Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge: Coffee and Cocktails

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday and great start to the new year! My year has started in a less than ideal way with knee surgery for me. This is my third knee operation in two years and the second on my right knee. This has resulted in a radical slow down of sewing for myself, for others and teaching others to sew. It was pretty discouraging to think about a complete clearing of my creative calendar and being bedridden for weeks on end.

As I was scheduling my surgery, the planning of the Day and Night Challenge hosted by Elizabeth Made This began. I participated in it last year and really enjoyed the dresses I made, connecting with other bloggers and getting inspired by what they all made. If I planned things carefully, I would be able to take part again and still be creative while on the mend.

The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018

This year's theme is  Coffee and Cocktails The goal is to make a dress that can work for a coffee date with a friend, and another for a night at a cocktail party. I was so excited about the theme, I got to planning right away. I was so inspired I was able to make my cocktail dress before last week's surgery! Because I wanted to have something to look forward to while off my feet for weeks, I have planned to hand sew my day dress. I am auditioning patterns to use,but will definitely be using some organic cotton jersey from Nature's Fabrics.

In addition to serving alongside other bloggers and vloggers, I am also sponsor of a small prize for a participant. One of them/you will receive one of my  High Functioning Sewciopath t-shirts. 
This challenge is open to everyone and prizes are awarded by random drawing! Simply tag your looks #dayandnightdresschallenge and tag Elizabeth @elizabethmadethis to be sure she finds you. For full rules and ongoing news about the challenge, please  read along on her blog.

I will post what I can on my Instagram leading up to my reveal post next month.

I hope you will join in the fun!

Happy Sewing,


  1. Sorry to hear about needing another knee surgery. I pray that you get better soon.

    This is such an interesting challenge. I look forward to seeing your dress.

    1. Thanks so much! I pray this is the repair that ends my knee problems. I am excited about this challenge too, hope you can join in.

  2. Glad you're able to do a little sewing while you're recovering. I'm sure your ideas will be amazing!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! Being able to sew is one thing to keep me sane. I hope I can make the most of this time.

  3. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Knee surgery is tough- if there are exercises to do, do them religiously. I can't wait to see what you sew! You make such beautiful clothes.

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