The Day and Night Dress Challenge For a Simple Stay-At-Home Mom

Welcome Mesha of Keamesha. She’s bringing her beautiful casual style to The Day and Night Dress Challenge and showing you how to add a little bit of polish to your everyday. I’ll let Mesha go for it!

Oh, boy was this a challenge for me! How does a simple SAHM with a bold print dress create 2 looks from one of the 3 dresses she has in her closet?

The dress in question

I made this dress using McCall’s 6886 back in December 2017 for a Christmas party that my husband and I attended. I’ve only worn it once and being that we rarely go on fancy dinner dates or engagements, I knew this was probably going to get one good wear out of it. The dress is made using Liverpool knit from one of my fave small businesses Sew Blessed Fabrics.

My personal style

My style is ever evolving. Right now most of my looks are classic, modern, comfortable, and functional. Whenever I make a garment my first thought is “will I be able to manage a toddler in this?”. After I got the function of the garment figured out, I then look for fabrics that are comfortable but at the same time, it’s classic and clean. I’m not big on prints, but lately, I’ve stepped a bit outside of my norm and decided to start using fabrics with bold prints.

Day Look: Vintage Style Sweater

My every day requires flats and some sort of layering garment. So I decided to style my dress with a pair of dressy flats and the Bondi shirt pattern from Sinclair Patterns. It’s a basic shirt pattern that I modified. To achieve the look, I raised the neckline, omitted the neckband and used a catchstitch (vintage technique) to hem the neckline. I also shortened both back and front pattern pieces by 5”. For the waistband, I used the same fabric as the sweater, I cut the length 4” shorter than the finished waist and 7 ¼” for the width, I attached using a ⅝” seam allowance. Because the pattern is semi-fitted, I went up 3 sizes to create a semi-fitted sweater look. I used a fleece backed sweater knit fabric from Sew Blessed Fabrics.

The dress print is bold and busy, I had to make sure my garment of choice has to be simple. Because of the simplicity of the sweater, it can be worn quite often and can be dressed up or down.

Night Look: Matching Clutch

I’m pretty simple and since my dress has such an elaborate print, I decided to stay away from any garment pieces and opted to go with an accessory. I made a basic zipper clutch. I believe bags complete any evening look and a clutch, in particular,  adds a sense of elegance.

For the clutch, of course, I used the leftover fabric from the dress and lined it with navy broadcloth. To maintain the structure to the clutch a midweight iron on interfacing was applied to the wrong side of the Liverpool fabric. I used Mimi G’s Clutch Tutorial on YouTube on how to create the clutch. I wanted to keep a chic and classic look so instead of making a foldover clutch like the one in the video, I used my own dimensions of 12” x 9”.

MY TAKEAWAY

This challenge actually made me reflect on how I’m still not stretching my creative capabilities. Thinking back I think I could’ve actually made an ankle length flowy duster using Double Georgette or Challis fabric for my night look. Overall, I’ve learned that it’s okay to be simple, but simple simply doesn’t mean BORING!

Big thanks to Mesha for being a part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge!

Grab another cup of tea and see how Gillian’s bringing her colorful style to her own dress!

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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