I was wondering if I would manage to finish a single set of day and night dresses for the Day and Night Dress Challenge, but I ultimately finished two!
This is my second set of Day and Night dresses and my second challenge entry.
Another Arum dress for day:
And another Panama Tee dress for night:
These are just a little different from my previous versions of these patterns. On the Arum, I added 3″ of length to make it a little more office appropriate. A small change, but one that will make it much more wearable in spring and summer when I do not wear tights or pantyhose.
This Panama Tee dress is made straight from the pattern this time, without the tank and length modifications I made to my previous versions.
The Arum is made from a bird print rayon sateen that I picked up last spring from Blackbird Fabrics. I wish I could express in writing just how soft and silky this fabric is! But shockingly it did not stretch out while sewing it. In other words, it’s the holy grail of rayon that I am unlikely to ever encounter again.
For this Panama Tee dress, I went with a simple black velvet from Stylish Fabrics. I used the knee-length version of the pattern and the long sleeves. I did have to cut about 2″ off the sleeves because those suckers are loooong! I don’t have particularly short arms, but the sleeves were comically long on me as drafted.
I’ve really been enjoying the velvet trend this year, but I’m wondering whether it will stick around long enough to make it worth it for me to take on one last project. I’d love to make a simple, slightly fitted velvet top to wear to the office. Maybe in a nice mauve or purple.
These patterns are both still among my new favorites. I’ve always been a separates girl in the past, but I’m really warming up to dresses this year. Particularly easy-to-make, easy-to-wear dresses like these ones.
I foresee a lot more simple dresses in my spring and summer wardrobe — for both work and play!