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