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In need of your expert opinion

Added Mar 4, 2010

by malinfjell

Skellefteå, Sweden






I have a problem. I started hopeful one day, trying to make the beautiful “coffee dress” by the incredible Elaine May

But now I’m stuck. I love alter things, and off course I did so this time as well.

So, what to do? The black leather is just a belt put there at the moment.
I’m thinking ruffles. Big ones, like Lanvin on this picture:


Please help me!



Material Notes

Silkish material. Zipper. Leather belt




Garment Type
Leather/Fur, Silk


Elaine Mays "Coffee dress"

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    May 7, 2010, 10.34 AMby steffiedestef

    p.s. I would not add ruffles, it’s great the way it looks now! ruffles may ‘overdo’ it!

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    May 7, 2010, 10.33 AMby steffiedestef

    absolutely magnificent! wauuw!!! really!!! It’s more a champaign-dress than a coffee dress! ;) it looks SOOOO stylish! but Isn’t silk a terrible difficult material to work with? (never really worked with silk, but I’ve heard some stories) :) ether way: great stylish dress!

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    Mar 5, 2010, 05.07 PMby misscleva09

    I love the dress. People want to be different. Its creative ;)

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    Mar 5, 2010, 07.13 AMby bubbley74

    I love the colour and the material in this dress.But not sure you are going to want to hear this The dress looks too big for the dress form, and i cant make out if the skirt part of the dress is sewn on separate .What i would do is;take the skirt part off ,and take in the darts on the top to make it more fitted .sew the skirt part back on to the top as a fully gathered skirt,you could still wear the belt and you would look fantastic in it I’m sure. hope this will help with the next one good luck Bubbley.

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      Mar 5, 2010, 09.38 AMby malinfjell

      Thank you, and of course I want to hear everything you all guys have to say, that’s why I put it up! :)

      First, I’m a bit bigger than the dress form, thats why it’s a bit loose. It’s suits me better then it does too the dress form. (The dress form is at the moment made after my sister whom I’m making a graduation dress to at the same time).

      Second, the upper and lower part is sown together, but I don’t really like it, that’s why the belt is there. Just the hide that area!

      Thank’s for your input! :)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 09.56 PMby misshoney26

    I think the “touch” you’re missing is actually accessories- If it were me wearing this dress (which I would!) I would take away the black belt and add a long statement necklace, perhaps a cluster necklace or a layered chain necklace. If you look at some of the necklaces that are out now many of them include bows in the necklace so thats where I would put the bow, its too cute to toss!

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      Mar 5, 2010, 09.32 AMby malinfjell

      Thank’s! And yes, a really big necklace and a great tan (since the color of the dress makes my look blue at the moment! Hoho!).

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    Mar 4, 2010, 09.25 PMby beaver

    i looove it like this! Adriana Orozco is so right. that whole equation would be far too much! Great work:)

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    • Malinselfie_large

      Mar 5, 2010, 09.29 AMby malinfjell

      Thank’s! :)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 07.37 PMby minnietheminks

    I have to say I do love a ruffle, if it fits your style its never out of style! Yet this dress is really pretty as is, yummy colour :)

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      Mar 5, 2010, 09.31 AMby malinfjell

      Ruffles are fantastic, but like oscarthegrouch said it’s not always very flattering. But yes, the color is fantastic, I absolutely love it.

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    Mar 4, 2010, 06.00 PMby jenss-1

    Your dress looks nice. The fabric is really pretty along with the simple lines of the dress as it is. I understand your attraction to the Lanvin ruffle though, but I think that it would be difficult to duplicate the effect with this fabric. (Probably need a lightweight silk to get the right effect, and serious expertise in cutting a ruffle like that). In my opinion, those peplum-like ruffles tend to look better on the runway than in real life anyway. If you’re not happy with the black leather belt, then what about a self-fabric obi or something like that?

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      Mar 5, 2010, 09.25 AMby malinfjell

      Thank’s for your opinion! The reason why I have the belt there is because I don’t like the look of the skirt-part and upper-part where it’s sown together. It’s something you know?

      The belt is actually just a leather pick I cut out and put there. The bow was in the beginning supposed to be where the ruffles are on the original “Coffee date dress”. (I have fallen in love in the “Glee” series, and one of the characters have a really cute blouse with a bow, but it lost it’s cute someway…)

      Thanks again for your input!

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    Mar 4, 2010, 05.55 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    i think a small to medium ruffle around the armholes (as a pseudo sleeve) would look better than such a dramatic huge ruffle. personally they aren’t very flattering on my figure so i stay small (if any), and huge a big ruffle makes it unsuitable for day wear. actually i love the belt and little bow!

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      Mar 5, 2010, 09.18 AMby malinfjell

      Yeah, your right. You have to be a size 0 to look really really fantastic in that big of a ruffle.. Which I’m not! hoho :) And you wouldn’t be able to wear it so much as you say… Thanks!

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      Mar 5, 2010, 10.54 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      to be honest, i didn’t even like the size 0 in that ruffle! really, its because i’m not usually a ruffle person (hence why i haven’t made a coffee date dress yet), its got to be just the right type of ruffle.

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    Mar 4, 2010, 04.45 PMby misscleva09

    love this dress. HOTT

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    Mar 4, 2010, 04.22 PMby justelaite

    i;m not an expert, but i agree with barbara.agatha :) it look great now. if you put smth more on it, it can look overladen, too loaded :) now it’s really great :)

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    • Malinselfie_large

      Mar 5, 2010, 09.16 AMby malinfjell

      Thanks! I’m not an expert either, that’s why I ask all of you guys! But you caring is great! :)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 02.37 PMby barbaraagatha

    Hey: I think the dress is perfect as is. I’m not a fan of big ruffles. To me, it always seems they’re being used to hide mistakes….

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      Mar 4, 2010, 03.00 PMby malinfjell

      First, thank’s!
      Yeah, your right, and a simple dress never goes out of style, while a dress that might pop out in a good way one year, is a fashion disaster the next! Thanks for your input! :)

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