Monday, January 9, 2017

Day to Night Dress Challenge


Happy New Year!


As you all know, I have been asked to participate in a blog tour. Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This has set up a Day to Night Dress Challenge. The idea is to create a day dress, for everyday wear and a night dress, for evening wear. I graciously accepted my invitation. Elizabeth is, quite frankly, the most sweetest person ever. If you guys can remember, I competed against her in the Fabric Mart Fabricista contest. Even though we were competitors, it really didn't feel like it.

So....on with the show!

 My day dress

This pattern is described as a feminine, gathered, figure-hugging jersey dress. US sizes 8-20. The pattern has 3 views; the long sleeved dress, long sleeve top and short sleeve top. This pattern is rated easy, and it definately was easy. Start to finish, it took me just 3 hours. There were only 4 pattern pieces and I really did not even look at the directions. The only alteration that I made was my usual 2 inches off the length. Although I ended up taking and additional  4 more inches off at the end.

 I used some rayon jersey fabric that I purchased from Textile Outlet, here in Chicago. And if you are wondering, it was just a mere 20 degrees outside today. I tried my best not to look so cold, but I love how the neckline lays on this pattern, therefore I had to show you this "cold looking" pic.
Dresses aren't really my thing. As I have said before, I spend much of my time in scrubs and sneakers at work and jeans and sneakers on the weekends. I consider my style more sporty chic. I paired this dress with sneakers and boots and I think they both work well. Sneakers worn while running errands and boots worn when I want to look a little more put together. (You know...like when at the store and you see someone from high school and you want to make sure you are looking your best! Yall know what I'm talking about). 

I love the dress. It's comfy, cool and sporty enough for my style. 

My night dress
Burda 6865 (sorry no link available)

Whenever I start a pattern, I always look up the reviews on it first. That way I have a good idea of the challenges that others have had or if it's worth me even trying. I wonder...do any of you guys do that too? Anways, I saw 0 reviews on this dress. I'm not sure how old the pattern is, but I got scared and almost didn't do it. I read through the instructions and decided to take the leap. And I am pleased as punch with the end result. 
The dress can be described as a close fitting mermaid gown with bodice and upper skirt draping and invisible zipper. Size range is from 8-18. The instructions were actually very easy to follow. The bodice is draped with 3 pleats and the upper skirt also has 3 pleats. The dress is fully lined and I added boning to the bodice. I know it's hard to see the draping but trust me, it's there. I used some crepe back satin, purchased from JoAnn's. I really liked the crepe side of the fabric, so that's the side that I used.
The main alteration to this pattern was shortening the length of the skirt. I chopped off about 5 inches. I do love a black dress, but I also do love my bling. I added a rhinestone strip around the waist. I think that out of all the things that I have sewn in the past, I really enjoy sewing evening wear. When a woman puts on a evening gown, it really makes her feel like a princess (well, at least that's how I feel).

These two dresses combined makes me ready for any event thrown my way.

Now it's your turn. Let's see those day and night dresses ladies. Head on over to Elizabeth's blog to enter in your dresses. There are prizes, and who doesn't love prizes.


The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting

Voting will be available on this page from January 29th-February 4th.  After the sponsors are notified, the winners will be announced.

Prizes

To refresh your memory:

The 1st place winner will receive:

The 2nd place winner will receive:

The random drawing winner will receive:

How do I use the linkup?

If you’re unsure on how to add a picture for the linkup, you can watch this helpful video from InLinkz.


How can you get involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge?

    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 and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:
This is the gallery for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.
To enter your project for the prizes, go through the steps to link up a picture of your project between January 8th and January 28th.

Between January 29th and February 4th, voting will be enabled.  Click on the pictures to vote.




NOW GO ENTER YOUR BEAUTIFUL DRESSES!
Until Next time





6 comments :

  1. Aw, thanks for the kind words, Tonya. I love both of these. The rhinestone strip is the perfect foil, and it's width fits your proportions well. I'm slowing learning that the skinny belts seem to fit better on me too. And your day dress is about my favorite. It's so sporty, and you look fierce in it with the boots! Thanks for being a part of this challenge!

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  2. You look wonderful in both dresses. I love the subtle draping on the black dress, it adds movement and interest.

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  3. Both dresses are lovely! I hope you have somewhere fun to wear that gown- it's so glamorous!!

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  4. Great makes. Both dresses have there own style and suit you well. Wonderful combinations of fabric and patterns.

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  5. Great job on both dresses! I love the sporty look of your day dress!

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  6. Your night dress makes you look like such a princess! You look so lovely! But 5" off the bottom though?! You definitely made this dress your own :) I'm also liking the casual look of the day dress, who says day dresses need to be OTT :P Nice one!

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