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Gingerbread Coffee Date (cut-away back)

Added Dec 4, 2010

by junespoon

Belfast, United ...






I’d wear this dress all the time if i lived in a gingerbread house. It’s the fabulous Coffee Date pattern amended a bit.

I cut the back very low, so that the zip ends at the waistline. Made new facings for the back so that the sides would sit nice and stiff. I made the skirt much fuller at the bottom but kept the waistline the same so there would be no need to gather. This looks good but you need to be very careful in cutting out the waistline that you cut an even curve…I could’ve done it better, so i think the fullness doesn’t hang perfectly equal ..if that makes sense. I also didn’t cut the length quite equally so added a band of piping and material round the bottom, which i think adds something…i love that about mistakes, they force you to be a bit more creative!

Material Notes

ikea upholstery cotton (nice and stiff – it hangs beautifully especially if you use a petticoat!)




Garment Type

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    May 6, 2015, 02.47 PMby FieMy

    This is sooooo cute! Can i get the pattern, or is it just me who can’t find it already?.. :D

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      May 28, 2015, 12.24 PMby AmarilysA

      i had a bit of trouble finding it as well because i was looking for the one in the picture and realized she said she modified it from an another pattern, which i then found the pattern was located to the right of her description of the dress

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    Apr 8, 2014, 12.12 PMby seaweak

    It´s great idea, beautiful dress!!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 08.57 PMby janene

    Ooo… love!I particularly like how the gingham works so beautifully with this bodice pattern. So flattering. I might have to pull this one out of the box again now that I have seen this!

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    Jul 25, 2011, 11.40 PMby vasgarcia

    This is fabulous! Nice work :)

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    Jun 28, 2011, 12.11 PMby tirrs

    so nice!!! I know it for sure I’m in love with it!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.10 PMby merrymilliner

    AHHHH georgous! love the fabric and the belt is supercute!

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    Dec 11, 2010, 07.04 PMby vintagegirl1980

    You did a wonderful job on this dress! I love how you used the red and white checks! Have you ever seen the old movie, Picnic? This dress would have been right at home there, I just love anything that has a vintage feel to it, Really Beautiful!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 07.34 AMby beastofcotton

    I love how you’ve altered the back. It looks stunning on you!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 09.14 PMby sewlikeabee6

    Thanks junespoon you have a wonderfull day, thanks reply back.
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    Dec 8, 2010, 08.18 PMby sewlikeabee6

    Simply a really cute dress, I like the colors.I think they had some of the best dresses back in the day,because they wore them the most so they really put in the tme to think about what to do next. Thanks burdastyle, of course thanks to junespoons for the display and hard work.
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      Dec 8, 2010, 09.01 PMby junespoon

      I agree i love old-style dresses…and i love wearing them, it always feels special to hear the rustle of a petticoat and feel it swing and bounce when you walk along! Thanks for the nice comment!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 06.21 AMby AmyNicoleStudio

    love the nice thick hem….those kind of skirts make you want to just twirl for days!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 08.51 PMby lkeogan

    Ahh it’s gorgeous! I’d wear it everyday anyway :P

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    Dec 5, 2010, 06.55 PMby juebejue

    lovely! love the bottom hem!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 06.12 PMby cantare

    CUTE! Next you can sew your gingerbread house to match :) The cut-away back is sweet as well.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 04.56 AMby Denise Angela

    Gorgeous and fits you great!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 04.31 AMby Melinda Weddle

    I love this! I especially love the back how it goes into a v.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.52 AMby allygally

    You should wear it all the time even though you don’t live in a gingerbread house, it’s gorgeous!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.18 AMby nessys

    Gingham is one of my pet weaknesses – so I love this dress! I particularly like red gingham – so again, this dress rocks. I love what you’ve done with the back and the red piping really adds charm to the whole thing – so mistakes are a wonderful thing! I’ve been toying with the idea to make a gingham skirt – now you’ve really got me pumped!!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.51 AMby mamamodista

    It’s lovely and fits you beautifully! Love the low back and the piping at the bottom was a stroke of genius!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.09 AMby aluckmann

    I love how you have found so many ways to alter one patter. Each dress you make looks unique and completely different from the others. The piping added to the bottom is one of my favorite alterations. Great job.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.32 PMby celinaj

    OH-MY-GOD. Loooooooooooove it. I love red, I love vichy, I love vintage dresses. This is super! Love the back and the band at the bottom. And it fits perfectly. I had already used this Ikea fabric to make a needlescase, I’d never thought that it would make an amazing dress like this ;) Great job!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 09.47 PMby assets

    Very Cute I love it

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    Dec 4, 2010, 08.15 PMby katensew

    A lovely creation that fits so well. I particularly like the back – and the braiding round the hem adds another dimension

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    Dec 4, 2010, 07.35 PMby seasidelaundry

    Bodice match, piping & draft & perfect proportions-great fit for a movie star! Looks amazing on you!

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      Dec 6, 2010, 01.16 PMby junespoon

      yay! thanks – you’re always so encouraging! xx

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    Dec 4, 2010, 05.13 PMby mixtlii

    So pretty ! The piping is great, the back as well. Good job!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 01.56 PMby zaarissima

    very beautiful! I love the backside of the dress! Great work!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 01.37 PMby redslippers

    love this so much! i really think the pipping makes it

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    Dec 4, 2010, 01.13 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    fits you fabulously! and looks great = super win

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    Dec 4, 2010, 12.38 PMby miledo

    Very very VERY (((= Love the fabric, the back, the belt. Truly very great job !!!!

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