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Hands up! Fashion crime = Coffee Date Dress Fail!

Added Sep 21, 2010

by puffling

Montreal, Canada






So…I cut out according to my measurements, added the recommended seam allowance and look at the results: weird waist seam (neither empire nor natural waist) and a bit too short. I also had to take the skirt side seams in by 2cm each side so they would match the bodice seams.

I also think the print is a bit too much; maybe as a skirt or an accessory, but IMO it’s a bit “crazy crafty” for a dress!

At least I now know that I need to lengthen the bodice and skirt. Consider this my CDD muslin ;)

Update on CDD Fail: Sorry for the cropped photo of my post-alteration CDD, but I’m sick today and look like s**t.
I added the complementary-coloured sash, finished the hem, put in the zipper…. but it’s still not quite right. The upper bodice is too tight and I’d prefer the hem and waist line to be a few inches lower. I think it would be better to grade up to the next size and start again (and let someone else inherit this dress!)

Material Notes

Vintage cotton sheeting




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jan 23, 2011, 06.57 PMby TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    Mine also has the same waist issue, not empire but not natural waist either. I actually don’t mind it, I don’t think it looks bad and neither does yours as far as the cut goes.

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    Sep 27, 2010, 03.13 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I don’t ususally like large floral patterns similar to this, but here it looks nice! Well done!

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    Sep 24, 2010, 08.45 PMby ruthp-1

    I think it looks perfect on you! Was the belt an afterthought or is it in the design?

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      Sep 26, 2010, 04.38 PMby puffling

      Thanks Ruth P – so many people made the CDD and posted their lovely photos with either belts or sashes, and it usually looks better that way. Mine, not so much ;) I will get around to taking everyone’s suggestions when my week slows down a bit. Where do you all find time to sew?!

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    Sep 23, 2010, 09.22 PMby damnitjanet

    In my version of the CDD I added in a ‘waistband’ about 5cm wide that just helped to lengthen the bodice and it sat much better on my body shape afterwards. Was super easy as I didn’t do any shaping on the band, just a rectangular piece of fabric.

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    Sep 22, 2010, 01.46 AMby puffling

    Oops! Sorry NessyS! I marked your comment as inappropriate by mistake. Stupid unresponsive touch pad on my old laptop…

    I was thinking about just doing a plain sash. I have the feeling that I have reached the age where flowers, ruffles and a sash tied with a bow might veere into “Baby Jane” territory. ;)

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    Sep 21, 2010, 07.47 PMby scheryka

    Yeah, umm the bodice does run short. I have two bodices just sitting and looking at me begging to be finished. Please let us see you finished product after you have altered it.

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    Sep 21, 2010, 04.25 PMby tpaulin

    I was wondering about the waist height on the Coffee Date dress!

    Adding a sash sounds like a good idea that would solve the waist and hem at once! Please share if you do it.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I like the fabric and I think it looks lovely, so I hope you can modify it to your liking.

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      Sep 21, 2010, 05.14 PMby puffling

      Thanks for the input. Now I think I have the encouragement to revisit this dress rather than toss it! I’ll see if I have any appropriate fabric in my stash to make a sash.

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    Sep 21, 2010, 03.04 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Restylich it. You can do empire, release the hem of the skirt and put a nice lace trim to give extra length and use two or three layer of see through fabric gathered on top of the original skirt, like a babydoll kinf of dress.

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      Sep 21, 2010, 03.26 PMby puffling

      Yes, I was thinking of rescuing it by picking apart the bodice and skirt, adding a >5cm sash (green? blue?) and reassembling. Still wouldn’t solve the wacky print problem though! Maybe I can get away with it in the summer; fall seems too grey and somber for it.

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      Sep 22, 2010, 01.10 AMby nessys

      I like the print! (call me crazy – many have! It has a nice sort hydrangea feel to it) I think the green/blue sash sounds like great idea. Maybe you could do a wide sash and add ties to it? Obi belt style? Just use a block colour and it will tone down the print.

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