Saturday, November 7, 2009

Coffee Date dress

Coffee Date Dress

I finished sewing this dress several weeks ago but never got around to blogging about it. It is a free pattern available at Burdastyle. Let's see if I can remember all the details.

I made a muslin (using one of my mum's old saris) to see if the 32 petite would fit. I didn't like the way the bust darts looked; they seemed pointy and a bit high. Apart from that, the fit was perfect. So I sought help (thanks Christina!). With the tips that she gave me, I lowered the bust darts by 3/4" on my muslin, but it still didn't look quite right. I decided that it was the sari fabric that I was using for the muslin rather than the placement of the darts that was making it look strange, so in the end I went ahead and sewed the bust darts as they were originally. I did curve the legs towards the ends to make them look more rounded and less pointy.

The only changes that I made were to: lengthen the skirt hem by 1.5", line the dress (by basically making a second dress using the lining fabric), and skip the ruffle (my print was busy enough to begin with).

Coffee Date dress

Like the pattern suggested, I used the all-in-one facing technique to attach the lining to the dress. It took me a little while to figure it out, but it looks very neat and I'm with happy with the finish.

Coffee Date dress

The pattern is straight forward and fairly simple and results in a basic dress with a well fitted bodice and flowing skirt. I would definitely make this dress again.

Coffee Date Dress

I'm very happy with it; I think you can tell! Thanks to my husband for taking the photos.

11 comments:

  1. it looks fantastic! i really do love the fabric you picked for this. this dress has been on my to-make list for a long time. i'll have to check the dart placement before i get sewing. thanks for that tip.

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  2. Your dress is fantastic! And the fabric is to die for. One of these days I'm going to visit India and bring along an empty suitcase...

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  3. I have wanted to make this dress for a long time and am glad to see someone else has done it! Looks wonderful. I'm also skeptical of the size 32 fitting me well, as you were. Glad it worked out perfectly.

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  4. It looks great. And I love the last photo--you do look happy in your dress! I haven't had much luck sewing darts. I'll have to give it another shot after learning more. Thanks for the resource.

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  5. it's beautiful!! such a perfect fit and fantastic fabric. and you are so cute :)

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  6. I love the way this came out - Beautiful!!! I'd seen that pattern at Burda style and printed it out, now I'll have to try it!

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  7. Your a beautiful girl and its a beautifullll dress!! I love it!! I wish they had a kids size in that. I want to make one for my daugther! Shes a fashionista and wears all this grown up clothes! Does anyone know where I can get that dress or a dress pattern in a kids size 8? PS: UR DRESS IS GEORGOUS! UR A MODEL!!

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  8. I love the dress you've made. Unfortunally I can't find the pattern on burdastyle.com
    Is it possible to post the URL or the name of the pattern?

    Thanks al lot!!

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  9. http://www.burdastyle.com/search?key=coffee+dress

    or

    http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress-multisize-sample

    There's a size 32 at the original link, but I'm not sure it will work... If all else fails just search for it... Coffee date dress is actually the name!!!

    Good luck!!!

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