I’m glad to welcome Tonya of Sew So Petite today to share her dresses for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  Tonya always pulls out her classic style with such flair.  Enjoy!

Hey guys. I know it’s been a few months, so I want to say thank you for being a loyal reader.

Remember last year I participated in the Day and Night Dress Challenge hosted by Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This? I made these cute little dresses? Well, Elizabeth invited me to participate again this year and I am so very honored! This year, it’s really the same theme:

Coffee and Cocktails

The idea is to make two dresses; one for coffee with friends and one for a night out sipping cocktails (or your evening beverage of choice). Stick around each day to view all the participants in their dresses during the challenge! But today is my day!


My Coffee Dress

For my Coffee Dress, I choose New Look 6449. It’s a simple shirt dress. Nothing fancy really. It was super simple to sew. I purchased a very light weight denim cotton from JoAnn’s Fabrics.


Other than the fact that this pattern is easy, I love the idea of having pockets on this dress. I can see myself running errands, coffee with friends or just kicking around the house and I have to be able to shove things in my pockets. This dress is easy to wear and can be styled with sneakers or boots just like I did. And the belt really brings it all together.


I really do love Starbucks. In fact, I go there daily!

My cocktail look

On to my evening dress….


This is Burda 6421. Let me be totally honest with you. This was my back up dress. The original did not work out as planned, but I really, really love this dress. I usually make long evening dresses that are a little more loose, but this one…..baaaaabbbyyyy!!!


Construction wise, it was not difficult. I chose a drapey suiting purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics a long time ago. The color is actually a really dark brown (it looks black, I know). Because I wanted to add a little color, I lined it with a royal blue lining.


Out of the two dresses, this one is my fav. I feel sexy and sophisticated at the same time. I told my husband that he need to take me somewhere so I can wear it!


Until Next Time:


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?


    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:



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.


  1. Lovely dresses! The pockets and belt really make the coffee dress and the evening dress just looks great on you!

  2. Lady, you nailed both dresses!!!! And, they look super fabulous on you. Yes, hubby needs to take you out, lol!

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