Sunday, February 25, 2018

The day and night dress challange

I is always more fun to sew with others so I was quite intrigued to join ElizabethMadeThis day and night dress challenge. I love looking at dresses and I love making dresses but I rarely wear them. You should check Elizabeth's blog to see all the cute dresses everyone is making for this challenge.
   The cocktail dress was done in the spur of the moment. I was reorganizing my stash a bit and found 2 pieces of fabric of 1 meter each from some of my shopping sprees during the bee and though that would make a great dress together. I immediately thought of Lekala 4437 I done a while back in jersey and bought to try and see how it looks in a brocade and color blocked.
 I cut the pieces right away to not give me time to overthink it:
And sewed it the next evening. It come together a lot faster then I expected and hangs quite nicely one me. So here it is my cocktail dress:
The skirt has a really nice flow and as you can see I could not stay put in that dress!!!
    The day dress was quite the opposite to make. I spend a lot of time thinking and rethinking options for both pattern and fabric. I do not drink coffee but I do enjoy hot chocolate and caramel.. I wanted to use some shades of brown but I don't have many in my stash as is not one of my favorite color... But I thought that incredibly soft sweater knit or whatever this orange/cream fabric was will be perfect for it. And then I picked the a pattern: McCall's 7349. The combination of raglan sleeves, princes seams and flared skirt seemed to good to pass:
I was a bit limited with my print placement as the panels on the fabric weren't as wide as I would have wanted and had to also cut my skirt shorter and had some sort of printed collar around my neck but I think all turned out great in the end. I really love having pockets so there was no question for me if to add some or not. The easy side inseam pockets didn't appeal to me as much so I thought of adding some welt pockets in the front and spice the dress a bit:
And since the dress didn't scream chocolate enough I though that it is time to get some dust off my embroidery machine. I absolutely love embroidery and there are so many nice designs out there but it is time consuming  so I often just make do with the fun prints on the fabric itself. But I do wanted this dress to be more special to I looked up a design for it:
So here it is my day hot chocolate dress:
An because the fabric was one of the softest I ever worked with I could no resist using it up to the last scrap for kids too:
Thank you so much Elizabeth for everything.
It quite impressive that I still haven't bought new fabrics.  Usually when I sew a lot I buy a lot as well so finally counting this items I have Sewing 32 - Shopping 30 getting ahead again and I have quite a few new items made thta I didn't manage to get photos of yet.


  1. You did a wonderful job on everything!

  2. Hi again Georgia! I just clicked through and love your post! The hot chocolate dress is amazing, and I love how you're matching with your adorable little ones!

    1. Thank you so much Helen! The day dress turned out better then I expected and is so comfortable!

  3. I love the combination of fabrics in your cocktail dress. The neckline of that dress is lovely too.

    Gorgeous kids, as always!

    1. Thank you so much Katherine! It seems that all the rich fabrics I bought in the bee worked out! Only 1 or 2 left now!

  4. Hi Georgia, what a fabulous outfit for you and your kids! I love the colours and all the cute details you added. Congratulations!

  5. You are so talented! I love both your dresses! :)