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Hey all!  Welcome to day 2 of the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour!  Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to the projects of Maria of How Good is That and Tonya of Sew So Petite.

How Good is That

Maria was quite prolific in her makes for this challenge!  She made up two different sets of day and night looks!  The sleeves on her Victory Pattern’s Nicola dresses look so different in the bright floral print vs. the black fabric.  They’re both elegant in their own unique way.  She also set herself a big challenge in engineering a bra to wear with these one shoulder dresses made with Burda 7225.  It’s quite the feat, and she explains her process for it well.

Read all about Maria’s day and night looks here.

Sew So Petite

Tonya writes, “My day dress is Burda 6910. The fabric is pink, white and black rayon jersey. My night dress is Burda 6865. My fabric is Crepe back satin.”

Read all about Tonya’s day and night looks here.

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Keep reading with the Day and Night Dress Challenge Blog Tour Schedule:

Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones

Monday, Jan 9th:  Maria of How Good is That?,  Tonya of Sew So Petite

Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling

Wednesday, Jan 11th:  Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine

Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor

Friday, Jan 13th:  Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte

Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

Don’t forget to enter your day and night looks into the community challenge for a chance to win prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

You can enter your projects here.  Only projects that are entered through the linkup will be eligible for voting.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting will be available on the entry page from January 29th-February 4th.  After all of the sponsors have been notified, the winners will be announced.

Hey all!  Welcome to day 1 of the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour!  There’s lots of great projects in store this week coming your way.  Today, to start things off, catch the projects of Elizabeth Made This and Brittany J Jones.

Elizabeth Made This

I (Elizabeth) made up this version of Patternreview’s Winter Street Dress in this sunny Art Gallery Fabrics knit.  Check out those zippered flounces in the sleeves!  My night look is a combo of a basic black version of Jalie’s Bella dress with a vintage Vogue bolero in black lace.  To finish it off, I added an overlay skirt in lace with some added velvet ribbon.

Read all about Elizabeth’s day and night looks here.

Brittany J Jones

“For my Day Look I chose McCalls 6884 View B Wrap Dress. I used a Floral Liverpool Knit from LaFinch Fabrics. For my Night Look, I used New Look 6370 View C bodice, and changed from a gather skirt to a pleated one. I used a Black Peach skin for the black underneath, and the lace is from Fabric Mart.”

Read all about Brittany’s Day and Night looks here.

Keep reading with the Day and Night Dress Challenge Blog Tour Schedule:

Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones

Monday, Jan 9th:  Maria of How Good is That?,  Tonya of Sew So Petite

Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling

Wednesday, Jan 11th:  Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine

Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor

Friday, Jan 13th:  Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte

Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

Don’t forget to enter your day and night looks into the community challenge for a chance to win prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

You can enter your projects here.  Only projects that are entered through the linkup will be eligible for voting.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting will be available on the entry page from January 29th-February 4th.  After all of the sponsors have been notified, the winners will be announced.

So today is the first day of the Day and Night Dress Challenge.  You may start linking up your projects here between today, January 8th and the 28th.  To kick things off, I’m posting my projects.  I made a video even with an intro!  And I found MusOpen to add a little music to the video, which means, I’m totally spending way more time than necessary listening to obscure classical works.  Oh, my happy nerd heart.

Day and Night Dress Challenge: Elizabeth Made This

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Day look

I love day dresses!  If I’m not in jeans, I’m wearing a dress, and probably it’s a knit dress.  I love how easy it is to don a dress, throw on a few accessories, a great pair of boots and be done.

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Fabric

For this project, I had a piece of Art Gallery fabric that I bought from Hawthorne Threads.  I’ve been wanting to try out Art Gallery knits for some time, and this fabric did not disappoint.  The cotton/spandex knit is very soft with vibrant color.  It also has more recovery than a lot of cotton spandex knits.  For those of you that struggle with wavy hems on cotton knits, this fabric will not do this.  The only thing that was tricky about it is that the edges curl up.  After you add fusible interfacing to the hem, the curling stops, and it’s very easy to get a crisp hem on this fabric.

Patternreview Winter Street Dress

I had such a great time with Patternreview’s Lillian dress, that I wanted to try out the Winter Street Dress for my day look.  I like the sleeve flounces which are super trendy at the moment, and I realized that I have no current knit dress patterns with a bodice and a skirt.  All of my knit dress patterns right now have no waist seam.  How does that happen?

I graded down the neck and shoulders 1 size to fit.  I’m slowly learning that it’s not difficult to grade patterns.  I’ve done it for years on my Burda patterns, but I’ve been hesitant to do so with PDF patterns for no particular reason.  I think I’ve been overly worried that I would have to start from square 1 with fitting.  Not so!  I compared the dress to others that I’ve made, and I altered it in short order.

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I made a small addition of pockets in the skirt that I bound with foldover elastic.  The bulk of the pockets forced me to move the pleats closer to CF.

As much as I love the sleeve flounces, I like to push up my sleeves when I’m eating and cooking.  Otherwise, I’m definitely the girl who dips her arm in ketchup.  I wanted a sleeve with a flounce that could be full or not so full.  My solution? Zippers!dress challenge

A zippered flounce

To create the zippered flounces on the sleeves, I decided how much I wanted the sleeve to close.  After marking that, I sewed the zipper tape to the flounces in an inverted V.  The seam is then closed up behind the zipper.  The zippers function as a dart.  When the zipper is open, the flounce is at its fullest.  When the zipper is closed up, the excess fullness is gathered beneath the zipper.

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I really like the variability that the zipper offers, and they add a nice decorative touch.  Speaking of decorative touches, I added some more with embroidery.

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Doodle stitching

If you follow Jen Hewett on Instagram, you know that she sometimes adds embroidery to her beautiful blockprints.  She calls these #warmupstitches, and I love the dimension that the embroidery adds to print.  It reminds me of adding shading with pen and ink drawings.  It’s a different way to look at coloring; you’re just using thread and a needle vs. markers or pencils.

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For my embroidery, I used a marker to block off areas on the fronts and backs where a side princess seam might be.  Next, I extended the lines of the faux princess seams down into the pocket areas.  Within the boundaries of this, I alternated between broken stitched wheels and full wheels.  There’s lots of other possibilities for stitching inside of a circle, but I kept things simple since I had already created a focal point with the sleeves.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this dress, and I can’t wait to put it to work in my wardrobe.

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Night look

For all of the fun and joy in my day look, my night dress is rather austere.  I’ve needed to have a plain black dress for performing with my violin for some time.  Because my dress is plain, I decided to add two pieces in an overlay skirt and a bolero jacket.  I knew I wanted to use a knit for this dress and a full skirt.  Knit fabrics allow for freedom of movement in my upper back that’s really necessary to avoid pain while playing and rehearsing for long periods of time.

Fabric

I chose a lightweight poly sweater knit that I bought with my Fabric Mart winnings for the dress.  When talking about the contest, Julie generously offered to send me some fabric.  This abstract dots lace immediately popped out for me.  Lace is about my favorite fabric to work with, so I did not hesitate at the chance to add some to this project.  The lace is the perfect fabric for the little overlay skirt and the bolero.

Jalie Bella dress

Jalie’s Bella dress is a great choice for a concert dress.  I love the elegant lines of this pattern, and the flared skirt is precisely what I need for playing.  Full skirts allow for comfort since violinists often have to sit in a less than ladylike manner while playing.  This helps give your body a wide base of support for playing for long periods of time.  People don’t really realize that being a musician is to be in a way an endurance athlete, and we have to do everything to avoid pain and injury so that we can keep going.  I’ve played in everything from pants to really narrow pencil silhouettes, and I really prefer wide skirts.  Narrow skirts leave you crossing your ankles leading to lower back pain after 3 hours of playing in the same position.  Ask me how I know.

I went with a cap sleeve.  I thought about a long sleeve, but I figured a shorter sleeve would make for a 4 seasons dress.  When I’m wearing this in colder months, then I will add a cardigan, or possibly the bolero.

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I kept the length of the dress long, but next time I will shorten it more than the 3/4″ I already took off at the hem.  The upper back on the pattern dips quite low.  I raised it enough to make sure I wouldn’t have to fiddle with it while playing (ha!), but enough to still keep the idea of the scoop neck.

Leotard lining

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This pattern comes with an optional leotard lining that you attach in the armholes.  This is totally a bonus pattern.  My knit really needed some kind of a lining, but a full lining would be too heavy on such a full skirt.  The leotard adds the right amount of opacity with minimal bulk.  I will definitely be using the leotard for a stand-alone bodysuit that I can wear with skirts.

One thing I learned about my body while making the leotard is that I need to lengthen the torso slightly.  At 5’2.5″, you wouldn’t think that I’d need length anywhere, but I am definitely relying on the stretch of the knit to get all the way around me to attach the snaps.  The snaps are Kam snaps.  I have plenty of them leftover from making booties for my daughter.  I’m curious to see how secure they are vs. metal snaps.  The edges of my leg bindings are not as neat as I’d like.  I didn’t have any black picot elastic, so I went for the purple FOE.

The best thing about this dress?  This dress was made for twirling!

Overlay skirt

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My overlay skirt was inspired by this Butterick pattern that I’ve had for a number of years.  I love the look of the full gathered skirt overlay in lace on top the slim wiggle dress, but the bulk would be too much for this project.  The Bella dress, with it’s full skirt would’ve looked ridiculous with a gathered overlay. Perhaps I’ll take this pattern on for real some day.  This time, I took the inspiration of the pattern and opted for a circle skirt as the overlay.

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From my waist to the hem is about 28″ on the dress, so I drafted a 14″ circle skirt.  I cut it out of the lace and then I underlined with vanilla tricot.  I had wanted to back the lace with black, but the dots pattern would not show up against black.  Something about the mesh of the pattern makes it disappear entirely.  Because it’s not backed in black, I don’t know that I’ll be able to perform wearing the overlay (or the bolero for that matter).  Concert black is just that, but I think either piece will work elsewhere in my wardrobe.

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I opted for foldover elastic as a waistband because it’s minimal and easy to sew.  A white invisible zipper is a better solution as a black zipper would show through the tricot.  The pull got a pain job with nail polish.  I sincerely hate the pokey parts of invisible zippers, so I sewed a zipper guard from Petersham ribbon behind the zipper.  To finish, a tiny snap holds the waistband together at the top of the waistband.

There’s two rows of black velvet ribbon at the hem that I added for some decoration.  It’s amazing that though this is a wee tiny skirt, it took the better part of 4 yards of ribbon to go around the skirt twice!

Vintage bolero

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The bolero pattern is a 1953 Vogue pattern.  I bought it years ago when Gertie was working her way through all of the Vogue patterns for her blog.  This isn’t the bolero pattern that she used, but it’s from the same era, and it’s very similar.  I’ve avoided it because I wasn’t sure about the size; nay, I avoid all vintage patterns because of just being available in 1 size.

Still, the size 30 bust is not a crazy size for me.  My full bust is 31″, and it’ll go down a bit when I stop nursing in a few months.  After making up a muslin, all I needed to do was reduce the seam allowance at CB to 3/8″.  That extra 1/2″ ensures that the back doesn’t pull.

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This time, I backed the lace with white linen.  It is heavier weight than most linens, making it perfect for a little jacket like this.  The lining is bagged through one of the sleeves for a nice clean finish.

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I really like the vintage feel of this ensemble.  This outfit could easily go full vintage with this look with a pair of black satin gloves and a fascinator of sorts.  Perhaps if I’m not playing in this getup, I’ll go to my next opera performance in it!  I think the drama of this ensemble would go well with Tosca!

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Keep reading with the Day and Night Dress Challenge Blog Tour Schedule:

Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones

Monday, Jan 9th:  Maria of How Good is That?,  Tonya of Sew So Petite

Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling

Wednesday, Jan 11th:  Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine

Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor

Friday, Jan 13th:  Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte

Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

Don’t forget to enter your day and night looks into the community challenge for a chance to win prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

You can enter your projects here.  Only projects that are entered through the linkup will be eligible for voting.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting will be available on the entry page from January 29th-February 4th.  After all of the sponsors have been notified, the winners will be announced.

So you’ve read the rules for the Day and Night Dress Challenge and seen all of the great sponsors.  You’ve sewn up a fabulous night look and a fresh, fun day look for yourself.  Now it’s time for you to enter to win the prizes!

All you need to do is add a picture from your blog, computer, another site, or your Instagram account at the bottom of this page.  Click on the little blue “Add your link” button.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting

Voting will be available on this page from January 29th-February 4th.  After I’ve notified all of the sponsors, the winners will be announced.

Prizes

To refresh your memory:

The 1st place winner will receive:

The 2nd place winner will receive:

The random drawing winner will receive:

How do I use the linkup?

If you’re unsure on how to add a picture for the linkup, you can watch this helpful video from InLinkz.

There is one change from the video.  You now have the option to add a link through your Instagram account (it’s Flickr on the video.  If you’d like to use a Flickr account to link your picture, just use the Image URL option).  If you don’t have a blog or any other social media, you can always upload a picture from your computer.  Easy as pie!  Make sure that you link to the specific post.  If you’re using Instagram, make sure your link sends you to the actual dress you’d like seen, not your Instagram homepage.

You’ll need 2 pictures for the linkup.

Please post 1 picture of your day dress and post another picture of your night dress.  You will need 2 pictures in the linkup.There’s not a prize for the day look and a prize for the night look. What I will do is average the votes for your day looks with the votes for your night looks. The first and second prize winner will have the highest averages. Don’t forget that there’s a random prize winner as well.

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:
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The start of The Day and Night Dress Challenge is less than a week away, and all of the blogging team has been hard at work on their day and night looks.  Today, here’s a Day and Night Dress Challenge sneak peek of everyone’s work.  Let’s see what everyone has been up to:

Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin‘:

Tanya of Mrs. Hughes writes,”I’m using this black Anna Sui lace to make B6415 (view C) with black bridal satin. As I never wear black, it was difficult not to pair this lace with a color…. For my day dress, I’m making the Turner dress in a charcoal floral double knit which is on its way to me.”

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Tee of Maggie Elaine writes: “Here is a sneak peek of my day dress, except I am about to take the back bodice apart to fix it lol”.

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Do you ever have that feeling when you see fabric or a pattern and think, “This looks just like ____ person?” I’m totally seeing that in Je’Tua of Robertswife‘s choice for her night look below.  I love it when that happens!

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Linda of Elle Gee Makes is finishing up this fabulous day dress.  All I can say is go, go pocket matching! Image may contain: stripes

Brittany of Brittany J Jones is working with some great lace fabric for her night look.

Melissa of Mahlicadesigns is working on these two dresses by Straight Stitch Designs.  I love the sequin zebra fabric!

Rachel of SewRedy is going full Holly Golightly with her cats!  She writes: “Here are my sneak peeks with accessories. As for the night look, cats are fancy in my eyes.”

Judith of Judith Dee’s World says that she is, “Going back to my first love: Prints!!
Haven’t work with print since end of summer!
Now will go do some pattern modifications for my second dress!”

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Bianca of Thanks I Made Them will no doubt be an elegant lady in this silver sparkle black gown.

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Tonya of So Sew Petite has got a good handle on her night look as she finishes up this Burda style pattern.

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Maria of How Good is That is doing a great job showing off the beautiful tulip sleeves of Victory Pattern’s Nicola dress.  I can’t wait for the final look!

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Renata of Runningnstyle has some great ideas going that she shares in her inspiration post, and here is the start of her day dress.

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Daniela of On the Cutting Floor shares, “Hello, here is a sneak peek of my day and night dresses and their inspiration: I wanted to make two V-neck dresses for this challenge, so I chose the night dress inspiration from Rochas pre-fall collection. Mine will be made in ponte de roma. The day dress is inspired by the one Victoria B is using in the picture. The main fabric will be the dark blue jacquard. I have not yet decided on the other colors, though.”

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I adore the neckline of this vintage pattern that Melanie of It’s Melanie Darling is going for in her night look.  Good things are yet to come here!

Doja of Elewa blog is working on a day dress from this gorgeous jacquard.  She has a knack for finding fabric with great texture.  This one is going to be a knockout for sure!

As for me, Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, I’m finishing up some embroidery on the bodice of a Patternreview Winter Street Dress.  I have a sleeve hack planned for this dress that I’m hoping works out.  Until then, doodle stitching it is!

The black lace bolero that I managed to enter into Patternreview’s One Yard Wonder Contest is going to be part of my night look.

How have your dresses been coming?

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project here (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

Today I’m putting together some night look fabric inspiration to go along with some of the dresses from my last fashion inspiration post for the Day and Night Dress Challenge.  The start of the challenge is coming soon, and if you haven’t started sewing yet, here are some great options for you!

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Stylish Fabric has got some great options for your night looks.  Both the silver sequin geometric on black jersey (2866-BLACK-SILVER) and black panne velour (10002-BLACK) would make sleek evening looks.

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Oh the laces at Stylish Fabric.  If I were in their physical store, no doubt you’d find me a year later under a pile of beautiful laces, weighing all of their worth!  All of these could be used as overlays, sleeves, yokes, contrast panels…the possibilities are endless.

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Don’t forget the trim!  This Black Geometric Orbit and Sun Embroidery on Mesh Trim would make a great contrast at the waist.

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Looking for a cozy sweater dress that still looks polished?  How about this wool boucle micro twill?

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Fabric Mart has some great choices for night looks as well.

Want to make a little black dress that will still keep you warm?  Why not go for a nice wool sweater knit like this tuxedo black wool/nylon blend?

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You can recreate the sleek tailored look like the J Crew dress I mentioned in my fashion post with this jet black 100% worsted wool or this Charcoal/Black 100% Wool Houndstooth Flannel Suiting or this 100% wool striped suiting.

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This Halston satin wants to be a party dress!

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I’d be curious to see this textured Black 100% Polyester Shiny Ruffled Woven in a style like this Asos dress.

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How about a structured sheath from this moire suiting?

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I think this poly jacquard chiffon would be such a fun overlay on a dress similar to this J Crew one too!

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I hope I’ve left you with some good ideas for fabric choices!

What fabrics are you pairing with your fashion inspirations for the Day and Night Dress Challenge?

 

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

 

 

 

I hope everyone had a good holiday yesterday, and happy Boxing Day!  The Day and Night Dress Challenge is getting closer to starting!  Hopefully, by now you’ve started thinking about what kinds of dresses you’ll be making for the challenge.  If you haven’t started planning, check out some of the inspiration posts to help guide your creative process!  Today I have some night look fashion inspiration from RTW.

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m in the planning stages of a garment, I often peruse RTW online for ideas.  These days, retailers make it so easy for us.  Who’s guilty of using the zoom features to focus in on a detail that’s eventually made it into one of your makes? *raises hand and waves it emphatically*

There’s a Pinterest board just for this!  Check out my Night dress fashion inspiration board

If you remember from the challenge details, night looks need to be black.  You may add extra pieces or accessories to your looks that can be any color you choose.  So what do you think about when you think of a black dress?  Really, the sky is the limit.  Designers love black!  Since the color is not the focus, other details can come into the spotlight.  Texture, silhouette, hardware, and construction features are some of the ways that designers exercise their creative freedom within the restraints of a black dress.

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Texture

One of the easiest ways to add texture to a little black dress is in your fabric choice.  This sheath dress from The Limited creates a lot of movement with the added fringe.  The flappers of old really understood the power of fringe, no?

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This Versace dress creates texture by adding this lightning bolt out of a contrast sheer mesh.  It’s simple, but incredibly well-executed.

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Playing with light is another way to add texture to a garment.  This Hevre Leger dress does a beautiful job with this.  The added sequins pick up the light to highlight the waist and the shoulders.  It’s almost so subtle that you have to look twice to see it.

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It’s hard to talk about texture in a black dress without thinking about lace.  Because lace is sheer, you can easily create visual texture by what you choose to back it with.  I’ve been slow to accept the cold shoulder trend, but this Willa dress from Anthropologie is a lovely example of a lace cold shoulder.  You can see how the lace physically stands out differently against the model’s skin vs. the black fabric.

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Silhouette

I think most people think of a little black dress and think a slim silhouette like a sheath or a wiggle dress or a similar bodycon style.  But why be limited to narrow silhouettes?  Let’s explore some different shapes.

A-line

There’s something just joyful and ultra girly about a simple A-line dress.  It’s a classic style, and one that most everyone can wear.  I love the texture change on the skirt of this ModCloth dress created with the contrast fabric.

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Asymmetrical

Asymmetrical skirts are everywhere these days.  They create a lot of drama, and they’re a different twist on a fit and flare silhouette.  This one from Solace London is particularly well-executed.

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Caftan

I know tent silhouettes are really popular right now.  They can be difficult to wear! If you go this route, why not use a light floaty fabric to create the volume.  This way, you won’t be drowning in fabric.  This Halston caftan does a great job of it.  Though there’s a lot of fabric here, the sheer chiffon doesn’t overwhelm.  The chiffon also reveals the solid slim-fitting lining, which further balances the volume.

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Hardware

Grommets, zippers and other such metallic things can go a long way in adding visual interest in a simple black dress.  Here’s some of my favorite examples:

Roland Mouret Morland cutout double-faced stretch-knit dress

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HERVÉ LÉGER Karlee off-the-shoulder embellished bandage dress

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Asos Hardware open back maxi dress

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Construction features

This is the anything goes category!  Fairytale sleeves, ribbon shoulders, ruffles, bow shoulders, and scalloped necklines oh, my.

Drea belled dress from Anthropologie

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Gwen Midi dress from Nordstrom

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Ruffle hem dress from J.Crew

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Tibi Off the shoulder embellished crepe mini dress

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Ann Taylor Cutout scalloped dress

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So where are you finding your inspiration for your night looks?

 

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

As we get ready for the Day and Night Dress Challenge, today we’ll look at some pattern inspiration.  Thus far, we’ve daydreamed a little bit in the land of RTW, and checked out some beautiful fabric.  Now it’s time to find the perfect patterns to bring ideas together.

Day look pattern inspiration

Sew House Seven

I love Sew House Seven‘s style!  I made their Mississippi Ave dress, and it’s easily one of my favorite summer dresses.  For this challenge, I think the recently released Toaster Sweater #1 would make a great dress once lengthened.  Sweater dresses are so cozy in winter.

Also, the Tea House Dress (it’s in the prize packages!) is so ladylike and elegant in its styling.  Isn’t the Japanese vibe cool?  Plus Peggy Mead, the designer is a kind and generous person, ready to help and answer questions about the patterns!

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Decades of Style Pattern Company

Decades of Style is stylish indeed.  Tanya of Mrs. Hughes acquainted me with them.  If you’re a vintage sewist looking for high quality patterns with historical details, look no further. For a day dress, the Given a Chance dress is a gold mine for creative fabric choices.  The Dorothy Lara dress would be great too for a great garden party or really anything.  I love seeing how vintage styles are so often dressier even in regular go about your day clothes.  How wonderful to dress like an elegant lady!

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Indiesew does a great job of curating its selection of sewing patterns created by independent designers.  I always find something fun and new there!  The Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress could make for a perfect day dress that you could wear literally anywhere.  I really like the lines of the Ella Skater dress by Pattydoo.  Between the cowl and the swishy skirt in the easy knit fabric, this is for sure an everyday kind of dress.

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On the Cutting Floor: I’m so glad Daniela is part of our blog tour for the Day and Night Dress Challenge.  I’m in awe of how prolific she is as a patternmaker.  She’s offering her Adeline dress to one of the winners.  The notch out of the collar and the details on the sleeves make for one of the most interesting takes on a shirt dress I’ve ever seen.  Lovers of topstitching unite!  Isn’t it fabulous in the denim?

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I think Paprika Patterns is a great choice if you’re looking for a great day look.  In the cold winter, I can think of nothing more fun to wear than a Zircon dress.

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Where’s my tights and boots?  If you caught my post on fabric, this dress would match well with the jacquard knits from Stylish Fabric.

Jalie

I will out myself as a Jalie fangirl.  Some people buy fine chocolates.  I buy Jalie patterns.  With my Cora leggings, 2908 jeans, multiple hacked versions of 2921, sleep bras, and underwear, Jalie is responsible easily for more than half my closet.  Their patterns are that good.  A Bella dress would make a fine day dress in a fun floral or other print, and the versatile 3024 could easily be a day dress or a sassy LBD.

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Pattern Review

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Let’s not forget about the great pattern options over at Patternreview.  Besides having the latest patterns from the Big 4 and so many independent designers, Patternreview has their own patterns.  My recently documented love for the PR Lillian dress should give you some good ideas for day looks you can get from this pattern.

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The Winter Street dress is also a fantastic option for a day look.  You can check out the gallery from the PR Sewing Bee 2 years ago where one of the rounds required contestants to hack the Winter Street into a different style.  Some of the ideas are really incredible.

 

Check out Designer Stitch‘s Jenny dress.  I love the styling of this one.  This is just the kind of dress I would wear every day barring the weather.  Ann’s personal pick for a day look is the Pippa Wrap dress, and who can argue with her?  Diane von Furstenberg has built an empire on the wrap dress!

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What pattern are you planning to use for your day dress in the Day and Night Dress Challenge?

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

As you’re planning your day looks for the Day and Night Dress Challenge, no doubt you’ve been thinking about what kinds of fabrics you’d love to wear.  I’m here today to offer you some ideas to get the wheels turning.  There’s so many good choices out there!  All of the images are linked to their source in case you’re interested in seeing any of them.  Yes, I’m totally enabling you.

Also, I’ve added all of these and a few more to the Day Dress Fashion Inspiration board on my Pinterest.

Day look fabric inspiration

Stylish Fabric

First up, from Stylish Fabric:  This time of year, I’m always looking for fabrics that will sew up into a nice cozy dress that I can pair with my winter boots and tights.  Stylish Fabric carries a big selection lot of heavier jacquard knits would be a great warm dress for this time of year.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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I also love the idea of French terry for colder weather.  Here’s some nice ones:

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For our Australian friends and others who are not experiencing snow this time of year, check out these poly/spandex prints:

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Fabric Mart

Fabric Mart always has such pretty wool knits that would be fantastic day dresses.  Bye bye cold!

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I’d love to see either this corduroy or wool boucle in a jumper style dress for winter.

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Shirtdress anyone?  Check out this polyester woven print from Maggy London.

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This stretch twill is just gorgeous and I think could work for any number of styles:

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Hawthorne Threads

Hawthorne Threads is like a wonderland of amazing prints.  Here are some lawns and voiles that’d be great for shirtdresses or other styles more suited to those of us experiencing summer right now.

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day look fabric inspiration Here are some great knit prints on cotton/spandex that would make a great dress realy for any time of the year:

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I hope I’ve left you with some good day look fabric inspiration to guide your choices for the challenge!

What fabrics are you looking at for your day look dresses?

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

 

The Day and Night Dress Challenge is coming!  To get you ready to flex your own creative muscles for the challenge, I’m going to be posting some inspiration posts.  Up today is some day look fashion inspiration from RTW.

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m in the planning stages of a garment, I often peruse RTW online for ideas.  These days, retailers make it so easy for us.  Who’s guilty of using the zoom features to focus in on a detail that’s eventually made it into one of your makes? *raises hand and waves it emphatically*

I went ahead and made a Pinterest board just for this!  Check out my Day dress fashion inspiration board

When it comes to day dresses, I think there’s a couple of categories you can think of:

  1. Color and print!
  2. Function
  3. Fun

I suppose you could throw “office appropriate” in that list, but that’s not a terribly fun category to consider.  For my purposes, let’s imagine a unicorn-filled place where you can where loud bright colors whenever you want. I always tell my kids that there’s nonsense in every story, so let’s daydream a bit here.

 

Day look fashion inspiration

Color and print

Think bold, visual texture!

In The Mix Sweater Dress from ModCloth.

In the Mix Sweater Dress in Houndstooth. What do you know about print mixing? #grey #modcloth:

From the undisputed queen of the day dress, Diane von Furstenburg: New Jeanne Two Silk Jersey Wrap dress

Alexander McQueen Jacquard knit mini dress: Wow.

Alexander McQueen Jacquard-knit Mini Dress - Red

 

Function

Dresses that fall in this category should have lots of pockets, be easy to accessorize, and probably have a nice freedom of movement. You know, practical.

Madewell Denim Jumper Dress:  pockets for keys!

Madewell denim Jumper dress:

Boden Hannah seam detail dress: pockets + boots + tights + scarf= winter happy!

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You thought practical meant boring, right?  Nay! Nay, I say.  Shirtdresses are practical yet there’s plenty of ways to upscale them.  This Alice + Olivia crepe dress added velvet trim and a bow to add some interest.

Alice + Olivia Carie Velvet-trimmed Crepe Dress - Antique rose

 

 

 

Fun

Embrace the nonsense here.

No doubt you gadding about in Prada and velvet during the day means you probably have no kids and are likely a princess of sorts.  Still, that applique work is firmly entrenched in the camp of fun.

As a girl who grew up with a Great-Grandma who wore wigs because she liked to, I immediately loved this Mod Cloth dress.

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I'm Wiggin' Out! A-Line Dress. Brace yourself, because once you get the details of this red dress, you're gonna lose your mind! #red #modcloth:

Another DVF: I want to know what jungle this tiger came from.

DVF New Julian Two Silk Jersey wrap dress:

How about you?  What fashion is inspiring you for your day look?

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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project here to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:

 

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