Jul 31, 2012, 10.04 AMby commseng

    This dress is fantastic thank you so much for the pattern- so easy to make and adjust. I have about 4 now and they are perfect for work in the summer.

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    Jan 6, 2012, 09.25 AMby pgtips

    I love this dress!! Thanks for sharing the pattern and instructions. With the free pattern and my bargain fabric the whole dress cos $4- bargain!

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    Dec 21, 2011, 06.34 PMby Judy Garland

    I have tried out the coffe date dress twice, once wihtout a lining and once fully lined. The second time I did both the lining AND the facing wich turned out a bit bulky. Does anyone know if it is possible to add a lining and skip the facing? In that case, how do I cut out the interfacing?

    Anyone? / Mona

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      Jul 3, 2013, 03.40 PMby tamalicious16

      If you want to do interfacing with a full lining, you just cut out the pattern facing pieces and attach them at the top only. The facing pieces are identical to the bodice pieces except they’re only a few inches wide. In the fully lined versions I’ve made, I just pressed the interfacing to the lining pieces.

      Recently, I’ve stopped using interfacing with fully lined dresses recently because they turn out better for me, but you can certainly attach the interfacing to the lining pieces and skip the fabric facing pieces.

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    Aug 5, 2011, 05.38 PMby thegoodcin

    Great dress! Saw this at Loft in an animal print which is a great idea too!


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    Jul 27, 2011, 08.42 AMby northwestisbest

    I just made a stripey version and I’m so pleased with how it turned out, plus it’s work appropriate. I’m planning to make another version as soon as I’ve chosen the fabric!

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    Jun 22, 2011, 03.58 AMby Lisa Lorscheter Steffl

    I absolutely adore this dress! I did the dress in a pretty print—ink blue sketched roses on white background. I did the ruffle in solid blue and added a solid blue waist sash. I also fully lined the dress. It turned out just darling! Thanks for sharing the pattern and instructions.

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      Aug 12, 2014, 02.03 PMby lovetosew98

      Did you have any trouble with the seam allowance? The instructions say 5/8" seam allowance included, but the pieces say “seam allowance NOT included”. I have my pieces cut to my size but there isn’t enough room for 5/8". I have a backup of the whole pattern on tissue paper so do I need to start over and add the 5/8"???

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    May 15, 2011, 03.39 PMby tamalicious16

    I’m hosting a VERY BEGINNER coffee date dress sew along on my blog. I hope you’ll join us! Several of my friends have never made anything in their lives, and this is primarily for them, but I’d love for some Burda Style members to join in. I’m keeping it REALLY basic, so Burda Style members might want to work every three days or so instead of every day! We’re starting in ~1 month. I just posted the details:


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      Jul 21, 2013, 09.39 PMby tamalicious16

      Planning to do a few more sew-alongs later this summer into early fall, for anyone who’s interested. I’ll post details on my blog (linked above) soon!

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    Mar 13, 2011, 05.57 PMby andreach

    Hello – 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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    Mar 5, 2011, 08.34 PMby ray162738

    can someone please please help me with the darts? how do i do them? what is the seam allowance? i would assume 5/8 of an inch, but that doesn’t make sense for darts…

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      Mar 13, 2011, 05.56 PMby andreach

      No seam allowance sew the darts right on the line. Did you cut the the triangles out on the bodice, i did that once.

      Just line up the point at the top and the points at the bottom and sew a straight line from that top point down. Make sense?

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    Jan 21, 2011, 08.50 PMby slightlyvintagegirl

    I would love to see this dress available in larger sizes. I need it in a 46ish. It is such a universally flattering piece it would be nice to see it really flexable. Its hard to be a plus sized hourglass and find things cute and flattering and properly fitted. Clothes in so many though not all the stores are just big and bulky. I am short and curvy, but also like 50lbs over weight and am resorting to making clothes. This is perfect …. perhapse I will try to make it and size it up any way just to see how it turns out.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.56 AMby mumsew

    any chance of it going to plus sizes? this is a lovely style and i would love to make it for my daughter who is a 46/48

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    Nov 14, 2010, 09.54 PMby love2sew24

    This was a great project. I don’t know how to post my pic though. I love this pattern

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    Nov 9, 2010, 09.59 PMby gloriapd

    cannot find the pattern; a lot of chit chat but no ptatern

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    Sep 27, 2010, 07.04 PMby minibutton

    did the pattern come with the ruffle?

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    Sep 11, 2010, 04.33 AMby ejuch

    How do you sew the ruffle? So confused?!?

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      Sep 16, 2010, 10.07 PMby tamalicious16

      You cut a long rectangle (6×36 inches, as the pattern instructions say). There’s no pattern piece for it. Finish the long edges and sew the short edges together so there aren’t unbound edges on the short edges. Gather the top.

      Then it’s really easy! You just zig zag it from one point to the next of the template, starting at the bottom. You sew a straight line from one point to the next, then you flip the ruffle the other way and sew a straight line to the next point! There is no actual seam, it’s just sewn to the front of the dress, but the ruffle from above covers it. The only line that won’t be covered by the ruffle is the very top one, but that one is incorporated into the top of the dress.

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    Aug 14, 2010, 02.24 PMby surfjewels

    Thanks for the pattern, just made this, worked out great. No probs at all. I’ve added a pic 2.

    Hannah Handmade Jewelleryhttp://surfjewels.000space.com

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    Jul 23, 2010, 08.16 AMby Caitlin Jensen

    what size paper do you need to print the pattern? im a novice sewer, and i can’t find the size anywhere!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 11.56 PMby fullertonregan

      Hi Caitlin. I just printed this on letter size paper (8 1/2″×11″) and it came out fine.

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    Jun 3, 2010, 07.40 PMby xxb3bigurlxix

    I’m so confused about the ruffle. Can anyone help me out? I need this dress for tomorrow morning.

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    Jun 2, 2010, 04.20 PMby aoifemcm

    The download seems to be broken, the full pattern and instructions are on the designers blog. Here’s the linkhttp://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/downloads/

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    May 29, 2010, 05.23 PMby afuna

    Hi, I’m new to burda site. I tried to download the pattern for this dress but i only get the instruction and not the pattern Where can i find the pattern? I really love the dress

    Thanks in advance

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    May 25, 2010, 09.01 AMby wishofhappiness

    Hi quick question: Is the interfacing like ‘iron-on’ or is it a lining?

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      Mar 5, 2011, 08.37 PMby ray162738

      i used iron-on and it worked!

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    May 7, 2010, 05.42 PMby monicacaroline


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      May 25, 2010, 08.58 AMby wishofhappiness

      the instructions say you require 2 1/2 yards lightweight woven fabric.
      1/4 yard of lightweight interfacing.
      (Its all on the downloadable instructions.)

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    Mar 20, 2010, 12.45 AMby ezza82

    I am a complete whole bigger size in the bottom than the top (the pleasure of being a women….) anyways, Ive never tried it, and only a beginner sewer, is it possible to create this dress in a size 38 at the top and size 40 at the bottom?

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    Mar 10, 2010, 04.07 PMby lcs

    Hi. Maybe I am not doing this right, but I cannot find the pattern. I opened the instructions here on burda and i only see one page, and opening the pdf on your site only shows me instructions, and no pattern. Where can i find the actual pattern for the multisized dress? Thanks.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.03 PMby kandyrockstar

    Hey there. I am extremely interested in making this dress. I have everything printed and ready to go for when I get off work tonight. My only obstacle is I’m not sure what my size is. I am unfamiliar with the “large-number” dress sizes, and I was wondering if anyone know of a chart I could check out to find mine? Thanks!

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    Oct 24, 2009, 02.21 PMby kabulshit

    How am i sopused to sew the ruffle?/:

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