I did it! I completed The Day and Night Dress Challenge organized by Elizabeth Made This! You can read about her Challenge details here. I completed my Day dress – my “Coffee” dress last week. I used New Look 6803 and this 100% rayon. It was an easy pattern and I would happily make it again.
I finally had a chance to take some photos. It is too cold outside still so we are stuck with these inside shots.
This week I finished my Night dress – my “Cocktails” dress. I used this Vogue pattern, V1336, “Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina”. I love her patterns. There is nothing better than looking at your measurements, no matter what they are, and finding out that you have to cut out a size “D” (or whatever). None of the stigma of those old numbered sizes here! My fabric was called Brazil Stretch ITY Jersey Knit – 94% polyester 6% lycra – and such a soft luxurious knit. I love those large pixelated flowers!
This dress could be made in one solid or print fabric only, or colour blocked with a couple or more fabrics. I loved it. It was fun reading the pattern and deciding where I wanted to put my print and my solid. Like planning a simple quilt pattern. After all, it’s up to you!
When I had my pattern pieces cut out, I marked whether they were supposed to be prints or solids otherwise I knew I would mess it up!
Pieces sewn together. Notice the bits of blue painter’s tape on my black fabric? It was the only way I could tell what was the right side!
I have yet to use the stretch stitch on my sewing machine. *shame* Old habits die hard, I guess. I just try variations of my zig zag stitch until I find one that is long and lets my seam stretch. One of these days I am going to have to try one of the fancy built-in stretch stitches!
This pattern had “bands” of fabric to hem the neckline and armholes. I prefer proper facings on my necklines, even the ones made of knit fabrics. Luckily, the back neck facing for my “Coffee” dress fit my “Cocktails” dress too so I only had to draw a front neck facing. No problem!
I think it turned out alright!
The view from the right side of my “Cocktails” dress.
I would happily make this one again too! I wonder if I have some blue knit remnants that I can use next time? What about you? Have you got some scraps you can use up? The possibilities are endless! 🙂
And … The Day and Night Dress Challenge is officially completed!
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? 1.8 meters (141.5 meters remaining!)