I love Gillian’s easy style and her commitment to her color palette. She always does such a great job of making clothes that suit her lifestyle and tastes! Get ready for some happy color courtesy of Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow!
The Day and Night Dress Challenge: Crafting a Rainbow
I’m so excited to contribute to this years #dayandnightdresschallenge! If you follow my blog, Crafting a Rainbow, you’ll know that day dresses are my sewing sweet spot but cocktail dresses are not. I managed to mash up a few tried’n’true patterns and come up with two dresses that I love wearing!
For coffee, I chose an ITY border print sewn into one of my all-time favourite patterns, the Kitschy Koo Comino Cap. This is my ultimate everyday dress, and I’ve made it at least ten times! I love the kimono sleeves and neckline, and the balance of blousey bodice with the defined elastic waist.
For this version, I cut it on the cross grain to make the most of the border print. That did meant the fabric was less stretchy, so I freehanded a bit of ease in as I cut it out. Knits are so forgiving!
For my cocktail dress, I made *another* knit dress! I haven’t owned a plain black dress in years, so this seemed like the perfect excuse to add one to my wardrobe. The bodice is a Maria Denmark Day To Night Drape Top, which seemed perfectly named for this challenge! On the bottom, I used the Cashmerette Turner skirt, which is essentially a half-circle skirt. Initially I found the drape and the armscye quite low, so I took out an inch at the shoulders to raise everything up.
The fabric is really what makes this dress something special – it’s the Stylish Fabrics Modal Poly Sandwashed Jersey, and it’s go the most beautiful drape and finish! I’ve sewn with similar fabrics before, but it’s something I can’t purchase locally, so I was so happy when Stylish Fabric sponsored fabric for this challenge! (In fact, they sent me the wrong fabric at first but were so quick and kind in sending along the right knit. I was impressed!)
*Stylish Fabric is offering 25% OFF the black modal/poly sandwashed jersey using the code: “Gillian” upon checkout.
This fabric is a bit sheer in sunlight, so I self-lined the bodice and used a scrap of ITY to make a lining for the skirt. Now I don’t need a slip, and everything hangs beautifully! It’s winter in Canada, so I tried to style this as I would wear it now… but in summer I’ll wear it with metallic sandals and lots of bracelets. Like any good black dress, I think this would take me to any occasion, from errands to date night!
Shown side-by-side, it’s clear my two dresses have a lot in common… but I love how the bright fabric of the coffee dress makes it fun and casual, and the more dramatic shape of the cocktail dress make it more feminine and flirty.
Ultimately, feeling comfortable always makes me feel more confident, and both of these dresses put a spring in my step! If I went out for coffee or cocktails in either dress, I’d feel like the best version of myself. That’s the magic of a me-made wardrobe!
Thanks again to Elizabeth for inviting me to join in, and to all the other incredible sewists participating – what an inspiring community! I’d love to hear from you: which are you more comfortable sewing for, coffee or cocktails?
Keep watching here on Elizabeth Made This and on YouTube between 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 CAN YOU 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: