The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

Diana Vreeland said that, “It’s not about the dress you wear but the life you lead in that dress.”  Dresses are one of those garments that walk with us through life.  It’s the last minute fix-all when we’re rushing out of the house and have exactly 30 seconds to get dressed and want to look put together.  A nice dinner always goes better with a pretty dress in a way our trusty comfortable jeans just cant.  From comfortable breezy summer frocks to ultra glam evening gowns, there’s a different kind of dress to suit everyone and every occasion.  Is it ever wrong to wear a dress?  So, with that in mind, I welcome you to the Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018.

THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE WILL HAVE 2 PARTS: 1. A BLOGGER/VLOGGER PORTION AND A COMMUNITY CHALLENGE WITH PRIZES!  I’VE GOT A GREAT LINE UP OF SPONSORS, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE THEM!

THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE 2018

This year’s theme: Coffee and Cocktails

Night look: Cocktail dress

In thinking about this year’s theme, I instantly thought about the cocktail dress.  It’s a whole subcategory of dresses engraved in fashion history with some of the most iconic garments to call themselves dresses!  And while you may or may not have lots of glittering cocktail parties to go to, you probably have at least one shorter spunky dress you could wear to one, right?  According to Vintage Dancer,

“…the cocktail dress was shorter, lighter, and less ornamented. Depending on a women’s class her cocktail party dress could be a less formal version of a very formal gown or an upscale version of a day dress. These in between styles were pretty and festive yet easy to move it for dancing, drinking, and semi-formal dining.”

Day look: Coffee Dress

What kind of drink goes with a casual wear it anywhere day dress? Coffee!  Or tea if you prefer!  Obviously I chose coffee in the title this year because “coffee and cocktails” sounds nicer than “smoothies and cocktails” or something like that.  But you get the point.  You know all of those dresses we lovingly refer to as “secret pajamas?”  That’s what I want you to think of in a coffee dress!

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge is to make 2 dresses for yourself:

  1. 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!).
  2. A dress with a night look:  Night look dresses should be a cocktail dress of any kind and style.  This does not have to be an ultra formal affair.  Your cocktail dress should take you to a nice dinner or to a less formal wedding.

Dresses are to be made during the time of the challenge from now until March 5th for community challenge participants.

You may use any pattern you like, self-draft a pattern, or use the same pattern for both dresses.

CHALLENGE SCHEDULE AND RULES

  • The blogger/vlogger post-a-palooza will take place from Thursday February 22nd- Wednesday February 28th right here on Elizabeth Made This.
  • Entries for the community challenge may be posted to Instagram from now until March 5th.  Entries must be marked with the hashtag: #dayandnightdresschallenge and tag me @elizabethmadethis.  You must post both your coffee look and your cocktail look.
  • There will be several winners chosen by random draw from those using the hashtag #dayandnightdresschallenge and tagged @elizabethmadethis.

I’ll share the specific prizes Wednesday, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of all of our wonderful sponsors for this event:

MEET THE BLOGGERS AND VLOGGERS HERE PARTICIPATING IN THE BLOGGER/VLOGGER POST-A-PALOOZA.

CHECK OUT THE PRIZES AND MEET THE SPONSORS FOR THIS CHALLENGE HERE.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE?

    1. Sew some dresses!
    2. Let other people know about it.  Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
    3. Keep reading here to find out the latest.  Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram andFacebook.
    4. 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.
    5. Grab a graphic and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram:                          The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

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32 Comments

  1. Yes! Thank you so much for sponsoring this event again this year (especially since I missed last year). I am so excited!

    • Absolutely! I loved putting this together, and it’s been a lot of fun to do it again. The machine is well-oiled now! I just have to keep going through my lists!

  2. BTW… what is this? Do I see you in black below? You look absolutely stunning in that outfit and the black makes you look like you’ve been “sunning“! I know you may not like the color but it is very pretty on you!

    • Thanks Myra. You caught me! There’s a lot of makeup there, LOL! Black is never a color I’m going to feel comfortable in, but it has a very specific context to me. Paired with my violin, it makes perfect sense.

  3. This is going to be such a fun challenge. I do love a good theme and this ticks all the right boxes. Thanks for hosting Elizabeth! And thanks to all of the awesome sponsors.

  4. This sounds like fun! I will have to see if I can boot aside some of the “other people sewing” I have and work some in for me. I would love 2 new dresses! And I have SO many patterns I can choose from!

    • I have other people sewing to do too! I hope you can get everything done and jump on into this challenge. It was such a fun event last year, and I expect nothing less this year!

    • I don’t see why not. There’s no rules about specific start dates, just that dresses need to be posted by no later than March 5th to Instagram. That being said, if your dress is something that you’ve posted about a lot, than I would say no.

        • Zippers can kill a dress every time! I’ve had a couple myself that have lingered in the UFO pile. Yours sounds like a great candidate for some fresh eyes!

  5. I might be over complicating the rules but not sure if I understand it. Does it have to be one dress suitable for both day and night occasions or any rules on two dress to be made with same pattern, or we choose as we wish?

    Also I will be 7,5 months pregnant so I am not sure if I can put on the dresses I will make. It will probably make me not eligible for contest but I think I will tag along anyways as the dresses will be a good motivation for me to loose the baby weight..

    • You may choose as you wish. As I conceived this plan in my mind, you make 2 dresses. You can use the same pattern for both, you can combine both looks into one dress, but it’s not necessary. Make this challenge work for you!

      You totally do not have to model the dresses if you do not wish. If you want to do a flat lay or put your dresses on a dress form, that’s totally fine! I hope you have a good rest of your pregnancy and a safe and healthy delivery!

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    • The vlogger/bloggers are there to lend inspiration to everyone and they are not eligible for the prizes. The community challenge members have a little longer to complete their dresses and will be entered into the drawing for the prize packages.

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