Welcome the delightful Canadian seamstress Rikki from Rikki Sews. Rikki is such a joy and I love seeing her work pop up on Sew Much Talent and Patternreview! Let’s see what dresses she’s made for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.
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Greetings sewing friends!:) I’m Rikki from the blog Rikki Sews. Several weeks ago, the lovely Elizabeth asked if I wanted to participate as a guest blogger for her “Day and Night Dress Challenge”. It was an honour to be asked, and its been fun to take part. I hope you enjoy my makes and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the sewing Bloggers/Vloggers come up with! I’d also love to see what you have made if you’re taking part!:)
If you know me, I pretty much always sew with knits. I chose a knit for my cocktail dress, but I decided to change it up and make something different for my Coffee dress.
As you can probably tell, I had the added challenge of making dresses that were “baby-friendly”. I’m almost into my third trimester (yikes, where has the time gone??) so there was a lot of pattern-hacking involved:)
The photo to the left is from the first interview with Johanna Lu on “That Sewing Blab” (March 2017). I noticed the V-neck plaid dress behind Alethia, took a screenshot, and its been on my iPad since, lol. I’ve always wanted to make a shirt-dress, and this seemed like an easier one to start with. From what I could tell, it didn’t have any buttons and the waist was cinched in with a drawstring or elastic. I didn’t add sleeves to mine to make it even simpler.
A fellow sewing Blogger (thanks Vanessa!:) was kind enough to send me several maternity sewing patterns so I used both these two (M6068, NL6120 to create the look I had in mind. I also made a simple faux leather belt from a DIY I found on Pinterest (mine is a bit wider and I didn’t make a bow). This plaid shirting is from my stash (I still have the receipt from November 2008!).
I wasn’t sure if this was going to turn out, but I made it work!:) I had to do some last minute tweaking (making the kimono/cap sleeve narrower after I had hemmed them, and taking the sides in slightly). My husband is really into plaid these days, and I think that was part of why I chose this particular print. I’d love to make this pattern again, next time in a fabric with more drape, maybe a rayon twill (guess who’ll be visiting Fabricville again soon?;). Lol!
That’s all for Coffee, now onto the (non-alcoholic;) Cocktails!:)
|My sewing-themed mug, my thoughtful husband had made for me:)|
I knew pretty much right away that I wanted to make up a body-hugging Vogue 1314 in this beautiful floral polyester/spandex. I had made a maternity hack with this pattern during my first pregnancy so I used that. Glad I hung on to it!:) I had to do a little adjusting, but it was a fairly fast project. I accidentally cut off too much length and had to add a fabric band at the bottom, but I don’t think its too noticeable.
Vogue 1314, is definitely my most used pattern to date. This is version #8! I had to chuckle at myself when my husband Dan was taking my photos. I automatically hold my tummy taught, lol, wouldn’t make much difference this time!
My mom and dad are planning to come up this weekend so maybe I’ll get to wear this out for a nice dinner with Dan (here’s hoping!:)
Thank you for stopping by & thank you again Elizabeth for inviting me to join in alongside so many talented and fabulous sewists! I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first, lol. The sewing community is just fantastic though & so encouraging! Love you all!:)
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and happy sewing!:)
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 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: