Or ‘the challenge that keeps you learning’.

That’s how I see Elizabeth Farr’s yearly Day and Night Dress Challenge. This year’s theme was not to make a dress. Nope. Here is this year’s recipe:

Step 1: Take a dress you’ve made but neglected.

shoe print dress

This was a totally fun dress to make using my block pattern and this shoe print from Spotlight. This dress has piping and is fully lined. What’s not to love about it?

This dress has been in my closet for at least 4 years. I’ve not worn it any where as yet. Possibly because this print is so loud for me but I love it.

It’s tailored; classic; conservative; loud.

Step 2: Create your day look.

My day look is work. Yes office work so here’s what I came up with.

The bossy pink jacket using Butterick 6062 View d with some initial fit tweaks. The fabric is a stretch woven ($2.5m) and is lined with sunsilky. The sleeves are rolled up because they’re too long. What you can’t see is the back length is a smidge shorter than the front. Oh. I lost the large pocket piece so I drafted a huge pocket for this jacket.

So of course, I had to make this again and check my pattern adjustments. This version is made from Pitt Trading remnant (textured sweatshirt fabric) so I now have a Winter day piece for this dress. This wasn’t my intention but it worked.

I can now see that these jackets will be great in the office as is, but the dress will hint to people that it’s dramatic, once unveiled.

Step 3: Create your night look

This is my night look using White Tree Fabrics remnant. The fabric is pleated and has lots of silver thread in it. I had originally made this fabric into a top but it was too scratchy against my skin.

The clutch is Kylie and the machine’s Ida Clutch pattern – matching bag!

Next up was my Day and Night dress challenge dress – the Yoyo dress.

Step 1: Take a dress you’ve made but neglected.

A lot of work went into making this dress so that it worked for my petite frame. I added pockets and this print is such a classic. But I want to wear it more.

This dress was made as part of my ongoing sponsorship through Minerva Crafts. They have sponsored by hobby for over 5 years now and I am very grateful for their support.

The dress is only a year old and I’ve worn it once to work but I want to wear it more as it’s great with this humid weather.

The dress is great in the heat but when I wear it in the office, the air con can give me the shivers across my shoulders.

Step 2: Create your day look.

This time I used a very loose woven fabric I bought locally for Harmony Day, but never made it up.

McCalls 6844 view A was my choice this time. This pattern is easy and has some petite lines that you can use or not use, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

I used the overlocker to sew this jacket together because the fabric is so loosely woven. This jacket took 2 hours to complete. Quick, once I started on it.

This jacket is going to keep me from shivering in the office, when I wear this dress.

Step 3: Create your night look

I used New Look 6407 to make this shiny black shirt.

This is just a simple shirt made with shiny fabric. It’s a light layer that will work nicely at night, while it’s still hot in the evenings.

So these are my pieces to help you think about what works for you.

Things to note to be counted as an official entry:

  • Your extra items must be something that you’ve made until March 17th when the community challenge ends.
  • Post a picture of your day look and your night look to Instagram until March 17th. If you’re shy, you can totally post a pic of your dress form donning your looks!
  • When you post your looks, tag Elizabethmadethis on Instagram @elizabethmadethis with the hashtag #dayandnightdresschallenge to be entered for a prize.
  • Prizes will be drawn randomly from the pool of entrants after March 17th.

I hope you do join in.


  1. Maria, both your dresses are fabulous and your styling is very cute. I love seeing dresses layered with jackets. Well done.

  2. I love the shoe print! I understand how you might like to calm it down … and you picked some lovely fabrics to calm it down with!

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