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The Reveal: Day and Night Dress Challenge

Hello my lovely sewing and creative friends, thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Wow, It’s finally my turn and on Friday 13th! Fun Right?  Well here we are Day 6 of this amazing tour. I was asked by Judith Dee if I wanted to participate in a Blog Tour and Challenge which the awesome Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This was hosting. Obviously! The answer is yes, I can’t help but say yes. So read on to be apart of my adventure and don’t forget to follow the links below to the other bloggers on this blogger challenge/tour.

This is quite the challenge, in a nutshell you are to create a day dress that is 100% YOU! It can be any color, texture, and design. I really wanted to make two WOW dresses and hopefully I hit the mark with my choices. I wanted to play with color & texture for the day look. The night dress is all about a special occasion look. As usual I can never pick a simple make, but this time a less complicated design in a magnificent fabric is all I need.

The Day Dress: BurdaStyle 9/2014 Style 130

My goal for this dress, is fun, playful and effortless. Something that I could go shopping with and easily dress up if need be. With the swap of my strappy heels to a comfy white sneakers and casual accessories.

The diamond pattern fabric used on the top was chosen to balance off the black/blue skirt fabric with the red. I knew at first glance the skirt fabric would seem off and not match the red brocade in color or texture. Yet I feel this gives the dress a nice uniqueness and adds a designer touch.

Here is the fabric I used:

Performance Fabric-Diamond Scuba Bonded Mesh Black https://goo.gl/Tpvqte 

Red Floral Brocade from Style Maker Fabrics Salvage Yard https://goo.gl/s6rkFf

Telio Portland Challis Cinematic Blue/White  https://goo.gl/b06lZQ 

The Project

The dress was cut in  a size 38, with no alterations. The instructions were not half bad. I didn’t feel overwhelm and got through rather quickly. Boning was used since it was required, I used Rigilene Polyester Boning , it was the least intimidating form of boning. If you’re like me, I had no clue about the boning process. I did a good bit of lite corset making research to assist with my dress. In the end it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I actually think you could forego the boning if you were working with a mid-weight knit or scuba fabric. Any fabric with stretch and good recovery that can hold the corset like shape will work.

Tip: I learnt that the boning tape mentioned in the Burda instructions refers to the casing for your bones.

The Night Dress: Vogue 1490 Nicola Finetti

I really wanted to go all out with this look, because it was such great challenge for me. I have always wanted to make something breathtaking. But when it came time to cut my dress (BurdaStyle 11/22014 119), I ran out of fabric and had to change my strategy. 

The V1490 is an awesome alternative with its asymmetrical hem and deep neckline. I felt since the pattern was originally designed with an interlining of batting that the texture of my fabric would be a perfect marriage. This is such a pretty fabric and I love the stretch factor and the recovery of it.

My fabric came Joann’s: All That Glitters Collection – Stretch Velvet Burnout Black: https://goo.gl/uezE7b

The Project

V1490 is my second Nicola Finette dress, read about my first experience here. This is fantastic design, I love how the shoulders has a dimple/heart like effect flowing into the sexy neckline.

Here is a quick peek at the inside, as it’s fully lined with a hand stitched zipper.

There are two pleats on the skirt, however they are  double ( where a small pleat goes in one direction and a larger pleats folds over the small) to add volume to the asymmetrical-hem.

I am so happy with this two projects, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick start my sewing in 2017.


Sunday, Jan 8th: Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Brittany of Brittany J Jones

Monday, Jan 9th:  Maria of How Good is That?,  Tonya of Sew So Petite

Tuesday, Jan 10th: Je’Tua of Robertswife, Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, Melanie of Its Melanie Darling

Wednesday, Jan 11th:  Linda of Elle Gee Makes, Tee of Maggie Elaine

Thursday, Jan 12th: Bianca of Thanks I Made Them, Daniela of On the Cutting Floor

Friday, Jan 13th:  Melissa of Mahlicadesigns, Rachel of Sew Redy, Renata of Runnningnstyle, Sonja of Sewing ala Carte

Saturday, Jan 14th: Doja of Elewa blog, Judith of Judith Dee’s World, Tanya of Mrs. Hughes

Don’t forget to enter your day and night looks into the community challenge for a chance to win prizes from these wonderful sponsors:

You can enter your projects here.  Only projects that are entered through the linkup will be eligible for voting.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  

Voting will be available on the entry page from January 29th-February 4th.  After all of the sponsors have been notified, the winners will be announced.



  1. January 13, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    So your night dress is simply FABULOUS!!! All the heart eyes!

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Abbey, Thank you so much and I hope you can get your hands on the pattern and try them.

  2. January 14, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Great makes. Both dresses are so beautiful. The day dress with the different colours and fabrics is so cute. The black dress has a beautiful asymmetrical look. Well done.

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks Sonja, They are both really good sewing projects and didn’t take very long to make. It’s always interesting to see others interpretation of the same design.

  3. January 14, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Well done on both of these Renata. The day dress is a great silhouette on you and it fits well. I like the different fabrics too. They’re unusual fabrics to mix, but on you, they look great. It’s really a fun dress. And the black dress is drama! I love the asymmetrical hem. Thanks for all of your hard work! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you–I’m glad Judith invited you!

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Hey Elizabeth, That day dress is really something, I almost second guess my self. I had a few feedback that were concerned about the color combination. But I could see the end product in my mind and totally went with my gut. Thanks so much for having me. I look forward to the Challenge in 2018 😉 😉

  4. January 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Awesome work sis! That black dress is a killer!

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks Dee, I really love the black one and the fabric is really nice and warm.

  5. January 14, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I love both dresses but I am crushing so hard on your night dress. That is beautiful!!

    • renata
      January 14, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks Rachel, The fabric is just awesome. I love it, it’s s pretty and warm too. Perfect for the night.

  6. January 15, 2017 / 1:49 am

    Renata!! I really really am always so fond of your creations!! Your day dress is like WOAH! You look at it and you’re like WOAH! Because it’s so WOAH! And by that I mean, the amazingly amazing combination of fabrics you use! You added texture, you added colour and you added STYLE! You look gorgeous! I’m so proud on your behalf 🙂
    Now THAT black dress! Lend it to me please? I can’t guarantee I’ll give it back! It is unique, it is a killer! I would wear that dress just to turn heads. In fact I’ll wear that dress just for the mere fact that I want to just wear it! You did a great job on this challenge! I know I talk too much but I really love these!!

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      Hey Doja, Thank you so much, you are so kind. Your work is amazing as well. I too wish I could wear this dress all the time.It packs a good punch. The solid color definitely adds life.

  7. January 15, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Lovely! The hem and necklines on the night dress- so dramatic!!

    • renata
      January 15, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fantastic pattern and the instructions are very good. I highly recommend it 🙂

  8. January 16, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Both of your dresses are stunning, but that black dress — WOW! That’s one fabulous and stylish dress!

    • renata
      January 16, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks Tanya, This was an amazing project with a wonderful group of talented bloggers. 🙂

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