Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Coffee Dress: Cashmerette Concord T-shirt Dress

I was so happy to be part of the Day and Night Challenge for the second year running!


This year, the theme for this fabulous challenge, which is the brainchild of Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, is Coffee and Cocktails. Today I'm sharing my coffee dress, but you can see my coffee and cocktail dresses side-by-side on Elizabeth's blog, here.



Here's what Elizabeth has to say about the coffee/day dress: 
"A dress with a day look: This should be a casual dress appropriate for your everyday life. This dress should take you out to have coffee with a friend (jasmine green tea soy latte for me, please!)."

For my coffee dress, I cycled through several pattern and fabric combinations (you can see a previous contender here on Instagram) before making a last minute decision to keep it simple, stupid. I went with an old favorite, the Cashmerette Concord t-shirt (see my Concords here and here and here). It is #Cashmerettechallenge month, after all. I’ve been meaning to make a dress version of this classic curvy t-shirt pattern and I’ve also really wanted a sweatshirt dress. I'm under no illusion that Vermont winter is over yet....


For this dress, I sewed a size 16 C/D (which is the same as the last Concord I made). Using the mid-length/straight hem version, I lengthened the bodice of the dress by 16” at the lengthen/shorten line. I chose with the high neck option and long sleeves, because winter. I made my typical 1” full bicep adjustment and added 3.25” to the sleeve length so that I could hem them by an inch to match the bodice hem (the pattern has them finished with a band at the cuff).


The fabric is this fabulous quilted knit that Joann Fabrics had this past fall. After sewing with it a couple of times (here and here), I casually mentioned to my mom that I would appreciate her keeping an eye out for more of it at her Joann. My mom, believing that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing, went to like 5 local Joanns and got me approximately 87 yards of this stuff. I’m not mad.


As you can see, I have a bit of rippling at the hips, but I think that's because I used my sewing machine for the major seams (my serger is acting a little funny and I don't trust it for the load-bearing seams right now). But honestly, I think most people wouldn't notice it, it's just that I'm standing against a solid color background here.


I’m pretty jazzed about this sweatshirt dress! It’s super comfortable, but not slouchy at all. The curves of the Concord pattern lend themselves really well to a dress. Dare I say it feels sexy? And yet appropriate for both work, a cup of coffee with friends, or basically whatever I want, depending on whether it’s paired with heels, sneakers or boots... It can also be layered because it's pretty close-fitting. A definite winner in my book!


Here's how I'll likely wear it, with a scarf and a jacket of some sort. Works pretty well with my Hampton Jean Jacket!


Go check out my coffee and cocktail dresses side-by-side at Elizabeth's blog. While you're there, have a look at what all the other bloggers have made... so inspiring!! I'll be back here with more detail on my cocktail dress tomorrow.

Thanks so much for having me, Elizabeth!


20 comments:

  1. This dress looks fantastic on you! Snuggly and sexy at the same time ... how can that be? lol Vermont agrees with you ... you look so happy and beautiful!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Debbie! I am loving this dress, too. It turned out even better than I hoped!

      Ha, Vermont weather is more to my taste than Southeast Asia's. I was always so sweaty and uncomfortable there.

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  2. But Meg, you need to get out my head though... I was planning on doing this same thing for my day dress. Great minds 😉

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    1. Oooh! Can't wait to see yours! Yes, definitely great minds ;-)

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  3. Congrats on the Seven Days writeup for your amazing sewing workshop! I got a little happy teary-eyed reading it and then all excited to see it was you teaching those ladies! Also, I was thrilled to follow the links and see you're teaching an intro to sewing class at Generator so I signed up for it :) What pattern will you be teaching us? I'd love any excuse to go fabric shopping..

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    1. Thanks so much, Noelle! Teaching that class has been fun, although more difficult than I imagined, but that's my inexperience with teaching showing through.

      So excited you're joining my class at Generator! It's a true beginner garment sewing class, so I thought we'd start with good old pajama pants: http://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-pattern-2290-childs-teens-adults-lounge-pants/2290.html

      Fabric and other supplies are included in the class, but definitely think about fabric for a making second pair to help solidify the skills you learn in the class!

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  4. You know I love the Concord tee especially made up as a dress since I made several last summer. You are really rocking this sweatshirt knit version!

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    1. Yes! All of your lovely Concord dresses really put the idea in my mind. It works so well as a dress! I will definitely make more.

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  5. The dress is perfect and wow does it look good on you!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!! ;-) I love it!

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  6. It looks great! That fabric is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you! This fabric was a lucky find!

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  7. I love this dress! I love that fabric after seeing you make it into a shirt, but it never crossed my mind to use it for a dress. It looks so sleek and simple alone, but then you paired it with the jacket and scarf and it becomes magical! Great job!

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    1. Thanks!! It didn't cross my mind to use it for a dress until last week when I sewed it up!

      I love how accessories can really pull an outfit together.

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  8. Nice job! Your comment about Mom and the fabric cracks me up. Mine does the same. If I mention casually that I like something, a package shows up in the mail overflowing with goodies.Because my mom doesn't own a computer, she is at her Joann's more than I am at my local store. She will buy them out if it's something I like. Go big or stay home- Gotta love those moms!

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    1. Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one with an over-the-top Joann-shopping mom. She literally got me 9 yards of this fabric!?!

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  9. I love this dress and how it looks on you! I am in need of another snuggly dress. I've made 3 of the 'heather dress' from Sew Over It that you may also want to look at. But, I love the straight line of this. Did you have to adjust anything past the waist or just lengthen?

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    1. Thanks!! I've been curious about the Sew Over It Heather dress, but haven't tried it.

      I didn't adjust anything- literally just lengthened from the lengthen/shorten line!

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  10. Your version looks lovely and it persuaded me to try my own. It was my second concord so I used the same size. Unfortunately, I guess the knit was too heavy as it ended up too tight! 😥 Not sure I can salvage it or it will be donated.

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  11. Hey, they just brought that fabric back this year! I'm getting more to make a dress like this so I'll have two garments out of it!

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