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Green linen coffee date

Added Oct 11, 2010

by janene

London, United K...






I love how easy it is to work with linen. I love how it drapes and I love how it feels. Just hate having to iron it!
I’ve learnt not to get too precious about ironing out all the creases. That’s just how it is supposed to be.
I found the instructions pretty easy. Only had to lengthen the bodice a little and I lined the skirt. I used a 20" zipper instead of an 18" but good job I did. The all-in-one facing instructions were really helpful though only in practice…. I couldn’t understand it on first reading but when I started to put it together it all made perfect sense.

Would definitely consider making this style of dress again. Perhaps with a different detail.

Raspberry tights and moss green dress are a good pairing methinks!

Material Notes

Dress fabric: Linen; lining: acetate; 20" invisible zipper; hook and eye; lightweight fusible facing.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Casual
Linen, Polyester

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    Mar 15, 2011, 12.42 AMby aprilschutt

    I am in the process of making this myself but am a little confused on the ruffle. How do I attach it to the bodice without you seeing the gathering stitches? Any chance you could take a picture of how you attached it? Or at least explain it maybe? Thanks much!


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    Dec 1, 2010, 03.21 AMby saylavie

    Really nice! And the raspberry tights look fabulous with it.

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      Dec 1, 2010, 12.52 PMby janene

      Thank you :-)

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    Nov 15, 2010, 07.12 PMby surfjewels

    looks gd, lovin the tights

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

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    Oct 14, 2010, 03.23 AMby carjomaha

    how much did you add to the length of the bodice, did you have to alter the skirt ? I have traced out a size 36 as I am a size 10 (NZ) but it looks very small, did the size work for you ?

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      Oct 17, 2010, 02.05 PMby janene

      I made a trial one with some old curtain lining and decided that the bodice was not long enough so I added 2cm when I came to make the real thing. It still sits slightly above my natural waistline but I think its quite flatering and it certainly feels comfortable. I used the size 38 (UK 12). I used to skip the trial version and go straight to the real one but cutting corners just meant that I wasted a lot of hard work, quite often! Im learning…. the easy way now! :-)

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    Oct 11, 2010, 10.54 PMby olystyrene

    You did a wonderful job! great colour combination too ;)

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      Oct 17, 2010, 02.01 PMby janene

      Thank you :-)

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    Oct 11, 2010, 09.45 PMby nessys

    Wow – you look really beautiful in this dress – of which you’ve done a lovely job. Just gorgeous – and that green is one of my favourite colours.

    I am a huge fan of raspberry tights and yours with this dress is a stunning combination!

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      Oct 17, 2010, 02.01 PMby janene

      Thank you NessyS. Im so glad to be experimenting with colours :-)

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    Oct 11, 2010, 11.32 AMby janene

    Thank you very much Aibby. It did take me a while to understand the instructions. I think mostly because the photos are of black fabric with black interfacing! Would recommend trying it on some scraps of fabric. Take it step by step and persevere and you will eventually get it…. Its like magic!

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    Oct 11, 2010, 11.25 AMby aibby

    I agree, the tights look great with the green linen. I wish i could understand all in one facings. Dress suits you well.

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