Welcome Maria of How Good Is That to The Day and Night Dress Challenge!  Maria is such a trooper having modeled her dresses while recovering from foot surgery!  Are all Australians this tough?  I’d love to know!  Prepare yourselves for a little piece of joy! 

The Day and Night Dress Challenge: How Good is That

Today’s my turn to show you what I came up with this year’s Day and Night dress challenge.

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My day look of choice is Papercut Patterns Yoyo dress for coffee catchups. The

fabrics and notions provided by Minerva Crafts – my long time sponsor and sponsor of this challenge.

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Night cocktail dress

My night cocktail dress was made with fabric from my stash using Ellie and Mac’s Women’s Bell Sleeve dress pattern.

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The fabric I chose has a huge print and is soft. I’ll show you shortly.

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As you can see, I’m on crutches as I had surgery on my left toe a few weeks ago so under doctors orders I have at home with my feet elevated. Standing is painful.

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The skirt width on this dress is much wider that I would normally wear but under the circumstances, this style makes me feel less restricted. I can’t walk anyway so I can gracefully peer across the house on ‘The Lounge’.

About the pattern

I’ve never used Ellie and Mac patterns. They are one of the challenge sponsors so I got this pattern for free.

Ellie and Mac patterns offer a range of children’s patterns and a women’s range. Their patterns are ‘relaxed styling’ and while I’m normally an active person, relaxing styling is what I need during these weeks of recovery.

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What I love about the pattern is its v-neckline and the instructions for sewing this v-neckline.

This is also easy to sew using an overlocker, which I did.

The pattern is rated for a confident beginner and the seams are 1cm wide

Maybe it’s how I printed the pattern but there were very few marking on the pattern I printed out so I felt like I was ‘flying blind’. I rely on pattern markings when I sew any project together so I know I haven’t stretched the fabric too far.

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If I wasn’t on pain medication my cocktail of choice would have been an Aperol spritz. Right now it’s soda water and lime but Aperol matches the colour of my fabric.

Day coffee dress

When I made up my Day dress for coffee, I had added pockets to an earlier version and adjusted the pattern to fit me to a tee.

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We’re coming to the end of Summer here in Australia so this style is great for our weather.

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I’ve also fully lined this dress with a smooth cotton fabric.

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These are the two earlier version that use the facings but I felt a full lining would wear better, and it is a better solution for me.

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For the purposes of this challenge I had to pair my day coffee dress with my coffee of choice – a Greek coffee.

Thanks again to Elizabeth for running this creative challenge.

KEEP WATCHING HERE ON ELIZABETH MADE THIS   AND ON YOUTUBEBETWEEN 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 YOU CAN 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:

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4 Comments

  1. You did a marvelous job Maria as always. I always love seeing your makes in my blog feed. Love the fit you achieved and the fabrics you choose.

  2. First of all, a big KUDOS to you for having completed your dresses and modeled them with the minimal use of your foot.
    I love your dresses, they look very comfortable, yet feminine! Your fabrics are beautiful!

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