Coach Tour Copycat Dress

During May for The Monthly Stitch, the focus was on knits. I suppose the t-shirts I made for Romeo would have counted, but what I really wanted to make was a copy-cat version of the “Coach Tour Dress” from ModCloth.

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I’ve never run across a pattern for a dress exactly like this one, so I combined some patterns with some self-drafting and came up with something pretty close to my inspiration dress.

The most distinctive feature of this dress is the asymmetric collar. I used McCall’s 6796 for the top of the bodice.

The sleeves were part of the McCall’s pattern, though the inspiration dress doesn’t have them. I was hoping for a multi-season dress, so sleeves seemed like a good idea. The waistband and tabs I drafted on my own. The skirt is the Kitschy Coo Lady Skater dress skirt. I slashed and spread the pattern at the waist line it to give it gathers and put a little length on it. The side-seam pockets in the skirt are from the Tiramisu pattern.

The fabric is out of my stash. It’s a cotton/lycra jersey, but not just a jersey, more of a double-knit. I had bought it online thinking it would be a lovely color for a Pavlova top, and it would be, but since it turned out to be a much heftier weight then I was expecting, I decided a wrap top would be too bulky. It’s the perfect dress-weight knit, so I wish I could find more, but like many things bought online with sketchy descriptions, this was a one-in-a-million kind of find.

Hmm. Maybe not the most “flattering” in the conventional sense, but very comfortable, and unlikely to give me a wardrobe malfunction with the high neckline and mid-length skirt. It’s a little too heavy to be a good summer dress, but I think through the rest of the year this will get worn a lot.

Flattering or not, I’m fairly certain that my version fits me better than one of the RTW ones that inspired me would have. If you’ve made a Red Velvet dress or followed along during the sew-along for it, you might have caught the phrase “deep bust adjustment“. A lot of RTW might fit me circumference-wise, but not necessarily length-wise in the bodice, so that empire waisted seamlines often end up crossing my bust-line rather than sitting under it. Since this dress was a mish-mash of patterns, there wasn’t technically a deep bust adjustment, but the same fitting principle still applied. I don’t think the original Coach Tour dress was meant to have an empire waist-line, but I think on me it would have ended up with one.

Stash-busting stats: 32/50 projects. 59 1/2 yards.


12 responses to “Coach Tour Copycat Dress”

  1. Cari Homemaker Avatar

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  2. Amanda Avatar

    Nice work! Great dress and a gorgeous shade of blue.

  3. sewbusylizzy Avatar

    Love this colour & great job recreating the inspiration dress 🙂

  4. Fiona M Avatar

    I think that is really lovely, and I like your addition of the sleeves. The colour is gorgeous on you too.

  5. delightfullypeculiar Avatar

    the colour is awesome! I think it looks really nice on you, the collar rocks and well done for putting all these different patterns together!

  6. prttynpnk Avatar

    I really love this color on you- great job- I’ve never tried to duplicate a dress before- you will have me looking at maqazines differently now!

  7. liza jane Avatar

    I think it is flattering! It does look very easy to wear but also really pulled together. Also, I like the way you are wearing your hair. Did you get it cut?

    1. Cari Homemaker Avatar

      Thanks. I did chop the hair off and let the curls free a few weeks ago. Best hair decision I’ve made in a long time.

  8. macinic Avatar

    This is gorgeous!! Thanks for including all of your inspiration/frankenpatterning, it’s turned out fabulous – and yes, the colour is brilliant!

  9. Connie Avatar

    Great job on this dress, I love the color and the fit is flattering on you too. It really does look like your inspiration dress.

  10. Cherie Avatar

    Fantastic! What a great knock off!

  11. ksgentry Avatar

    Your dress is a perfect duplicate through my eyes, I love the fact that you added a sleeve and the color is perfect for you. Great job!

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