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Coffee Date Hybrid

Added Nov 29, 2009

by sugarduck

Rouen, France






My version of the popular coffee date dress. The pleated ruffle was inspired by the Anthropologie “Soft Drapes Blouse”, designed by Yoana Baraschi. I added a waistband, as I found the bodice a bit short for my body. Other than that, the dress was constructed exactly as directed in the pattern instructions.
This was my first attempt at constructing a dress. Though it’s not perfect, I’m pretty happy with the results. Please excuse the blurry photos.

Material Notes

ice blue cotton/polyester blend




Garment Type



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    Apr 20, 2010, 06.25 PMby speedymouse

    I think that your ruffle variation is better than the original! Could you post even just a sketch of how you constructed it? If I ever made this dress, I’d love to be able to make mine look something like yours!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 03.35 AMby designateddryden

    I love your version of the neckline AND the color. It’s a really gorgeous dress.

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    Jan 19, 2010, 09.24 PMby vanessa

    Wow! Love the neckline!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 09.41 PMby jennifershmennifer

    fantastic alteration to the neck! kudos!

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    Dec 12, 2009, 12.02 AMby petitmoutonbleu

    what a wonderful neck lineeee!! love you mod!!

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    Dec 4, 2009, 11.52 PMby pinkstarz180

    how do you view the instructions? i downloaded the pattern but when i click for the instructions it just has the picture and synopsis and “post some real instructions please.” how to view/ emailing would be great….Help?

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    Dec 1, 2009, 03.26 PMby carottesauvage

    Superbe! j’adore le col… thumbs up!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 05.15 PMby galatina

    This is absolutely stunning! Really good job.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 09.55 AMby ekarman

    the waistband changes the drape of the dress so much, I had been having problems with the waist of the coffee date dress too- I’ll have to try this. Great job!!

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      Nov 30, 2009, 12.06 PMby sugarduck

      I wasn’t actually expecting the drape to change so much, but I do really like the “blousy” effect it gives the bodice. I think it’s a definite solution for those of us who are a bit longer waisted.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 09.20 AMby bohemiannow

    It’s the best version of the coffe dress! How did you do the neckline detail? Did you cut the pattern piece and sew it differently?

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      Nov 30, 2009, 12.03 PMby sugarduck

      For the neckline detail, I cut a long piece of fabric and attached three narrower strips lengthwise to give a pleated effect to the ruffle. I started by attaching the entire thing to the side seam allowance (the ruffle is actually sewn into the side seam on one side and in the shoulder seam on the other). I then draped the strip onto the neckline of the bodice and up to the shoulder on the other side. I did all of the detailing before the “all in one facing” step in the pattern instructions.
      I hope that all makes sense! It’s hard for me to put actions into words sometimes! haha.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 08.32 AMby julietta

    Love your dress, the neckline detail is stunning!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 12.30 AMby btgkowalski

    I love the detail around the neck. The dress is lovely.

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    Nov 29, 2009, 10.21 PMby ladysophie

    Wow that is thee best version of the Coffee Date Dress EVER!! You did such a great job and Im so impressed!!! The neckline detail is amazing and the band under the lower bust just tops the dress of perfectly!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 10.12 PMby nenasew

    Great idea or variation. It looks very cool and modern.

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    Nov 29, 2009, 09.27 PMby ichigogirl

    Looks great, I like the detail around the neckline!

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