Consider the following:
To disappear in an instant:
To change overnight:
I was unable to find example sentences containing 一夜で and 一晩にして on WWWJDIC's example search which is why I marked 3 and 6 with asterisks.
My choice of verbs なくなる and 変わる are entirely arbitrary and are there to make the phrase sound complete. (I did not purposefully select verbs to complement the time expression, and if my chosen verbs are iffy please substitute them accordingly)
- When is で used and when is にして used?
- What is the difference between 1 and 2 above?
- Are phrases 3 through 6 possible?
- Is the choice between で and にして limited by the kind of time expression that comes before it, or are they idiosyncratic? (i.e. unique to a particular way of saying and there's no justification or predictable rule)
- Is the choice between で and にして limited by the kind of verbs that comes after the time adverbs, or are they idiosyncratic?