A few weeks ago, I purchased some Atelier Brunette fabric (purchased from Oak Fabrics), which I consider my “Treat Yo Self” fabric as it tends to be much pricier per yard than I generally like to pay for fabric. However, both times I have bought some, it has been so worth it. The quality of the fabric is amazing, and they just came out with a new collection.
I thought I knew what I wanted to do with the fabric, but once it arrived, I changed my mind entirely. I let it sit for a few days, knowing that the perfect pattern always presents itself. That’s exactly what happened: enter the Coffee and Thread Madrid Dress!
Coffee and Thread was not a pattern company that I was familiar with until I happened upon an Instagram post of someone who had made a Madrid dress. My eye was immediately drawn to the style lines of it, and I knew that I was exactly what I had been picturing for my fancy fabric. It’s a bohemian-style dress, with a number of length options: a maxi dress, a midi dress and a tunic.
I chose the midi dress option. One day I will commit to trying the maxi dress version as well, but. wasn’t 100% sure I had purchased enough fabric to get a full length skirt, and I tend to prefer the midi/shorter length anyway so it worked out. I was particularly excited about the flutter sleeves and the skirt ruffle.
The pattern itself was a great sew. The instructions were easy to follow and the dress wasn’t at all complicated. If you’re a beginner, I would say the bodice darts and the side zipper are going to be your biggest hurdles, as everything else is relatively straightforward. The skirt is simply gathered, and you leave tiers on and off depending on the length that you want for the final product.
Would I make the Madrid Dress again? 100%. It’s a fantastic summer look. It’s also loose enough to be cool, but fitted enough that it gives your body a shape (which is pretty much all I look for in clothes these days!).