Thursday, August 22, 2013

Coffee Date Dress



When the ladies over at Project Sewn announced a sew along to get ready for the upcoming fall season, I was intrigued.  Then I saw what dress they had chosen for everyone to sew up and knew I HAD to join in.  The Coffee Date Dress is not only a free pattern but exactly the type of clothing I love to wear! Almost all the tops I wear to work have some type of ruffle going on in the front.  I'd been thinking about replicating the ruffle look, but thought it might be too complicated.  I was so wrong - this was a relatively quick sew!


I saw a lot of versions over at Burda Style without the ruffle, but that was my favorite part so I left the design of the dress as is.  I've had this Bella Jansdotter fabric sitting around begging to be made into a dress for months.  It never felt like the right time to cut into it until now - and dang, do I love it!


I took my time sewing this dress, which resulted in my first actually invisible zipper.  I had no idea I wasn't doing it right before.  I kind of knew, but didn't want to admit it I guess.  


I had some issues with this pattern but I'm not sure where I went wrong.  I cut out the largest size of the pattern and thought it fit great when I made the bodice.  When I attached the skirt I found out I had to take an inch off of each side!  I'm getting really efficient with the seam ripper.  At least I had plenty of fabric to go back and add french seams to the dress.  


Yay for a new dress to wear to work and learning how to add a cascading ruffle to a garment!  I can't wait until the next season of Project Sewn and to see what everyone whips up.



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20 comments:

  1. It looks great...and the fit seems perfect! By the way...I love your yellow belt paired with your turquoise shoes!

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    1. Thanks! The belt is from Target - they have so many awesome colors of skinny belts right now that I had a hard time coming home with just one.

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  2. That's a fabulous dress! I'm wearing a similar one from the Loft right now! I meant to sew along and missed it:( I only got photos of my Tinny remix today...so I'm late for that too! How do you get so much done?! Great job, gorgeous!

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    1. No way, the Loft is my favorite store! No wonder I like the design of this dress. I feel like there is never enough time. Can't wait to see your Tinny!

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  3. I am OBSESSED with this dress!!! OBSESSED. Maybe next time I want a new dress I can just pay you to make me one? Just kidding ;) Kind of...

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    1. Send me some measurements! seriously.

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  4. I LOVE the fabric you used...and it looks so cute on. Comfortable but so darling!

    Love it!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, I had just enough of this fabric for this dress. it was meant to be :)

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  5. This looks amazing on you! Seriously, it totally looks like something you bought. It's gorgeous! And a FREE pattern!? I may have to try this one. I just wish I liked sewing for myself better.

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    1. Thanks so much! Definitely try it out - it comes together easier than I expected.

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  6. This looks fantastic, I love your fabric! It has a very nice drape on you. Maybe I should be less afraid of sewing for myself and try to whip one of these up!

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  7. very cute!! I think the fit looks great! Mine is a bit more fitted, but yours looks really comfy and lovely! The print is perfect... I also linked up to the sew a long and I'm having fun looking at all the other projects! EMily@nap-timecreations.com

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  8. I love you dress! It fits you great too. Well done!

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  9. loving this fabric and color combo, bravo!

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  10. Love it! I made the same one and am most likely going to make another!

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  11. Beautiful! I love your fabric choice. I don't wear ruffles myself, but I really like the ruffle on your dress, so I may have to give them a shot!
    --Jill, from Jill Made It

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  12. I love this dress!! You did such a great job and the fabric is adorable! I'm pinning this so I can try it myself - and I know just the fabric I'm going to use. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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