Closet Case Fiona for all seasons
My base dress for this challenge is a Closet Case Patterns Fiona that I sewed as a pattern tester last summer. I have a full blog post about it, if you want to know more! I wore it a few times in the summer, but then packed it away for winter. This challenge was a great excuse to restyle it for colder months.
Defining my style
I sew and wear 90% knits, so a dress like this (even in a stretch denim) is definitely something out of my comfort zone! I like to bright, bold, colourful prints, so as a summer sundress this feels a bit chic and classic for me. The great thing about layering it for winter is that I got to mix in more textures and prints, and the solid black became the perfect blank canvas for day or night!
Day look: Starting with a fabulous accessory
When Elizabeth proposed this challenge, my sister had already started knitting me this stunning wool scarf. It was the inspiration for this whole outfit! I pulled in an old Cashmerette Concord tee that had the right shade of oatmeal – I also love how the stripes add in a print and tie into the gradient stripes in the knitting, I made a pair of oxblood leggings from my TNT Cake Espresso pattern, and voila!
Let’s talk pros and cons, shall we? I really like this outfit, but it’s not perfect. The dress is quite snug (ie. almost tight) at the top so that it doesn’t gape as a sundress… which means that there isn’t much room for layering over a tee. The shirt does stop the straps from falling off my shoulders though! This is the kind of outfit I’d wear to look cute on the weekend going to a craft fair, where I’d be walking around for a few hours. I wouldn’t wear it to work though, where I need to be able to sit and move around a lot. Overall, it shows me that I’d enjoy an overall type dress specifically made for winter layering, which is good to know!
Night look: Cashmerette Concord + glitter
And now, here’s my night look!
It is… wait for it… another Cashmerette Concord! I mean, why use two patterns when you could just hack one? I love cropped cardigans for layering, and this crazy polyester metallic-brocade-with-glitter was perfect!
I wish I could show you how truly tacky and fabulous this fabric is! It’s photographing much more elegantly than it is in real life! I finished the edges with self-drafted facings.
When I see the night look head to toe, I keep thinking I should have made some slightly sheer black tights to go with it… but realistically, I don’t ever go anywhere fancy, so this is more like a dressy-casual look for a work Christmas party or pub night. (Neither of which I attend, but hey, at least I’ll have an outfit ready if I decide to be more extroverted next year!)
Now, you might be saying, “Gillian, you just made two outfits you like and then said you wouldn’t wear either of them!” Well, yes, that’s true. But this was still a good learning experience! Now I know that I’d enjoy a looser overall dress for winter, and I remember how great I do feel in this pattern. As I mentioned, this dress was sewn as pattern testing, so it might be worth making another version with the tweaks to make it perfect!
I’ve already worn my new leggings with a few other outfits, and the gaudy knit cardigan is ready to be paired with a tank and jeans. I’m totally in love with the shawl, and now I know it pairs well with this top. The dress itself is the part that wasn’t perfect… but coming up with ways to wear it in winter was still inspiring!
Dressing is about experimenting
I love the format of this year’s Day and Night Dress challenge. It reminded me to play around with my clothes, and I had lots of fun making two whole new outfits with just a pair of leggings and a t-shirt pattern!
Thanks Gillian! While you’re here, be sure to check out Mesha’s gorgeous remix!
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: