Their latest sew-a-long is the Coffee Date Dress by The Selfish Seamstress. It's a free, that's right I said free, pattern available on Burda Style. It's a really cute pattern, yet it remains simple enough that you can really personalize it.
I really enjoyed it although I have to say I do not relish printing patterns at home and taping them together. Not my favorite thing ever.
I decided a couple things about my version of this fantastic dress.
- I did not in fact want a dress. I wanted a peplum blouse.
- I wanted a 40's esque 3/4 sleeve.
- I was not sold on the ruffle but I was willing to give it a shot.
I did try the ruffle but it was not for me. I am a busty lady and lets just say it did me too many favors in that region. It had to go. The last thing this womanl needs is a blouse that makes my girls look even bigger.
Also I don't know why exactly but I just thought that this dress was primed to be a peplum blouse. I have been looking for the right pattern and opportunity to make one and this just felt right.
I did however run into a little snafu. During my debate over the ruffle I put it on and then tried to take it off one more time with a seam ripper. I succeeded in ripping a hole in the top right near the neck edge. So I made a decision, I was going to save it. One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received was, "If you can't fix it, Feature it." I took that to heart and that is how I ended up with this detail:
It has some great tucks and pleats and it's comfy!
I really love this coffee date pattern. It was great to test out and make up. Till next time.