Along with Helen, I met Diane of Dream.Cut.Sew. through Sleeve Fest, and since then I am utterly amazed by her keen eye for design. She finds THE prettiest fabrics too, and she’s put them to good use here in her dresses for The Day and Night Dress Challenge. Welcome Diane!
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Dream.Cut.Sew.
After weeks of anticipation and sewing since I got the initial exciting invite from Elizabeth to be one of the blogger team for the Day and Night Dress Challenge (AKA coffee and cocktails) my turn is finally here!
To begin with the cocktail dress decision had me more stumped than the day dress, but once I found Vogue 1518 it had me smitten from the start. This Zandra Rhodes dress was a perfect shape for my style. When I found the fabric on Minerva Crafts website it sealed the deal. I haven’t worn a poufy sleeve in years but we are heading into the second year of Year of the Sleeve so I thought why not?
With careful marking of the sleeve pieces they actually went together well. There are horizontal folds as well as gathers at the crown of the sleeve head, but in the georgette fabric it sits nicely. Overall, I was quite impressed at the fit of the pattern on me too. It’s been a while since I made up a Vogue design but this was a breeze.. I didn’t need to make any major changes and the amount of ease was spot on.
There are tiny neck bindings and very narrow hems which although fiddly to do were rather satisfying as I took my time over them and basted everything, and inside, all seams are french seams.
I’ve actually worn my dress already too when hubs and I went for a Valentines meal and I can report that it’s very comfy and meal friendly!
Now, onto my coffee date day dress part of the challenge. I instantly knew it had to be a sweater dress and it fitted in with Elizabeth’s guidelines about the coffee dress which mentioned that it ought to embody the idea of secret pajamas. I had already bought some great cable knit from Higgs and Higgs so all I had to do was find a pattern. To carry on the theme of a slim silhouette like my cocktail dress I eventually decided on the Paige dress by Style Arc. I imagined contrasting zippers and piping so I printed off the pattern…my first time using Style Arc.
Now the last time I used my printer and printed off a pdf, I had no problem with scale, so I ignored the little square size checker thingey (technical term..ahem!)….oops!…after cutting out and basting together for a try on the dress was enormous! I ended up totally re-cutting the front and back panels to size down. Thankfully it worked out fine though, so I could then carry on with the rest of the project.
I used charcoal grey zips for the pockets and charcoal ponte to make an in-seam piping to accentuate the side panels. For extra design oomph I used my fabric cross-grain for said panels as well…though a bit of inventive thinking ensued as I also decided to do without side seams..yes, I’m a sucker for punishment, why can’t I ever just make up a pattern as it is??. As a result I had to add a vertical dart just under the armpit for shape and there is actually an underarm seam too.
Although this dress gave me a few headaches I love the end result and it really is as comfy as pj’s. I’ll try not to let this experience put me off Style Arc as I do like a lot of their modern designs and would like to try more.
I’m all set for ‘Coffee and Cocktails’ now, except in my case it would most likely be green tea (and cake of course) and for cocktails it would be Rose wine…or maybe a Tequila Sunrise..or a gin and tonic…or Pina Colada….
Keep watching here on Elizabeth Made This and on YouTube between now and February 28th for more amazing dresses from this wonderful global crew of sewing bloggers and vloggers I’ve assembled!
Want to join in the fun yourself?
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE?
- Sew some dresses!
- 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 day look (coffee) and your night look (cocktail) to Instagram to enter yourself. Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
- Grab a graphic and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram: