“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” … for Designin’ December 2018!

I know.  I completely stole the image and the quote.  Thank you White Rabbit for helping me illustrate my panic!  LOL  (illustration by Sir John Tenniel and written by Lewis Carroll)

NO, NO it isn’t too late!  Chill!  It’s not too late to start … keep working on it … and finish!  I am myself just finishing off on my pants (photos this weekend?) and I plan to do more cutting and sewing this weekend on my tunic top of  my Designer me-made Copy of this Designer Original – an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

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Keep in mind though, I do NOT wear pink, so I am using this green for my pants.  What would you call it “Emerald”? “Shamrock”?  No matter, I love it and I don’t have anything like it in my closet!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Now that I am at the hem-up-my-pants stage, I wonder … Should a person who is 5’5″ on a good day wear “shorter” pants, like this model?  Also, I can’t tell from this Designer Original photo, but are there “slits” in the sides of these pant leg bottoms?  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, please!

Oh!  I have news!  We have another DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 Sponsor!

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Another Rosie© Bag and the Circle Craft Christmas Market

The holidays are fast approaching and along with organizing and sewing for Designin’ December, I have been asked and have decided to make a few Rosie© Bags as gifts.  I have a few cut out and I’ll be slipping the finished Bags on here as they get done, so you can have a look at them too!

My first request was for one exactly the same as the one I made for my sister, with a lighter coloured lining though – if I had it.  After all, I try to use stash and repurposed fabrics and supplies so sometimes the colour choices, etc. are not available!  But I found enough for this bag, and maybe even one more!  

My pieces are cut and interfaced properly.

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Refashion …

to fashion (something) again or differently; remake; alter.

I know I have made patterns exactly according to instructions, and I’ve also made them in my own haphazard way.  Refashioning this cardigan was something new for me!

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My sister bought this cardigan on-line.  As soon as it arrived she knew that it was NOT what was pictured in the catalogue photo.  She was disgusted with her purchase and asked me to take it off her hands.  Do whatever I wanted with it.

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Designin’ December 2018 UPDATE – ANOTHER Prize Sponsor!!!

Gotta love those early morning emails!  This morning I  got word that another prize sponsor was joining us!  I hope you are all planning, digging into that fabric, cutting or sewing because now you have a chance to win one of 17 Prizes in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018!  

Today I welcome … (as usual, click on the names to head to their shops)

Spool & Spindle

http://spoolandspindle.ca

Spool & Spindle – gift certificate worth CAN $25

 

Spool & Spindle joins our other generous PRIZE SPONSORS …

Style Arc

https://www.stylearc.com/shop/

Style ARC – gift voucher worth AUS $50

 

Andrea Designs

https://www.andriedesigns.com/

Andrie Designs – PDF pattern bundle of 3 bag patterns

Emmaline Bags

https://emmalinebags.com

Emmaline Bags – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

@FiberstoFabric (Instagram)

https://www.instagram.com/fiberstofabric/

Fibers to Fabric – gift certificate worth USD $25, along with goods worth USD $25 chosen by Fibers to Fabric

Funky Monkey Fabrics

https://funkymonkeyfabrics.com

Funky Monkey Fabrics – gift certificate worth CAN $25

Helen’s Closet

https://helenscloset.ca

Helen’s Closet – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Itch to Stitch

https://itch-to-stitch.com

Itch to Stitch – two PDF patterns for two winners to choose

JCVArtStudio (Instagram)

https://www.instagram.com/jcvartstudio/

JCV Art Studio – pack of 10 art cards with envelopes

Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H

https://www.mrs-h.com

Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Named Patterns

https://www.namedclothing.com

Named Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

https://nicedressthanksimadeit.com

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! – a mystery sewing grab bag

Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns

https://www.paulinealice.com/my-sewing-patterns/

Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

SBCC Patterns

https://www.sbccpatterns.com

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Sense & Sensibility

https://sensibility.com/blog/category/patterns/

Sense & Sensibiliity – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice and one Vintage ebook

Vintage Pattern Lending Library (Etsy)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintagePatternGirl

Vintage Pattern Lending Library (Etsy) – gift certificate worth USD $25

 

Now, just in case this is the last post you read before you start your Designer me-made Copy, let me go over the details just one more time!

 

WHAT IS THE DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER CHALLENGE?

We have all seen something we LOVE either in the stores, online or on the runways, but don’t actually want to buy for some reason.  So I propose that we sew that garment that we see/want.  Now if you are lucky and you already have an exact pattern, either an indie pattern, your own self-drafted, or a “Big 4” pattern, that you can use – then go for it!  If you have to alter a pattern that you already have, or draft your own pattern, you can do that too.  Whatever works for you.  Let’s make what we see and want!  (Remember Vintage Designer fashion is allowed too!)  Good luck in your search!  😁👍

Show us your Designer Original photo and how you put together your Designer me-made COPY.

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

Looking for more ideas?  Check out my “DESIGNER FASHION” Pinterest board here, OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group (closed group).   (Find it through my Facebook page.).  Where will you find your inspiration?

 

How to participate in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER:

  • On your blog post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here, so other’s can join in.
  • OR on IG post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @nicedressthanksimadeit.  Don’t forget to follow/tag our wonderful PRIZE SPONSORS!
  • OR on Twitter post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @LindaMNicedress.
  • OR send your email address to me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send you an invite to join the “DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER” Pinterest board here so you can add your Designer Original  and your Designer me-made COPY to the board.
  • OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group (closed group).  You will be able to post your questions, comments, progress, and your Designer  Original and your Designer me-made COPY.  We post inspiration too!
  • Don’t forget to leave a comment here on my blog and I’ll post your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY for you on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, with a link back to you – whether you have made it already, are in the process of making it, or plan on making it… let me know!
  • Don’t forget to share a comment or two with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challengers.  Everyone loves comments!

Download this year’s LOGO now and then upload it onto your social media.

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How to be eligible for prizes in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER:

If you would like a chance to win FAB prizes from our generous sponsors, you’ll need to SHARE your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY with us like this:

  • On my blog:  Follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” and leave a comment that you are joining in and I’ll post your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY for you on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, with a link back to you.
  • Then on your blog:  post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here so other’s can join in.
  • There’s another chance to win on Instagram:  share a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY tagging them #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @nicedressthanksimadeit.  Don’t forget to follow/tag our wonderful PRIZE SPONSORS! 
  • After DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, there will be a vote for the blog entries and a vote for the Instagram entries.  Two possible chances to win, one prize per winner.

Only entries using the above two methods (blog and/or Instagram) will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 31st December 2018 Midnight GMT.

 

Happy Sewing!

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What was that you said … another Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsor?

Yes, it’s true!  In the early hours of this morning, my first email received, I heard from another generous DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSOR!  (As usual, click on their names for a “bee-line” to their shops!)

Style Arc

https://www.stylearc.com/shop/

Style ARC – donating a gift voucher worth AUS $50

 

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Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsors!

This is going to be a LOOONG post!  This year, I’m so pleased at the number, and the variety, of prize donations that have been offered up by our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS!  I must admit this is my favourite post of the year – these PRIZE SPONSORS just brighten up my blog!  

No more delay – our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS in alphabetical order.  (Check out their websites too – click on their names – browse around, pick out the prize you want to win!) Continue reading

Or, perhaps maybe I am …

Of course, the only reason Canadians have Thanksgiving is to “celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the last year”.  I don’t have a harvest, but every Thanksgiving our family says “Thank you” for what we have.  This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my list to “Be Thankful” for is very long – but then I am always one to add more to my Be Thankful list than my “What a Bummer” list …

One thing on my Be Thankful list is the number of wonderful sewists, bloggers, Instgrammers, Fabric companies and Pattern makers out there that make my hobby so much more interesting.

Now on that topic, you might have seen a flurry of weird activity on my part on you blog today.  It seems for about a month or two I haven’t been getting my usual email notifications that you have posted something new (on my Bummer list!)  I wasn’t sure if it was an iPad problem, as I always use my iPad and only occasionally use my laptop.  I also only occasionally look at the WordPress Reader to find out what you have been working on.  More often than not, I sit on the bus to work and back (now 1.5 hours each way – on my Bummer list!), reading emails with copies of your new posts that are sent to me.  I haven’t been getting those emails and have been wondering if anyone else out there is actually blogging anymore!   Continue reading

McCall’s M7390 – I sort of like it.

I bought this pattern, McCall’s M7390, a while ago and have waited all this time to find a striped fabric that would work.  I did find a 100% linen with wide uneven stripes which I liked, but when the sales person measured it up, there was only 1.4 m left on the bolt.  My pattern said I needed 1.6.  Oh so what … I bought it anyway.  I’ll just have to make the short sleeved version with no pockets.  Hopefully I can make the short sleeved version, instead of the no sleeved version!

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I was very pleased that the stripes on this fabric were properly placed along the grain.  Sometimes they make a real mess of things – you follow the grain and your stripes are at an angle!

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How to make a simple sewing machine cover …

And keep your cats out of your stuff!

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As you can probably guess, not having a proper sewing room, Simon and Sophie love getting into my stuff!  (I use a small sewing cabinet on wheels, which I love.  It lets me sew in any room or corner of the house!)  Before today, I covered my sewing cabinet with a towel and my sewing machine with an old tee shirt – classy, huh?  

I decided it was time to protect my sewing cabinet with a washable mat and protect whichever sewing machine I was using with a proper cover.

The sewing mat was quite easy.  I measured the cabinet top.  The bottom black layer of the mat was cut from a pre-quilted cotton remanent.  The top layer was cut from a remanent of the fabric I used to make this swimsuit cover up.  I just sewed the two layers together and added black bias tape around the edges.  Easy to wash and handy for poking the odd pin into too!

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Are you ready for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018?

Have you picked out your Designer Original and the fabric you need to make your Designer me-made COPY?  Or are you just in the planning stages – don’t worry … there’s lots of time to sew before DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018!

Ever since the first DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER (2015) I’ve seen many fabulous garments in stores, magazines, online, on social media, on runways … so many beautiful garments!  And I say,

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

I’ve seen plenty of fabulous Designer Originals, like this dress from Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Which led me to this tunic and trousers, again Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 … which I want so bad!  Perhaps not in pink (I’m not a pink type of girl!) and perhaps with a tunic that is a bit shorter (so I don’t look stumpy!) and perhaps with sleeves a bit shorter too (so they don’t get caught in the filing cabinets at work).  Where AM I going with this?

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