Monday, January 22, 2018

The “Day and “Night” Dress Challenge 2018

I had a question posed to be a few weeks ago...

    Question: ”I’ve invited you to be a featured blogger/vlogger in the “Day and Night Dress 2018” challenge. I’d love for you to be a part of it if you can!

    My response should have been HECK YEA!! (With no hesitation!). However, silly me was more interested (at that time) in what were the rules, schedules and such! Well, once I took a look at the 2017 challenge, I knew this was a HUGE honor to be included with other very talented sewing bloggers/vloggers! (I digress! That’s what I get for not being in the know!).  So now I am introducing to you, the Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018! (Pop over and take a quick look at all the featured blogger/vloggers!)
There are quite a few sponsors with great prizes! And yes you to have an opportunity to participate in the challenge! Here are the rules:

  1. Sew two you’d wear with a friend for coffee and one you’d wear with a friend for cocktails!
  2. Let others know about it by using the #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram.  Then follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook Group
  3. Keep reading the Elizabeth Made This blog for updates and follow her on Instagram and Facebook
  4. Post a picture of your day look (coffee) and your night look (cocktail) to Instagram and Facebook to enter yourself. Don’t forget to tag @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
  5. Grab the graphic (above) and post it on your site and/or repost on Instagram.
That’s it!  I would love to see some of you who I enjoy watching and commenting on participate in this challenge! (You know who you are! LOL!) I’m really excited and hope I have inspired you!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

McCalls 7886, A Top and PJs (Get some tea...A long post!)

OMG! It was truly a wonderful feeling to find out a new hobby lobby opens up in my area!  I went inside just to snoop around and see if there were any fabrics or patterns and to my happiness…Yes!  I found the patterns were on sale for $1.99 and the fabric was on sale as well. So I ended up getting one pattern and one piece of fabric. (I didn’t have much time because I hadn’t planned on shopping at the fabric store)

What did I get? This absolutely gorgeous rayon jersey, black with pink roses!
I also picked up this McCall’s pattern 7686. Now I have to tell you, for some reason I have really taken a liking to the off shoulder look of last season.  I’ve already made three tops and or dresses with this look (one of them being my little maids costume from the previous post).
I can’t tell you how much I really like this cute little top and while I know some of you are donning heavy sweaters due to the winter season (sorry!), here in Florida it’s not too bad and I can still wear it.
  I really didn’t make any alterations to the pattern because it fit me very well. I made one adjustment and that was purely because I like my tops a little longer...I lenthened the top by 3 inches.  It was also SUPER quick to make and with only 3 pattern pieces, it took me approximately two hours to make. 

I will definitely be making this top again!

I would highly recommend this pattern if you like this particular style!

Next up, my PJs! I use them for loungewear as well and really didn’t have many pairs of nice PJs I could wear in front of company so I’m setting out to make more...and after these to pairs, I’ll definitely be making more!

I used the same pattern for the bottoms of both pair of PJs. It was the pattern Simplicity 8212:

For the first pair, I used the “Itch to Stitch” Arenal Top pattern. I’ve used this pattern before to create another top and really liked the “high/lo” hem version...I used the straight hem version for this pair of PJs.  
Both fabrics were from Knitpop...I won an auction last year and these two pieces were included. The varigated (grey & white) fabric is soooooo soft! I truly don’t profess to know all there is to know about fabric, but I think this may be something called “double brushed” polyester knit (dbp). It has a 2-way stretch and the dark grey is a “ribbed” knit.  I really love these PJs. 

For the second pair, I used the Simplicity 8435 pattern. This my first time using this pattern and it turned out really nice! I love the instructions in this pattern!  I’ve never made a button placket like this before, but didn’t have to worry because the instructions were AWESOME!
I altered this “bodysuit” to a shorty top and truly loved how it turned out!  Again, this fabric was from the Knitpop auction and is also a 2-way stretch knit with a “waffle” type pattern.  I used a black knit from my stash as contrast fo the neckband and button placket and ditched the buttons for pearl snaps...LOVE IT!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I totally look forward to bringing you lots more this year! I pray you all are having a great start to this brand new year!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

A French Maid...

Hello and Happy New year everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed their time with family and friends...and now you’re ready to start a whole new year, I know I am! But before I get to move on to the new year, I have one last piece I’d like to share with you that came in right at the end of 2017!

This quick little project started when my husband and I received an invitation to a New Year’s eve “Murder Mystery” dinner fun we thought and graciously excepted!  Everyone was given characters via email so they could prepare...nice! My husband’s character was  “Reverend Will Be Done“ and I, was “Cinders“ the French maid. Since I had never been to a costume party in my entire life I was giddy with enthusiasm! So I quickly wanted to make a costume for myself!

I thought in my head what a French maid looks like and Googled a few photos. Then set out to create something which was really easy once I found a pattern to match what I had in my head, LOL!

I started with Butterick pattern B6129 view A (red) version for the bodice...
I used one of my pencil skirt TNT slopers to create the bottom half of the dress.  My fabric was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and is a black woven with a slight stretch to it, very lightweight and perfect for this project.

Of course what French maid would be without an apron? While I was at JoAnn fabrics, I also purchased some beautiful white fabric that had a little bit of a sheen to it as well.  Not sure of the fabric content, but after putting the apron together, I realized I should have interfaced it to make it a little stiffer. (I did interface the waistband).  I even found the perfect trim for the apron!...

I even purchased enough of the trim to use on the dress, as well as make a little maids headband too!   Let’s just say I was very satisfied with the entire look once done!

The host of the party was just as thrilled with my costume as I was! This made me feel totally awesome that I nailed my character all the way down to my fishnet stockings! LOL!  My first costume party and it was a success! My husband and I had so much fun and brought the new year in with great friends!

...and the other best thing about this costume, I can remove the white trim around the shoulder of the dress and have a brand new little black dress I can where for any occasion!

We were both filled with holiday cheer by this time! LOL!

So with this, I wish you all a very happy, fun filled, blessed and prosperous new year!

Happy Sewing!