If you’ve never seen Sue Parrott from I Love 2 Sew and her creative, precise sewing, you will thoroughly enjoy her contributions here to The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Welcome Sue!  

How fun is this challenge?  I thoroughly enjoyed figuring out what to make using only fabrics from my stash…honestly this just about did me in but then I ‘shopped’ around and found these four fabrics that I thought would work and would be things I’d wear.

Coffee Dress

First…the coffee dress!  I really wanted to mix three lightweight denims that I’ve had for a while.  I have seen some amazing sewists mix fabrics and have just loved the results.  When I saw this pattern, I knew I could make a multiple-fabric garment work.

And here are the three fabrics I choose to mix and match!

If you frequent Marcy Tilton’s site and drool over her fabrics, you’ll recognize the denim-lace from her site.  I coveted that fabric for some long that I finally broke down about six months ago and bought a measly yard of it.  While that doesn’t give you much to work with, it does spur your creativity and I knew that I would mix it with other fabrics.  I wish I could remember where the two other denims came from, but I just can’t.

Now what you are really waiting for is the dress!  Here it is!  This is McCall’s 7506.

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This will be perfect for a day dress.  It’s denim–hello!


Who doesn’t love a comfortable denim dress to spend the day in?


This was a lot of fun to make and it will be even more fun to wear!  Since I live in a climate where winter lasts far too long, it was fun to pull out my sandals and put them on!


Bring on warm days and coffee dates with friends!

Cocktail dress

Now for the cocktail dress…. here is my pattern.

Can you see all the possibilities for styling like I can?  Collar, no collar, sleeves, none, contrast, etc…

Yep, this pattern is right up my alley.

I have had this fabric for a long time.  It is a brocade black and white lace-look fabric that I’ve had for so long I forgot where I purchased it!  I have been waiting for the right thing to make and I love the result!

I had fun playing with this pattern to maximize the fabric.  I added piping between the front/back yoke and the main part of the dress.


I added faux leather-look for the collar and sleeve cuffs just for fun!

I added some bling to the front bodice by adhering some Swarovski crystals.   They just don’t photograph very well inside.

This fabric is a bit heavier than the pattern called for but I am really pleased with the overall fit.

Now I just need a cocktail date!!!

Thanks for reading!

A special thanks to Elizabeth for setting up this challenge and getting so many sponsors.  I feel honored to be a part of it.

Happy sewing everyone!

Sue from Ilove2sew!


  1. Love both your makes Sue! Your pattern choices were perfect and so were your fabrics. I love seeing your work pop up in my feed and look forward to seeing all your makes.

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