Today I’m welcoming Tonya of Sew So Petite to talk about her projects for The Day and Night Dress Challenge. Welcome Tonya!!

Beachy vibes +Madison Cardigan

Hi friends! It’s that time of the year again; The Day to Night Challenge hosted by Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This. 

Here are the deets:


  1. Find your lonely dress in your closet! Sew up 2 extra pieces to coordinate with your dress for a day look and a night look.
  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 newly styled dress and extra pieces in your day look and your night look to Instagram to enter yourself.  Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
  5. Grab the graphic below and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram:

Sound simple right? Not exactly for me. I had my ideas for weeks and when it came time to execute, it didn’t work out for me. So I was left stranded with no ideas. (insert sad face).

Have you ever made something that you absolutely knew would turn out great, but ended up in a failure? It takes a toll on your confidence level. But I was able to get myself together, give myself a pep talk and become the boss chick that I know I am.

And this is what I have:

These are my day to night looks. Let’s start with the day look.
Let’s talk about it shall we? I wanted to go for a very casual, beachy look. I envisioned myself in the Florida Keys, during the day, hanging out. I had this dress in my closet for about 2 years. I’m not much of a dress girl, so finding a dress in my closet that I don’t wear was the easy part.

My style

I consider my style to be very classic. I don’t like to wear really bold prints or loud colors. I like a simple, well put together outfit. So for my day look, I was going for the “girl next door” look.

I chose Vogue 8772, View C. There were a few things that I changed about the pattern.  This dress is a strapless, sleeveless tube dress with a really pretty print that I purchased from an online thrift shop. The last time I wore this dress was last year at my daughters high school graduation.

The major thing that I omitted from the pattern was the buttons. I did sew the button plackets but I did not sew on any buttons or buttonholes. I plan to wear this top exactly how I have it here; tied up, which looks super causal. I also shorted the sleeve length. Even I chose the short sleeved version, I felt as though the sleeves were way too long to be short sleeve. (or maybe my arms are too short)

This pattern was super easy to construct and for a Vogue pattern, I found the instruction very beginner friendly. I think anyone with basic sewing knowledge can tackle this one. I chose a very light weight cotton, with a small amount of stretch and I have no idea where I got it from. LOL. I think that your accessory really make or break a look. By pairing this dress and shirt with a straw hat, it was really tied in well together. 

My night look

I chose to make the super popular Madison Cardigan from Sew Style Me. I have admired Eryn from afar for quite a while now. She’s very classy and I just love her style and I feel super appreciative that I had a chance to make one of her patterns. Let me tell you…. if you have never made any of her patterns, please do yourself a favor and try it.

The instructions for this one were literally only 2 pages, and I think it only took me about 1.5 hours to complete, including cutting time. This is a cardigan that you NEED in your wardrobe. I envisioned myself going out to dinner with my husband after a busy day of shopping in the Florida Keys, hence the straw tote. You know those summer nights where it gets too cool to wear a sleeveless top? Yeah, that’s what you need this cardigan for.


I sewed a size small with absolutely NO changes, which is different for me. I didn’t even shorten the pattern!! I chose a textured sweater knit that has been in my stash for a long time, which I think  I purchased from JoAnn’s. 

Piecing a wardrobe and considering layering

Doing this years’ challenge really forced me to think outside the box. It’s super easy to just sew a dress or a top but what I struggled with was piecing items together. Layering isn’t something that I do, however I really like my looks so maybe this might change things for me.

I had an awesome time with both of these looks and I’m super happy that Elizabeth asked me back again for the 3rd year in a row. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.


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