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.

Day Dress for “coffee”


For my day dress, I made the dress using Pocketful of Posies Dress. This was the first time I’ve used their
pattern. I loved the dress pattern at first sight. I really love the pleated centre panel, cocoon-shape and
big pockets, the banded hem is especially lovely.

I had a nice fabric in my stash that looks like a striped knit with a grosgrain ribbon. I wanted to show off
the fabric, so I changed the placement of the pattern pieces. I didn’t make a gathered hem but I made big
pleats and a slit on the hem instead. I never keep the slit open in the dress, so I didn’t make any
buttonholes. I have worn the dress several times already, and it’s lovely and incredibly comfortable. This
dress pattern has short sleeves, but it’s still as cold as ever, so I added to the sleeve length by a few
inches.

Only one thing, the front has some pleats on the neckline and below the waistline. The area was too
narrow for me, so I reduced the amount of pleats to widen it. Anyway, the pattern makes everyone happy.
It can be worn without the banded hem (but it’s too short as a dress), so I will make a tunic using the
same pattern next time.
#2. Night Dress

I made this kimono for the challenge! Just kidding! I made this dress using a second-hand kimono. The
sleeves of the kimono were too short for me, so I decided to use it for a project. I’m so glad that the
Kimono changed to the nice dress!


I made it using Auberley Dress and recommend the pattern for beginners. I love this simple dress
because it doesn’t have a zipper. It’s easy put on and take off quickly, and comfortable. I changed these
sleeves to three-quarter length and with ruffles rather than conventional sleeves. The instructions called
for making a tie, but I made a detachable bow instead of it. I added white lace pipings to the sleeves and
bodice. I think the dress goes well with boots and a fur vest as a casual style.

I often make my garments using second-hand kimonos because I can find unique patterned fabric.
Kimono fabric has a beauty that usual fabrics don’t have. However, it tends to be tacky(^-^;) I am often
asked by people, “How do you make a garment from a Kimono?” It’s gonna be a long story, so I’ll tell you
another time.

In conclusion,
I had fun making these dresses! Thank you very much to Elizabeth for inviting me to participate! I am glad
that I join the challenge. Thank you for reading!

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:
      6. The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Beautiful dresses and Wow! What a way to transform something! You Night Dress is awesome! Both dresses are impeccable!

  2. I love that your coffee dress seems to be made of pockets – that’s a dream dress! The kimono dress is amazing, too; such a great way to re-purpose some beautiful fabric.

  3. Wow Eli! Great dresses! You are always so stylish! I am so in love with your day dress I am seriously consider to make one at some point!

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