Hello! This is Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’ and I am so delighted to be participating in Elizabeth’s Day and Night Dress Challenge for the third year in a row (check out my past Day and Night Dress Challenge projects here and here)!

This challenge is always so inspiring, and I’m honored to be part of such a talented group of bloggers and vloggers! I’m also incredibly pumped about the twist that Elizabeth has thrown into this year’s challenge: 1 Dress, 2 Looks

I’m very practical by nature; you don’t see a lot of frosting in my sewing, typically, and I try not to sew things that won’t work with my daily life. As a result, this challenge to rejuvenate an underwhelming or unworn dress by styling it with other handmade pieces and accessories really appealed to me!

For my dress, I chose this black tencel Sew DIY Lou Box Dress 2 that I made last year. There is nothing wrong with this dress, per se, and yet I never find myself reaching for it. I think I have worn it once since making it. It’s perfect for this challenge! If I had to guess as to why I’m not wearing it, I’d say it’s some combination of the lightweight fabric, the color, and the sleeve length.

I decided I wanted to alter my Lou Box Dress ever so slightly before jumping into the day and night looks: I cut about 4.5” off of each sleeve and rehemmed them to be more of a ¾ length sleeve. Somehow that little bit of wrist makes it feel slightly less funereal. Then I set about figuring out some patterns and fabric to use to jazz it up a bit for day and night!

I set some additional challenges for myself, too: I wanted to use fabrics from my stash and I wanted the day and night pieces to work with other items in my wardrobe, not just the Lou Box Dress. To top it all off, I also wanted the pieces I sewed to count for the Sew Twists and Ties challenge that I am currently running on my blog! Lots of boxes to check here, folks!

Day Look

For my day look, I wanted a sweater of some sort to make my Lou Box Dress a bit warmer/more appropriate for winter weather. I needed the sweater to hit at the high waist, where the dress is cinched in by the elastic.

I decided on the the Seamwork Elmira cardigan, a cropped, ballet-style wrap cardigan with a big, exaggerated waist tie (making it perfect for Sew Twists and Ties). I’ll be honest and say I hadn’t paid much attention to this pattern until I saw this red version by Sewrendipity, at which point I neeeeeeeded to make one!

The stash fabric I chose is some lovely dove grey superwash wool jersey that I bought from Fabric Mart last year, which was easy to work with, a pretty color, and met my objective of being warmer than the tencel my dress is made from!

Night Look

For the “night” look, I wanted something a bit loud, but also something I wouldn’t wear exclusively at night. Vermont is not a place where a lot of dressing up happens!

I chose a beautiful, bright floral from my stash, which I think is like a rayon lycra woven of some sort. I got it in Vietnam on one of my trips before I moved back to the U.S. Drapey, slightly textured, a bit of stretch, and some gorgeous colors: royal blue, magenta, hot pink, tobacco brown, and a hint of black to tie it into my dress.

The pattern I chose is Simplicity 8655, a Mimi G pattern. I bought this pattern because I liked the wide-sleeved tie front top, but also those awesome high waisted pants! I figured the simple but elegant lines of the top paired with a saturated colors of the floral I chose would look great on the blank canvas of my Lou Box Dress. Plus, another tie, so my Sew Twists and Ties box was checked! Now I just wish I had some fun, boldly colored shoes to go with it… my boots look a little bit sad in comparison!

Thank you again to Elizabeth for hosting this fabulous challenge! I really had a lot of fun this year figuring out how to reinvigorate my Lou Box Dress and make it wearable for multiple occasions!

Thanks Meg! There’s lots more Day and Night Dress Challenge happening around here. Don’t miss how Anita and Je’Tua are remixing their old dresses.


  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:     

Elizabeth is a self-taught sewist with a love for all things DIY and creative. Her friend calls her "The Fabric Manipulator" and she's always looking for ways to squeeze the most out of her sewing time in between caring for her 4 kids and husband.

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