Wow, It’s year 3 of the Day and Night Dress Challenge. It’s always a pleasure to take part in this great project. Every year Elizabeth showcases amazing talent throughout her challenge.

Elizabeth decided to shake up her 2019 challenge, instead of making two dresses. We have to use a previously made dress and create items to compliment it for the day and night.

The Chosen Dress

The McCall M7745 was one of the top pattern in 2018. I took a look at the tag on Instagram and it’s been posted 252 times. I’ve also seen quite a few people add it to their future makes. I really wanted to sew this pattern because it looks like such a ready to wear piece. I’ve had this dress in my wardrobe for about 6 or 7 months and haven’t worn it yet. Timing has a lot to do with why I haven’t worn this dress. I live in west-central Wisconsin and our winter is brutal. Typically Fall begins in mid September and the opportunity to wear it truly only happened because of this challenge.

Signature Style

Elizabeth asked me to describe my style and honestly it’s not the easiest thing to do. In just 4 words, I would say my style is Polished, Textured, Balanced and Beautiful. I would say classy, but if you have to say it then you’re trying too hard 

Look 1 – A Comfy Mid-Western Day

A typical day for me is all about comfort, while still staying stylish. I work from home and I live in a very cold climate. The day look would have to be a cozy look, which would take me to my in-home office to the mall or grocery on my lunch break. I felt really challenged because this dress is extremely summery.

The idea of creating a look that would take me through the day, didn’t come easy. I know most people would make a cardigan or jacket to accompany this piece. It was one of my options, I even considered making a turtleneck. But the more I looked at the dress, I really starting feeling the cozy sweater was the item to make for this look.

I really wanted to create a snugly mid-western look. Something you might see in early Fall or Spring. I’ve made BurdaStyle 11/2012 Style 128, three times before a slightly oversized pullover sweater. It’s the perfect pattern to deliver my day look. I used a very cozy pink fleece fabric from Joann’s. To complete the look, I added my caramel boots and some dainty jewelry.

Look 2 – A Dark Rose Night Out

Gosh! I was worried about this look. I wasn’t sure if I made it too simple but I love the stole created. It was a simple self drafted rectangle pattern. The punch this stole adds is just fabulous. It’s all about the fabric, the textural effect adds evening appeal to the look.

I used leftover special occasion fabric from Joann’s and stretch satin for the back. It’s a pretty blush brown/pink fabric. I think the stretch of the satin, works well with the flexibility of the black. To lock this look down, I switched up my lipstick, changed to strappy heels and switched up my jewelry

I’m totally committed to making more pieces that pair well with what I currently own. The challenge has given me more insight into trying new looks, and finding ways to create a blended look that may included pieces that you typically don’t wear together. Sort of like Athleisure!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE 2019?

  1. Find your lonely dress in your closet! Sew up 2 extra pieces to coordinate with your dress for a day look and a night look.
  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 newly styled dress and extra pieces in your day look and your night look to Instagram to enter yourself.  Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
  5. Grab the graphic below and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram:     

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