I always look forward to reading the posts by Faye of Faye’s Sewing Adventure. This lovely Georgia lady has made some truly fresh dresses for her coffee and cocktails looks for The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018. Welcome Faye!
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018: Faye’s Sewing Adventure
…well, it’s done! Last year I watched the 2017 Day and Night Dress Challenge from afar, and it was really amazing to see all the gorgeous entries from the talented participants. Little did I know then that I would be part this year’s challenge and I was elated when Elizabeth ask me to join in! I really enjoy sewing and have a passion for it, but I do stress a little over each and every one of my projects because I always want to do my best work. This challenge project was no different. I stressed in the pattern selection process but in the end I am really happy with the way my dresses turned out.
Choosing patterns for projects is not always an easy task for me (one of the downfalls of having a gigantic pattern stash). After narrowing down my selections I finally choose the Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns and added leather accents for the epaulet at the collar and welt pockets as my Day dress. I added a single lonely antique button from my stash that I thought was cute.
This pattern had been on my radar for several years so I thought now would be a great time gave it a go – I am so glad that I did. I used a small hounds-tooth check pontederoma from my stash and I can’t even remember where it was purchased. It was just enough for me to lengthen the body of the dress 3 inches. I love this dress with it’s band sleeve cuffs and hem! Now I know why people often refer to certain garments as pajamas. I’ve already worn the Jasper 3 times since finishing it. I think it’s the perfect dress to wear for a meet-up with a friend for a leisurely coffee date.
I also had a difficult time choosing the pattern for my Night dress, and flip flopped between two McCall’s patterns for a while. I finally made myself return to McCall’s 7622 – – because my initial vision was that of a swing dress. I’ve never had one of those, and wondered it it would really suit me. After settling on the pattern choosing a fabric that I thought would be suitable for the dress was my next issue. You’d think that having once in a life time pick of an entire website (compliments of Stylish Fabrics) this would have been an easy chore. I finally choose a drapey ITY knit.
When I first received the ITY knit I was sure that it was too light weight so I immediately constructed a lining made of jet set for it. But when I added the lining to the dress it weighted a ton and I immediately removed it.
There are many views to choose from in this pattern, but I decided on the mock neck version with cold shoulders to add a little pizzazz for a night out – picture a nice dinner theater night out. This dress makes me feel exceptionally dressed up and flirty which was exactly the look I was going for.
It was wonderful having a part in this challenge with such a wide variety of sewists from near and far. A great big thanks to you, Elizabeth for hosting the #DayAndNightDressChallenge! It was so much fun and gave me lots to talk about for weeks and weeks…
*Stylish Fabric is offering 25% OFF the Black ITY knit Faye used. If you’d like to make your own project, inspired by Faye, you can get redeem the discount using the code: “Linda”*
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: