Welcome Georgia of I Believe I Can Sew to The Day and Night Dress Challenge! This Romanian sewist has mad skills and sews at an absolutely furious speed with an creative eye for combining textiles and textures. Her work is truly exciting to see!
I is always more fun to sew with others so I was quite intrigued to join Elizabeth’s challenge. I love looking at dresses and I love making dresses but I rarely wear them.
THE COCKTAIL DRESS
The cocktail dress was done in the spur of the moment. I was reorganizing my stash a bit and found 2 pieces of fabric of 1 meter each from some of my shopping sprees during the bee and though that would make a great dress together. I immediately thought of Lekala 4437 I done a while back in jersey and bought to try and see how it looks in a brocade and color blocked.
I cut the pieces right away to not give me time to overthink it:
And sewed it the next evening. It come together a lot faster then I expected and hangs quite nicely one me. So here it is my cocktail dress:
The skirt has a really nice flow and as you can see I could not stay put in that dress!!!
THE COFFEE DRESS
The day dress was quite the opposite to make. I spend a lot of time thinking and rethinking options for both pattern and fabric. I do not drink coffee but I do enjoy hot chocolate and caramel.. I wanted to use some shades of brown but I don’t have many in my stash as is not one of my favorite color… But I thought that incredibly soft sweater knit or whatever this orange/cream fabric was will be perfect for it. And then I picked the a pattern: McCall’s 7349. The combination of raglan sleeves, princes seams and flared skirt seemed to good to pass:
I was a bit limited with my print placement as the panels on the fabric weren’t as long as I would have wanted. I had to cut my skirt shorter and have some sort of printed collar around my neck but I think all turned out great in the end. I really love having pockets so there was no question for me if to add some or not. The easy side inseam pockets didn’t appeal to me as much so I thought of adding some welt pockets in the front and spice the dress a bit:
And since the dress didn’t scream chocolate enough I though that it is time to get some dust off my embroidery machine. I absolutely love embroidery and there are so many nice designs out there but it is time consuming so I often just make do with the fun prints on the fabric itself. But I do wanted this dress to be more special to I looked up a design for it:
So here it is my day hot chocolate dress:
An because the fabric was one of the softest I ever worked with I could no resist using it up to the last scrap for kids too:
Thank you so much Elizabeth for everything.
KEEP WATCHING HERE ON ELIZABETH MADE THIS AND ON YOUTUBEBETWEEN NOW AND FEBRUARY 28TH FOR MORE AMAZING DRESSES FROM THIS WONDERFUL GLOBAL CREW OF SEWING BLOGGERS AND VLOGGERS I’VE ASSEMBLED!
WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN YOURSELF?
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE:
- Sew some dresses!
- Let other people know about it. Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
- Keep reading here to find out the latest. Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram andFacebook.
- Post a picture of your day look (coffee) and your night look (cocktail) to Instagram to enter yourself. Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
- Grab a graphic and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram: