Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Day and Night Dress Challenge

You know when you get a message and it makes you day!  I got a message from 
Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This inviting me to be part of The Day and Night Dress Challenge.  I immediately said yes!  

This challenge was right up my alley, I don't wear dresses too often but having the challenge to make one in my closet work for multiple occasions is perfect!

I went with Butterick 6330, a maxi dress I made last May and just love.  I found many occasions to wear it last summer but come the first hint of fall, the dress went to the back of my closet.

This wasn't my first choice for this Challenge but when I had another look through my closet I knew this was the one.  Actually, it is one of the few solid color dresses I own.

First up is the night look, I went for gold and glamorous.  Or glamorous for me.  I started with the night look and knew ti would be harder for me.  I went with over the top for me, glitzy and metallic.  I used Butterick 6062 (view A)  for a basic jacket using Mood Fabrics’ Metallic Gold Brocade.  My Butterick jacket was pretty basic and would show off the fabric.  

I did change one thing with the pattern, the lining goes right up to the seam.   A facing was added to the jacket and trimmed with a bias binding.  I thought this was a better look for me, as my lining was not a great match.  I added length to the sleeves and just turned up the sleeve hem allowance a bit more.   The Butterick pattern went together beautifully and with only three basic pattern pieces it is a quick garment to sew.  Just as I wanted the metallic brocade was the star of the show.

Isn't this fabric fabulous?  There is a bit of a pink in the background fabric, just a wonderful touch.

This is pretty fancy for me but I love it.  My plan is to make a sleeveless Nikko in a brick color to wear under my metallic jacket.  Add jeans, this will be a look that will be one I will like wearing, too.

Okay, day look, this is really me and I love this one.  I am so happy I stumbled upon it on Pinterest. a cardigan crossed over at the front and belted.

Taking the accessories up a notch,  I was inspired by Anita and her great hats, so I bought one for this day look.

I am not sure I am a hat person but it was fun using it as a prop.

My pattern is McCall’s 6996, a cardigan pattern I have made a few times before and a style I really like.  The fabric is a beautiful sweater knit from Style Maker Fabrics. The colors together are such beautiful jewel tones, they really work nicely together.  This color combination is not one I have tried before but I really love them together

The McCall’s pattern has several options, mine is View C, with a good collar band.  Have a look at view A/B, the back flounce is amazing. 

This look is so comfortable for me, I love this look and if it wasn’t for The Day and Night Dress Challenge, I wouldn’t have had this look.  I paired it with the leather belt, big earrings and booties.

Thanks to Elizabeth for asking me to be a part of this fun challenge.  She helped me look at my dresses in a different way and expand their seasonal possibilities.


  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:  


  1. Wow - 2 great looks Lori ! These are out of the box - yes but so wearable + plus great styling make for 2 winners

    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen, makes me think, I need to look through my wardrobe and see more possibilites

  2. Love a good maxi too. The casual look if more me also, but I love the dressed up look as well and will keep that idea in mind.

    1. Thanks, once I found the fabric for the night look it was easy to decide on the pattern.

  3. Great outfits! Isn't it fun to look at your wardrobe pieces and find fun, new combinations?

    1. Yes, it is so fun and I need to do it more often.

  4. I really like the gold and pink jacket. Great looks both of them. It is fun to look at new ways to put together items you already have.

    1. Thanks, Vicki, this challenge really made me look at my clothes differently and expand how I wear my clothes.

  5. I have the same sweater knit from Stylemaker. It is such a great color. I made mine into a Monroe turtleneck from Tessuti and added an infinity scarf from the leftover fabric.

  6. Maybe you need to get them something that will loosen up them and cause them to feel as though they are encircled by affectionlong silk robe

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