The Pattern Challenge : Burda Style Coffee Date Dress.

I know I’ve talked about my adventures with this pattern but here is my official Pattern Challenge Review. (Check out the other entries here and here.)

5.30.10

Pattern: Coffee Date Dress.

First thing: Don’t forget to add seam allowances to the pattern!
Also do some measuring of the pattern pieces and your body. Better yet make a test bodice with some muslin or spare fabric. I’m sure you won’t have the problems I did with the sizing but it never hurts to do a trial run before cutting into your precious fabric.

I cut the pattern for my bust measurements but that made the waist way too big. So I took it in–both the bodice (sides and front darts) and the skirt. I also had to lengthen the bodice because I’m 6′ with a long torso. I still don’t know if it’s a petite pattern like the original. Either way, another reason to make a test bodice first!

Overall, it’s a great pattern! Really. I foresee more for myself. It has simple construction and a cute design and flattering shape. Great for a newbie. Though, you will have to put in a zipper. But it’s not as scary as you think! (Check out the how-to on inserting invisible zippers here and a visual one here.) It calls for an invisible zipper but I just did a regular one. (Now who’s the chicken? I still haven’t mastered invisible zips!)

The pattern calls for facing at the neck at armholes but I’m not a big fan of facing. If the fabric is really thin, you can see the facing. And it seems like it would get bunched up. Normally, I prefer to line bodices–especially with light colored fabrics*, which is what I did for this one. (For this dress, I just made bias binding for the neck and armholes. The latter turned out fine but the neck kind of sticks up funny. Not a big deal unless you’re nit-picky.)

*Though, I used Harmony Art organic fabric and, well, that stuff’s awesome. I really didn’t need to line it. It’s thick enough. I didn’t even have to wear a half slip.

13 Responses to “The Pattern Challenge : Burda Style Coffee Date Dress.”


  1. 1 Sarah June 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

    SO stinkin’ cute!!! I love the dress and the accessories are FAB! Wow, I definitely need to add this dress to my must make list! Thanks for the great review, Liesl!!

  2. 2 craftydill June 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Your dress is gorgeous.. love the fabric and the yellow accessories!! You did a great job!

  3. 3 Michelle June 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Beautiful! I love the fabric! I love your acessesories! I love the pattern! Your finished dress fit you very flatteringly!

  4. 4 Margie June 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    You look fantastic…well done.

  5. 5 allison June 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    so pretty! i love the dress and the pop of yellow accessories.

  6. 7 Niki June 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Oh wow the dress looks fantastic! And you look so beautiful! Hoorah!

  7. 8 Suzie June 3, 2010 at 4:22 am

    The dress looks gorgeous, you really suit that style. LOVE the yellow with it too :)

  8. 9 Jen June 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    shoot i mixed up posts.. i meant to say that THIS is a pretty dress!

  9. 10 ria June 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’m amaze by your talent really. but i’m more amaze, more like envious, by your height! 6′ WOW! Just WOOOOOW!!!!

  10. 11 Dayna June 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Liesl, you look stunning in this!

  11. 12 Natalie June 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Love it love it love it! And the accessories are perfect!


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