If you’re unaware of this sewing challenge, here are the details. There’s still plenty of time for you to join and be in the running for some awesome prizes! Check out Elizabeth’s blog for the full details and lots of inspiration!
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.
For my “day” dress, I chose the Cashmerette Turner Dress. I’ve made this pattern a few times already, both as a pattern tester and for myself, as well as one I made for my MIL for Christmas (which I had to grade down, which was so different than how I usually re-size patterns!). The Turner Dress is my go-to knit pattern dress this winter. It’s super fast to make and super easy to wear and I’m rather partial to the long sleeve view right now. Besides my at-home uniform of leggings and long sleeved tees this winter, I’ve been keeping warm wearing my knit dresses and tights. Besides…. secret pajamas!
I chose this beautiful charcoal and grey damask poly/rayon double knit from Cali Fabrics for this dress. It’s a heavier weight knit and almost like a sweater knit and has enough stretch and drape for the Turner. Greys and blacks aren’t usually my thing unless they’re mixed with some colors, but I saw this fabric and loved it, plus I thought it would be a very versatile dress. The bodice is lined with a heathered maroon cotton jersey from Mood that I had in my stash.
There’s not a whole lot of difference between this dress and the way I made my navy Turner dress. No pattern alterations other than adding length to the skirt and grading between sizes for B-W-H.
And now for my Night look!
I dug into my stash and pulled out this black Anna Sui lace (bought from Fabric Mart a while back) that I’ve been hoarding. My original plan for this lace was to use it as an overlay over some pink cotton sateen, but when this challenge came up, I wanted to use it, so I went with classic black look. The result was a nice little cocktail dress.
I used Butterick 6415 for this dress in View C, with all over lace. I did the following pattern adjustments: graded up, full bicep adjustment, swayback adjustment, adjusted princess seams to fit, and added about 2″ to the skirt length. I used black bridal satin from Cali Fabrics for the underlay.
This dress is fully lined with ivory/black polka dot Japanese crepe de chine poly lining from Cali Fabrics (out of stock). It’s seriously one of the best linings I’ve ever used and I previously used it to line my red raincoat. The pattern has you use interfacing for the bodice, but I opted to sew boning into the princess seams and side seams instead.
I used French seams for all of the layers of fabric for this dress, which took me substantially longer to finish then I had planned, but it was definitely worth it. The neckline and sleeve hems have self-fabric binding on them, which I really like the look of. That binding would also look nice on the skirt hem.
Instead of a contrast bodice overlay, this pattern has the yoke connected to the bodice. As they’re sewn together in that matter and the bindings are sewn on the neckline and sleeve hem before attaching the yoke to the main part of the bodice, it was hard to figure out exactly where the bateau neckline would end up hitting. I would have probably dropped it down about a 1/2 inch and may still do so.
I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. It’s appropriate for many events and it’s really nice to have something like this hanging in my closet.
Day and Night Dress Challenge Blog Tour:
- Dress: Cashmerette Turner in charcoal/grey damask poly/rayon double knit, made by me
- Belt: Kohl’s
- Shoes: Bass Weejuns
- Earrings: Gift
- Dress: Butterick 6415 in Anna Sui lace overlay and black bridal satin, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Gigiritz
- Earrings & Bracelet: JCPenney