coffee, cocktails and crutches

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

I had bunion removal surgery at the time of the Day and Night Dress challenge last month hence my very late blog post.
This blog post was my take on this year’s Day and Night dress challenge lead the very talented and supportive by Elizabeth.

My day look of choice is Papercut Patterns Yoyo dress for coffee catchups. The
fabrics and notions provided by Minerva Crafts – my long time sponsor and sponsor of this challenge.
Night cocktail dress
My night cocktail dress was made with fabric from my stash using Ellie and Mac’s Women’s Bell Sleeve dress pattern. 
The fabric I chose has a huge print and is soft. I’ll show you shortly.

As you can see, I’m on crutches as I had surgery on my left toe a few weeks ago so under doctors orders I have at home with my feet elevated. Standing is painful. 

The skirt width on this dress is much wider that I would normally wear but under the circumstances, this style makes me feel less restricted. I can’t walk anyway so I can gracefully peer across the house on ‘The Lounge’.

About the pattern

I’ve never used Ellie and Mac patterns. They are one of the challenge sponsors so I got this pattern for free.

Ellie and Mac patterns offer a range of children’s patterns and a women’s range. Their patterns are ‘relaxed styling’ and while I’m normally an active person, relaxing styling is what I need during these weeks of recovery.
What I love about the pattern is its v-neckline and the instructions for sewing this v-neckline.

This is also easy to sew using an overlocker, which I did. 
The pattern is rated for a confident beginner and the seams are 1cm wide. 

Maybe it’s how I printed the pattern but there were very few marking on the pattern I printed out so I felt like I was ‘flying blind’. I rely on pattern markings when I sew any project together so I know I haven’t stretched the fabric too far.

If I wasn’t on pain medication my cocktail of choice would have been an Aperol spritz. Right now it’s soda water and lime but Aperol matches the colour of my fabric.

Day coffee dress
When I made up my Day dress for coffee, I had added pockets to an earlier version and adjusted the pattern to fit me to a tee.

This style is great for our weather.

I’ve also fully lined this dress with a smooth cotton fabric.

These are the two earlier version that use the facings but I felt a full lining would wear better, and it is a better solution for me.

For the purposes of this challenge I had to pair my day coffee dress with my coffee of choice – a Greek coffee.
Thanks again to Elizabeth for running this creative challenge.
Thanks to That Sewing Blab for featuring this challenge in episode 96 too.
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Coffee and cocktails

Elizabeth (Elizabeth made this) has set up this year’s #daynightdress challenge with coffee and cocktails theme.
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018
The challenge team supporting the #daynightdress challenge is huge.
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018 Bloggers and Vloggers
The sponsors supporting this year’s challenge are very generous.

Thinking of joining The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018?  Here’s how to do it:


    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. Post a picture of your day look (coffee) and your night look (cocktail) to Instagram to enter yourself.  Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
    5. Grab a graphic and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram:  

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

If you’re attending Frocktails in Sydney this weekend and you wear an outfit you’ve made, get a fab photo taken of your outfit with your cocktail of choice and you’ve already met the cocktails part of the #daynightdresschallenge.

Talk about great timing.