Coffee + Thread Pattern Tour

I'm taking a quick break from my blogging sabbatical to share this Polina Dress I made for the Coffee + Thread Pattern tour! My friend Olga, designer of Coffee + Thread Patterns, has been super busy designing gorgeous new patterns and I'm thrilled to be part of her tour. I've known her for several years now and she's become a good friend in that time. I love how detailed and meticulous her patterns are - you won't be disappointed and you'll probably learn something new. Make sure to   visit the other tour participants because you don't want to miss all of the awesome creations Also, during the tour you can save 20% off all patterns in the Coffee + Threads shop with code coffeeandthreadtour and there is also a fun giveaway you can enter. You'll find the giveaway and links below.

As I mentioned, I made the Polina Dress. I made a few mods to the pattern based on a dress I saw on Pinterest. Instead of a separate bodice and skirt, I adjusted the bodice pattern to create a swing dress. I extended the button placket to the bottom of the dress but only the top 4 buttons are functional. There aren't enough hours in the day for sewing a billion buttonholes!! I also added some mini pom pom trim to the frills. I've had it in my stash for ages and finally found the right project for it.

Fabrics. . . the main fabric was something I found at Hobby Lobby of all places. It's a gauzy lightweight cotton lawn type fabric and it is extremely sheer. I lined the dress with white cotton lawn but it was still a bit on the sheer side so I ended up making a slip to go under the dress. If I had it to do over again, I'd go with a more stable, less sheer fabric that would be easier to sew with. It will definitely make for a great summer dress since it's so breezy!

April 3
Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4
Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5
Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6
Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7
Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10
Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11
Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12
Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13
Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14
Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||
With Love By Eva 


  1. Love it, especially the bodice adjustment and the mini-pompom. A real summerdress ♡

  2. Love it, especially the bodice adjustment and the mini-pompom. A real summerdress ♡

  3. So gorgeous ! Love your mods ! And definitely not nightgown-ish at all ;)

  4. This is so gorgeous Vanessa! I love what you did with the bodice! The effort was totally worth it, the dress screams summer to me! Thank you so much for joining the tour! xoxoxo

  5. Those mini pompoms really make it awesome! Love this dress.

  6. Your version / mods are so lovely and I can't believe how much your daughter has grown. So beautiful!

  7. This is stunning! Love the shape and tiny pom poms and pictures. I need a slip for Ansley's dress. What fabric/pattern did you use?

  8. This is seriously beautiful. I love the change you have made and extended it to an a-line dress. Great idea!

  9. This is such a beautiful summer dress. Tiny pompoms are such a cheeky addition :)

  10. This version is so beautiful! I love the fabric you chose (worth the challenge of trying to photograph those colors, I hope!) and the changes you made. Such a pretty dress!!

  11. it's so gorgeous! And Syd is so beautiful. :)

  12. I have enjoyed this blog, your Living With Less blog and now I'm sure I'll enjoy your new blog. Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. Very pretty! Love the pompom trim and the overall summervibe of this dress!