Diane von Furstenberg summed things up well when she said, “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!” If there were one garment that epitomizes being a garment, I think it’s the dress. We throw one on in the morning when we have a precious few minutes to get dressed, rushing out of the house looking polished. Slip on a lovely frock at night and become the picture of elegance. Dresses make their appearance at funerals, weddings, and everything in between. There’s hardly a wrong time to wear a dress. So, with that in mind, I decided to host the Day and Night Dress Challenge.
The Day and Night Dress Challenge
I’ve been wanting to get back into performing with my violin, and it’s been a number of years since I had a black dress in my closet. Though I need a black dress that’s polished and appropriate for orchestra performances, the truth is that I seldom wear black. The idea of challenging myself to make a black dress became much more appealing when I thought about making an everyday dress at the same time.
I live in dresses. As I run between dropping off and picking up kids all day, a knit dress is an easy solution for my limited time to get dressed. I can quick grab a dress and a scarf and boots and be out the door, still feeling classy and feminine. As a sewist, I see these dresses as a showcase for color, texture, and interesting sewing techniques. Now, I’m all for adding a jacket to any of these looks and going out at night with my husband, but there are times when you need something a little dressier…
With no print or color to create a focal point, black focuses the attention on form and details. I think that’s why there are so many designers have made iconic black dresses. Who doesn’t immediately think of Givenchy’s little black dress for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? That dress is the perfect dress for Audrey. It echoes her form and just looks like her somehow. Black is sleek and elegant. It gives you a chance to create a dress that mirrors your own style in a different way than a day dress would. Can you wear black dresses during the day–of course! But in my mind, black dress = perfect dress for a lovely evening.
The challenge is to make 2 dresses for yourself:
- A dress with a day look: This can be anything! Shirtdresses, knit dresses, sweater dresses, wrap dresses, the sky is the limit. Sew up a dress that suits your life and expresses your own sense of style. I want to see color, pattern, and texture here.
- A dress with a night look: Night look dresses should be black, and they can be as fancy or as simple as you choose. Think about a dress that could go to the opera or a cocktail party or anywhere else where you need to look effortlessly chic and sharp. The fabric that you choose for your dress should be overwhelmingly black. Black fabric with metallic threads are great, and prints are okay if from a distance, they read black. While your night look dresses should be black, feel free to add any accessories or other pieces in different colors to complete your look.
Dresses are to be made during the time of the challenge (January 8th-28th 2017 for the community challenge). This is a contest for women’s garments only.
Challenge Schedule and rules
- The blog tour will take place from Sunday, January 8th- Saturday, January 14th 2017.
- Entries for the community challenge will open on Sunday, January 8th and will close on Saturday, January 28th 12 am MST. There will be a link up available for entrants to post their dresses. Feel free to chronicle your makes on social media #dayandnightdresschallenge on Instagram and Twitter or join the Facebook group here, but only entries posted to the link up will be considered for the prizes.
- Voting will begin on January 29th and close on Saturday, February 4th.
There will be 2 winners of the Day and Night Dress Challenge as determined by vote. Winners will each receive a prize package which is detailed in this post.
Stay tuned to meet the bloggers participating in the blog tour.
How can you get involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge?
- Sew some dresses!
- Let other people know about it. Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
- Keep reading here to find out the latest. Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram and Facebook.
- Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
- Enter your project here to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
- Grab a graphic and post it on your site: