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We’re moving closer to The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019.   Check out the challenge rules and dates here.  Be sure not to miss the prizes lined up for the challenge!  Today I’m introducing you to the fabulous team of ladies who will be joining me here on Elizabeth Made This and on YouTube February 18th-24th for 2019 The Day and Night Dress Challenge blogapalooza.  It’s a crew of vloggers and blog and all of them have different perspectives that’ll bring a fresh voice to this challenge.  Without further ado, let’s meet the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge bloggers & vloggers.

Meet the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge bloggers & vloggers

Elizabeth– Elizabeth Made This

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Hey it’s me. Sew something creative is my credo and DIY is deep in my blood. I’ve never met a bottle of fabric dye I wouldn’t use, pattern-hacking brings me joy, and pushing the envelope in refashioning is what I am always striving to do!

Alethia– Sew Much Talent

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Alethia is our fearless leader in the Facebook group Sew Much Talent. She’s always teaching, always mentoring, always encouraging others to sew beautifully, no matter where they’re starting from. She regularly does work for The Lydia Project, which is a charity helping women cope with cancer.

Tonya–Sew So Petite

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Tonya is a petite sewist who’s always stitching up classic style with a twist.  Don’t miss her previous Day and Night Dress Challenge makes. Her sleek cocktail dress from last year is a great representation of her elegant style!

Anita–Anita By Design

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Anita of Anita by Design hardly needs an introduction, and I’m positively thrilled that she’ll be joining us here as a blogger for the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge. No doubt her chic style and her Sewing with a Plan will be guiding much of her projects for the challenge!

Linda–Elle Gee Makes 

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 Linda’s blog, is always chock full of the coolest projects.  She always does such a remarkable job recreating designer looks that jive with her Oregon weather.

Laquana– Made by Laquana 

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Laquana is another fellow admin in Sew Much Talent, and I’ve loved watching her craft grow.  She’s positively fearless behind a sewing machine!  Her Same Fit Done Thick series, where she looks at ready to wear and then adapts the styles and patterns to fit her–a must see for the curvy sewist or those looking to adapt patterns. 

Maria–Velosews

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Maria gets the Ultimate Trooper for participating in last year’s challenge while she was recovering from foot surgery. She’s regularly sewing up beautiful colorful garments like this blue jumpsuit with her couture knowledge and generally making Australia a happier place no doubt! 

Akram–Akram’s Ideas 

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Akram‘s vintage style and sweet heart make her such a fun YouTuber to watch. Her recreation of Day and Night Barbie’s style for last year’s challenge was hands down one of the most creative and joyful interpretations I’ve ever seen!

Mesha–Keamesha

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I’m always happy to see Mesha’s garments pop up in Sew Much Talent. Her easy everyday style shines through so well in everything that she makes. I cannot wait to see what she styles up for the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge!

Sue–I Love 2 Sew

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Sue is one of my fellow Fabric Mart Fabricistas.  She always is pattern-hacking up a storm, and making sweet projects for her grandkids like these fun dinosaurs.

Dawn–Duelling Designs 

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Dawn is the brain behind That Sewing Blab.  She and Myra Rentmeester, Dawn is there every Tuesday interviewing some fantastic people in the sewing community. Her cocktail dress from last year’s challenge was truly exquisite.

Nateida–Natural Dane

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Nateida has become a good vlogging friend. She’s been finding her classic style for her and her husband 1 garment at a time. In February she’s running her #BHMPatternDesigners.

Viv–Stitches and Seams

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Viv is another vlogger who’s become a dear friend. She spearheaded Sew Man Pants and she’s been sewing up a whole lotta dresses since last year’s challenge after vowing that she wasn’t a dress girl!

Gillian–Crafting a Rainbow

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I’m so Gillian is joining in for another round of The Day and Night Dress Challenge!  You might know her from the Sewcialists blog in addition to her own blog. I love how she’s been mixing up her signature style lately diving deep into Kibbe body types.

JeTua–Robertswife

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JeTua is another I’m so glad will be joining us again for The Day and Night Dress Challenge. JeTua’s kindness and her elegant yet polished everyday looks are always welcome! This tie-dye dress is way up my alley!

Meg–Cookin’ and Craftin’ 

Meg and her bright fresh style are always a delight, and I’m excited to see how she’ll be pairing her dress for The 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge. I’m excited for her own Twists and Ties Challenge!

Helena–Gray All Day 

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Clothes Making Mavens has always been one of my favorite sewing podcasts, and being able to have one of the faces behind that, Helena here again for the 2019 Day and Night Dress challenge will be too cool. Her laid back style of her cocktail dress for last year’s challenge was one of my favorites! I’m expecting big things from Helena as her jackets are awesome!!!!

Renata–The Twilight Stitcher

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I’m serious looking forward to seeing Renata’s accompanying pieces for the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge. The Twilight Stitcher herself, and the originator of The Little Red Dress Project is an ace when it comes to styling her handmade garments!

Myra–Myra Lorraine 

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Myra‘s easy casual style will no doubt bring a different twist to the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge. Besides being one of the most encouraging voices in the sewing world, she is co-hosting the #BHMPatternDesigners with Natural Dane.

Karina–Lifting Pins and Needles 

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We missed out on having Karina of Lifting Pins and Needles last year with a move to a new country! I’m looking forward to seeing her creative, expert drafting and alteration skills come into play in the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge ans they did here on this asymmetric dress.

Eli–Cat in a Wardrobe 

Eli of Cat in a Wardrobe will be bringing her effortless style and beautifully tailored garment making skills to the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge. If she does anything close to as cool as this dip dyed dress, it’s going to be great!

Alex–Sewrendipity 

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New to the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge but not at all to the sewing world, Alex of Sewrendipity has been bringing high fashion into her sustainable wardrobe. I loved watching her on The Great British Sewing Bee, and her Fabric Shops directory is a must see for traveling sewists!

Claire–Penguin and Pear

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Claire is a new to me vlogger, but I’ve been instantly charmed by her humor and her grit. She’s created her own challenge called 12 Patterns Plus which is an inclusive size challenge for all of 2019.

Lori–Girls in the Garden

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Lori joining in the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge feels a bit full circle for me. She hosted a wardrobe challenge many many years ago, and her casual style coupled with expert sewing knowledge has inspired so many! Her podcast Sew Forth Now was the very first podcast I ever listened to!

How excited are you about  this crew?!!!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE 2019?

  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:     
Picture of  logo for the 2019 Day and Night Dress Challenge
Post me!!!!!!
collage of logos for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 sponsors

When I was looking for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 Sponsors, I really wanted to partner with some people that really reflect the spirit of this year’s challenge. There’s some old friends from previous challenges, and I’m really excited to share some new faces among our amazing sponsor list today. So let’s look at what’s up for grabs!

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 Sponsors

All of the prizes will be for participants in the community challenge which is running all the way until March 17th. You have until then to post a picture of each your day and night looks to Instagram tagging me @elizabethmadethis with the hashtag#dayandnightdresschallenge. After that, all winners will be chosen randomly for prizes.

To create your day and night looks, pair a dress you already have with 2 new garments or accessories that you will sew. Anything is game here, and I can’t wait to see people’s creativity come alive with this new spin! Make sure you check out the official challenge post for all of the details of the challenge!

Anita by Design

Anita by Design logo for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 sponsors

The lovely Anita of Anita by Design is generously sponsoring a $50 gift card to LA Finch Fabrics for one winner.

I so wanted Anita to be a part of this challenge this year not only because she’s one of the kindest people out there, but also because we’re thinking a lot of the same thoughts about our wardrobes lately. Do not miss her Sewing With a Plan series!

Fabric Mart

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I’m glad to welcome Fabric Mart, a longtime supporter of the challenge among The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 sponsors! This year, Fabric Mart will be offering 1 Julie’s Picks Membership.

Since the goal of this year’s Day and Night Dress Challenge is to help you create a flexible wardrobe, a Julie’s Picks Membership can be a huge help. Every month, Fabric Mart sends a swatch booklet with helpful sewing hints and pattern suggestions. It’s not always easy to shop for fabric online! Swatches can really help you look at the projects you already have and shop for new fabric without wondering will this actually match?

My Daily Threadz

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Shari of My Daily Threadz is offering 1 of her multicultural sewing planners to one winner. The artwork in these planners is just beautiful and she’s done such a remarkable job of putting together a planner that’ll help you organize all your thoughts about your sewing projects and life in general!

Sew Plan It planner cover from My Daily Threadz
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Athina Kakou

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Athina Kakou, the brain behind Athina Kakou Patterns and last year’s SMYLY challenge is offering 1 copy of her Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe E-book. I love her mission she has in this book to help you, “
curate your current wardrobe, [and] also offer you all the tips and tricks to fill it with clothes that you will actually love to wear everyday “. What more could you want?!

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Style Sew Me

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Eryn of Style Sew Me is offering 1 copy of her Madison Cardigan + Style Book for one winner. If you’ve never seen how expertly Eryn styles all of her patterns and outfits, go treat yo’self to her fantastic blog and learn from a master!

Madison Cardigan line drawing and modeled photo from Style Sew Me
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Seamwork Patterns

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Seamwork Patterns is offering 1 pattern to 5 winners. Winners can choose any pattern from Seamwork OR Colette’s impressive library of patterns. I’ve always loved how Seamwork and Colette do such a great job of focusing on helping people build a wearable wardrobe. Seamwork’s Design Your Wardrobe series and in the past Colette’s Wardrobe Architect both dive deep into thinking about how you go about planning. Definitely a good read!

Fabric Magpie is also offering a £25 voucher to their shop to 1 winner. Boz always does such a great job of curating beautiful fabrics to make memorable garments. Kids are welcome to participate in this year’s challenge too! I know my daughter would be all over a dress in this hot air balloon print!

Emmaline Bags

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Emmaline Bags is offering a $25CAD gift card to their shop to 1 winner. One of the things that I’m most excited about this year’s challenge is being able to encourage sewists who like not just garment sewing, and I can think of nothing cuter to go with your chosen dress than one of Emmaline Bags’ Necessary Clutch Wallets! I love how they have hardware kits like this one to go with their patterns.

Clover Convertible Bag from Emmaline Bags

Sew Sweetness

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Speaking of awesome bag patterns, Sew Sweetness is offering 1 $80 gift certificate to their shop for 1 winner.

If you don’t know, Sew Sweetness is another great name out their making bag patterns that yield professional looking results. If you’re a bag maker, you will never be at a loss trying to find a cool bag for any occasion from Sew Sweetness. I think an Appaloosa would be a great addition to your dress!

Appaloosa bag pattern from Sew Sweetness
Appaloosa bag pattern from Sew Sweetness

Patternreview

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Patternreview is offering a $50 gift card to their shop to 1 winner. If you’re looking for advice on any given pattern, Patternreview is the place to be. Plus, their contests are constantly pushing sewists to grow in their skills and have fun together! I know Wardrobe Sudoku forever changed how I look at my own closet!

Wardrobe Sudoku grid for Patternreview's Wardrobe Sudoku contest
My Wardrobe Sudoku grid

Minerva Crafts

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Minerva Crafts is offering a £100 Fabric Hamper to 1 winner for the challenge. I’m so glad to have Minerva Crafts as a part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 sponsors. They have some truly beautiful fabrics that aren’t always easy to get in the US, and their international shipping is crazy reasonable! Here’s a peek from my project I have coming up for their Blogger Network at the end of the month:

scalloped embroidered denim collar
adventures in self drafting!

Sewalicious

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Sewalicious is offering a £30 gift card to their shop for 1 winner of The Day and Night Dress Challenge. If you can’t tell from their logo or their whimsical graphics alone, Sewalicious is one of the most fun shops I’ve seen out there offering modern fabrics and accessories to sewists. I love their cactus pincushion kit and their line of sewist themed jewelry by Jazzy Menagerie. This measuring tape necklace is one of my favorites that I wear!

measuring tape necklace from Sewalicious

DG Patterns

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Last but certainly not least, DG Patterns is offering a $50 coupon code to 1 winner for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019.

DG Patterns always has such fresh pattern ideas and so many of them can easily make up a truly flexible wardrobe. I’d love to see the Soledad dress + the Leslie Cardigan as a combo! 

So those are all the prizes that are up from The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 sponsors. A giant thanks to all of the amazing people who are donating their fabulous products for the sewing community here!

I cannot wait to give these out!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE 2019?

  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:     
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 logo

It may sound daunting to start thinking about your sewing projects in terms of building a flexible wardrobe. I mean you already have to think about good construction, right fabric choice, pattern alterations, fitting and the list goes on. And yet, I know how many of us (hand raised here!) have gotten to the end of a challenge only to have yet another garment that you’re not going to wear. My dear hope is that by the end of The Day and Night Dress Challenge, you would walk into your closet and be able to see, ok, this dress goes with this and this and this too. So let’s break down how you can start building a flexible wardrobe.

Sew a flexible wardrobe

What is a flexible wardrobe?

flexible wardrobe example of a knit dress styled with a chenille motorcycle vest for winter
knit dress + motorcycle vest + tea=my life!

A flexible wardrobe could mean a lot of things to you. It could mean that you have some pieces that you can wear year-round. Maybe it means that you can mix and match everything that you own. Ultimately, in a flexible wardrobe, you have some pieces that you can match with at least one and as many other items as you can. But this doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring. You won’t hear me telling you to get rid of your whole closet or be done with sewing your own clothes when you have 7 interchangeable pieces.

Start with a dress

flexible wardrobe in play with Sew Over It Lulu dress styled with cowl scarf
Sew Over It Lulu dress with cowl sweater and Converse because…Momming

Today we’re going to start with thinking about 1 type of garment–a dress and how it is that you might pair that garment with other garments. This will help you start thinking about creating your day and night looks for The Day and Night Dress Challenge, but beyond that, I hope it’ll give you a framework for evaluating future sewing projects you might have in mind.

So here are 5 things to think about with dresses when you’re thinking about sewing a flexible wardrobe:

1. Think about your life

What sorts of hats do you wear in your life? Are you a teacher, a Mom, a business person, do you like looking super sharp or are you pro casual all the time?

Give a name to all the styles that make up how you dress in your day. For me, my typical week is a whole lot of Mom Style, Teacher Style, and periodically Church Style. Some others might be Work Style, Going Out Style, Weekend Style. Write down all of your style categories your everyday life fits into.

You could even have subcategories within your style groups: I know my own Soccer Mom Style requires a whole different look than my regular Mom Style and particularly depending on what time of year it is. Which leads me to point 2.

woman wearing orchid sweater dress styled with purple hoodie
A hoodie + a sweater dress is perfect for battling Colorado wind, morning cold and bad hair on soccer Saturdays!

2. Think about the weather

Maybe you live in a climate with really consistent weather. Oh you tropical island people! Probably wherever you live, there’s at least some unpredictability with the weather. Here in Colorado, it’s not uncommon to have a snow day followed by a really mild day or a whole lot of wind on what otherwise would be a pleasant day. How I wear a dress in winter is going to be totally different than how someone in a full-on Canadian winter handles it.

A flexible wardrobe considers the weather.  Here a boiled wool coat is paired with leggings and sneakers which is not nearly warm enough for a 40 degree day.
You chose…poorly with the sneakers on this 40 degree day. The scarf did save me though!

Write down any kind of weather challenge. Brainstorm any kind of solution that might help you with that challenge. And then write down garments or accessories that will smack help deal with that.

Here’s a couple examples:

Weather challengepossible solutiongarments/accessories to pair with your dress
fickle Winterlayering on top, under dressesjackets, sweaters, fingerless gloves, scarves, detachable cowls, coats, ALL.THE.LEGGINGS
burning hot sunsleeveless airy dresses, but also, light layers in breathable fabrics to avoid sunburnlinen overshirt, cotton short sleeve bolero

3. Think about your work and hobbies

A flexible wardrobe requires mixing pieces that work for your hobbies. 
 Woman playing violin while wearing orchid sweater dress styled with printed rayon t-shirt
You’ll literally never see me wearing woven tops while playing violin.

Do you have any physical needs in your wardrobe during the day? I know when I was in a classroom, wearing pencil skirts was mighty impractical being up and down and sitting on my knees on the floor for much of the day. In my violin life, knit shirts and dresses keep my upper body free to move while I play.

And most jobs have some sort of norm for how you need to be dressing.

So next, write down any specific ways that your job or anything else you do might affect your wardrobe choices.

4. Color is Queen

Not all colors go with all colors. Putting colors and mixing prints is a skill that takes time to develop. A black dress does NOT go with everything. You know this instinctively, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with color. Here are some good basic categories and qualities of color that work well together. It’s good not to mix categories. To give you an example, a muted red is going to look weird with a bright fuschia, but it’ll look great with a grey.

  1. Muted: colors with grey added to them
  2. Pastels or tints: pure colors with white added to them
  3. Analagous: colors next to each other on the color wheel
  4. Monochromatic: various shades of the same color
  5. Jewel Tones: pure saturated colors–think Crayola bright in all their full glory

Color is the most visual and maybe the most interactive component in a flexible wardrobe. I don’t want you to write anything down here yet. You need to look with your eyes! Nancy Zieman said this really profound thing once on a Sewing With Nancy episode:

“Make visual decisions visually”

Nancy Zieman

First take your dress, and put it against a neutral background–a white board, a wood floor–whatever you have. If you have a dress form, use it!

Place different colors next to it and take note of any that just make it sing. You could use swatches of fabric, actual yardage of fabric, or anything with color like paint chips from the hardware store. Which ones make an impact? Are there any that you want to throw across the room they’re so wrong? I like all of the above for different reasons, but the organza has my heart and imagination.

Now, write down those happy making colors.

If you were using fabric, set aside the winning fabrics. You can even cut a little swatch of the fabric and staple it to a project page if you have a sewing planner.

5. Find a sewing pattern that brings it all together

So far, you know what dress you’re going to pair with a new garment. You’ve thought about your lifestyle needs you have in your wardrobe, the weather challenges you face, and what colors make that dress jump for joy. Your last step in sewing up a flexible wardrobe is to find a pattern that will bring all these elements together. Brainstorm all your ideas for any possible sewing patterns.

If you can’t find a pattern straight off the top of your head, it’s okay to write down an idea for the perfect pattern. You can easily go searching for something like a “cocoon cardigan pattern” or “cropped sweater pattern” later!

Create your own flexible style by combining your favorite garments.  Purple faux leather jacket + printed rayon tee shirt + sweater dress
Who knew this jacket would become probably my favorite outside of this denim jacket?

My faux leather jacket is a good example of ticking all the boxes. I can’t violin in it, but it keeps me warm in fall and spring, I can pair it with most dresses and I feel darn cool in it. Originally it was for cosplay, but it’s easily become a staple in building my own flexible wardrobe.

Keep experimenting!

Wardrobes are things that are ever changing. We grow bigger, we grow smaller, clothes wear out, get dated. As sewists we hold ALL of the style cards, and the more we can think about making pieces that work in harmony with each other, the more of a flexible wardrobe we will create.

flexible wardrobe example with one dress styled 3 ways
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It’s BACK!!! I’m happy to announce The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 today! I’ve been so glad to host this event for the greater sewing community online, and I’m looking forward to seeing what will come of it this year! Let’s jump into what this challenge is all about this year!

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019

Your official graphic for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019

Every year, I have two goals for The Day and Night Dress Challenge: #1 make it bigger and better. I’ve met so many people through this challenge, and I so love and get excited about seeing how everyone takes the same idea and takes it a totally different direction. So why not have more people be a part of that?!

My #2 goal with The Day and Night Dress Challenge is to make it different each year. If it’s a challenge for other people to participate, it should be a challenge personally for me to try and figure out how to shake things up. And boy howdy, I’m putting this challenge in the blender this year. So what’s going on with The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019?

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019: The theme!

So last year, I had the theme of Coffee and Cocktails in about 5 minutes. This year, I was literally drawing the graphic before the subtitle came to me. Which is….

1 Dress 2 Looks

The theme of The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 is 1 Dress, 2 Looks. I know what you’re thinking. This is the Day and Night DRESS Challenge and we’re not making dresses? Nope. Read on friend!

Here’s the thing. I just bet that you have a dress hanging out in your closet that’s not getting a lot of wear. Maybe you wore it once for a wedding and then it got buried under last season’s t-shirts. Perhaps you’ve always liked it but couldn’t figure out how to wear it. Maybe you love it, but it’s only appropriate for about 2 seconds of the year before your weather turns on you.

Whatever the case, that dress needs some help. Some styling help.

Be your own stylist with The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019

So let’s take that dress that you aren’t wearing. The challenge for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 is to pair that neglected dress with either another garment or an accessory to give you your day and night looks that have always been a part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge.

Step 1: Find your dress

Say you have a sleeveless dress. It’s winter here in the US. As I write this it’s about 20 degrees outside. How can you make that dress like this blockprint linen dress make it into cooler months?

sleeveless blockprint dress
Favorite linen sleeveless blockprint dress

Step 2: Create your day look

Per tradition for The Day and Night Dress Challenge, you must create 2 different looks. The “day look” is how you might wear your dress in real life. How is this dress going to hang out with a friend? What will this dress look like if you’re going to the grocery store or to work?

Sew Over It Lulu dress
Sew Over It Lulu dress with cowl sweater–add those layers!!!

For a day look, you can pair that sleeveless dress with a wool jersey t-shirt underneath the dress. A coat could work, so could a sweater or cardigan. If you wanted to go the accessory route instead, you could make a scarf or a hat. And if you have a dress that’s plenty warm thank you very much, you could make a handbag. There’s many ways to play here whether you want to take on a big giant project like a tailored coat or something you could make in about 30 minutes like a scarf.

So what about your “night look”?

Step 3: Create your night look

So your “night look” for the Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 needs to incorporate your dress with a different extra garment or accessory to that you and your dress could go out to a nice night out. You can go as fancy as you want here (wedding, opera, cocktail party whatever), but it need not be the case. If a nice dinner out is you and your husband getting a quiet dinner without the kids, your dress can come along for the ride!

lace dress
My night look for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

Let’s use an example. Here’s my cocktail dress from last year’s Day and Night Dress Challenge. I love this lace and the coral slip underneath definitely puts it into dinner out category. My hubby and I even got out for sushi last year for my birthday in it:

For this dress, I’d love to add a long trench coat. The lace is a bit too nice to cover up entirely, but a trench coat gives you some options for still creating a cohesive ensemble. I love this blue trench with this funky dress.

Maybe you live in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s currently summer. Maybe your night look then just needs a quick little sequin bolero. This challenge has always been about making clothes work for you and your lifestyle. So here’s the official rules:

Official rules for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019


AS BEFORE, 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 challenge:

Take a handmade dress you haven’t worn in a while and create 2 looks:

  • Day look: Pair your chosen dress with 1 extra item (jacket, coat, hat, scarf, handbag etc) to create an ensemble for your regular everyday life.
  • Night look: Pair your chosen dress with 1 extra item (jacket, coat, hat, scarf, handbag, etc) for a combination that you might wear to a nice night out to dinner or anywhere else that’s a little more classy.

Things to note to be counted as an official entry:

  • Your extra items must be something that you’ve made from now until March 17th when the community challenge ends.
  • Post a picture of your day look and your night look to Instagram between now and March 17th. If you’re shy, you can totally post a pic of your dress form donning your looks!
  • When you post your looks, tag me on Instagram @elizabethmadethis with the hashtag #dayandnightdresschallenge to be entered for a prize.
  • Prizes will be drawn randomly from the pool of entrants after March 17th.

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2019 schedule:

  • The blogger/vlogger post-a-palooza will take place from Monday, February 18-Sunday February 24th right here on Elizabeth Made This.
  • The community challenge runs from January 3rd-March 17th. See above rules for entry.

STAY TUNED HERE AS I’LL BE SHARING LOTS ABOUT THE CHALLENGE INCLUDING INSPIRATION POSTS, POSTS ABOUT THE BLOGGING/VLOGGING CREW, ABOUT OUR AWESOME SPONSORS AND THE PRIZES THEY’RE SHARING!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE 2019?

  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:     
Post me!!!!!!

Sew Saturday Snippets #10

It’s time for Sew Saturday Snippets #11!  This series is all about highlighting cool makes, sewing community challenges, contests, and sewing videos.  Check out all the previous Snippets in the navigation bar above or here!  If you’re interested in being featured on an upcoming edition of Sew Saturday Snippets, please email me at elizabethmadethis@gmail.com.

There’s two days left to submit your pictures for the #dayandnightdresschallenge, so today’s Sew Saturday Snippets is all about sharing some of the wonderful entries that have popped up on Instagram.  If you’re sewing here at the last minute, let this fuel your creativity!

Sew Saturday Snippets #11

Must-see Makes

#dayandnightdresschallenge community participants

Wow, after a jam-packed week, we’ve reached the end of the vlogger/blogger part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Perhaps I need a big cup of fancy tea to celebrate/be a little sad.  But before we go, be sure to catch these videos from these lovely SewTubers!  This is your daily vlogs #5.

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Daily vlogs #5

Renata of Runningnstyle chats about her dresses.  There’s sass and tropical fun + working under pressure.


Speaking of working gracefully under pressure, Doja of Elewa shows off her dresses inspired by Black Panther.  Read about her process for creating her dresses here.


Myra of Myra Lorraine makes two absolutely stunning dresses.  Best. blue. ever.


The blogger and vlogger part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge may have ended, but there’s still time to be a part of this challenge! 

WANT TO JOIN IN THE FUN YOURSELF?

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

I’m grateful to call Renata of Runningnstyle a friend, and we’ve had a lot of good conversation this year leading up to her dresses for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Both of these dresses are such a lovely reflection of her and I hope you enjoy them!  Welcome Renata!

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Runningnstyle

Wow! where did the month go? Thanks Elizabeth for inviting me to take part in this fantastic challenge. I am humbled to be named among so many talented bloggers/ vloggers for a second year! It is with great pleasure I bring my coffee & cocktail dresses to you. BurdaStyle ended up stealing the show. I had plans to use my gifted fabric for one Burda Dress and the other for an Inspired dress using another brand as the foundation for the design. In this post you will see what I had originally planned to sew. Well faith had it’s own plan, my inspired dress went out the door and made room for another great dress. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first up the Day Dress.

I’m so glad to have the last of my fellow admin crew from Sew Much Talent here today sharing her dresses for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Welcome Tisa of Simply T Fashions!

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Simply T Fashions

Hello…My name is Tisa and I blog over at simplytfashions.com

This is my first time joining Elizabeth at the day/night-dress challenge and I was honored when she asked me to join.  As I accepted the challenge I immediately started thinking about what looks I wanted to create.  I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I do love me some tea. (The tea you drink that is…lol). So with that I knew I wanted a cute little off the shoulder dress. Why off the shoulder you ask…..Ii don’t know I just love showing  my shoulders.  So with that here’s what I decided……

Every time I read a post from Eli of Cat in a Wardrobe, I feel like I’m just amazed by the beauty of Japan and how each of her fantastic garments reflect the depth of that beauty.  I’m so honored that she decided to participate in this year’s round of The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Welcome Eli! 

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Cat in a Wardrobe


Hi, friends! I’m Eli cat from Cat in a wardrobe. I would love to show my dresses to you for “Day and Night
Dress Challenge”. Both dress patterns are designed by Blank Slate Patterns.

I’m glad to welcome Judith of Judith Dee’s World to show off her beautiful dresses today for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  I’m so glad that Judith decided to join in, especially in the midst of her wedding planning!  Thank you Judith!

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Judith Dee’s World

I’m excited to take part in the #dayandnightdresschallenge for a second year. I had a lot of fun creating my looks last year and this year is no different.  I was very pleased to hear this year’s theme for the now annual day and night dress challenge: Coffee and Cocktails.

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