DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Sewing, Sewing Challenges



I cannot believe that, so far, I have not only survived my first year of my “RTW Fast”, but have also enjoyed finding the holes in my wardrobe and filling them up.  I am even considering doing the RTW Fast again next year! 🙂

But then again, I was never a keen clothes shopper.  I am always the strange lady who wanders into a clothing store, picks at garments and then says “I could probably make this … maybe for less money, and maybe even better!”  If I only had the time to sew it all!  Does anyone else out there think the same?

Now that the year is finishing up though, I am considering rewarding myself.  The month of November is a special month for me, being my Blogversary month (2 fun-filled years – Thank you!) and my Birthday month (never mind the # of years!) – it seems like a good month to reward myself for not clothes shopping.

And… My Reward, I have decided, will be a designer outfit.  Like many, I take my inspiration for my sewing projects from what I see – certainly other sewing or fashion bloggers, the pattern companies (Big 4 and the Indies), RTW stores, Fashion Designers, the Runway …  Even Pretty Grievances gives me ideas with her “Wearable Wednesday” posts, although the most recent one had a lot of see-through clothes!

One of Pretty Grievances’ posts that caught my eye was about the designer, Marina Hoermanseder.

Marina Hoermanseder

I want this outfit.  Well except for the too short shorts.  Not suitable for the office, nor my age, at all.  So perhaps I want “longer” shorts … or culottes, instead?

I could use my Vogue V7975 for my jacket…


and my McCalls M6965 for my culottes…


and I’ve found my fabrics and my lining…


So it’s decided.  I have a “PLAN”.

I’ve shown you my designer outfit by Marina Hoermanseder and in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER I will show you MY COPY of this designer outfit.

Have you ever wanted designer clothing?  Perhaps a designer scarf, like this?


or a designer top, like …

Vintage Christian Dior

or a designer dress, like …

Steven Alan

or a designer coat, like a …

Marks & Spener Collection

or how about an original Stella McCartney?

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney

As you can see, I have collected a few inspirations here and much more on my Pinterest board, DESIGNER FASHION!

So why buy when you can make it yourself?  If you want a designer garment too, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge!


  • On your blog post a photo of your Designer Garment and YOUR COPY of that designer garment, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here so other’s can join in.
  • Grab a DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER button.  The code on my side bar can be copied and pasted into a Text Widget on WordPress.  It also works on other blogging platforms too.
  • Leave a comment here on my blog and I’ll post your Designer Photo and YOUR COPY on my blog, with a link back to you.
  • Don’t forget to share a comment or few with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER members.  Everyone loves comments!

Other ways to participate:

  • 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 so you can add your Designer Photo and YOUR COPY to the board.
  • Post your Designer Photo and YOUR COPY on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #DESIGNINDECEMBER.

Don’t forget to “grab” a DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER button!

Happy Sewing!

It was a beautiful Sunday today, we did the CIBC Run for the Cure!


51 thoughts on “DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER!”

  1. What a fabulous idea. I love your outfit inspirations and am looking forward to seeing your version. Designin December sounds great. I have a need for a new winter coat and am hankering after a Gaultier one. Will it be running until the end of Dec? If so the please count me in. Xx

    1. Thank you! Yes, I know that some garments might be quick and easy and some quite complicated and take time so this couple of months lead time is a good idea. And yes I am willing to run with this during all of December… I always want everything now! But the last month of the year will be a great time to have a DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER party!

  2. I’m notorious for the ‘I could make this’ response in clothes shops. I like your plan, I’d vote for culottes with the jacket, a different twist on a classic look.

  3. ““I could probably make this … maybe for less money, and maybe even better!” If I only had the time to sew it all! Does anyone else out there think the same?”
    Sorry my project is running straight thru until (probably) December, but wish you the very best with your Designin December – your ideas for that outfit look grand! Best wishes!!

  4. It’s one of my daughter’s abiding memories of clothes shopping that I would make that sort of comment sometime through the day. I think we probably all do once we have learned to see.
    I love your Designin’ December idea. I will give it some thought and get back to you!

  5. Fabulous idea – I have had an unintentional RTW fast and I also find it hard to buy things when know I can make my own. I would love to join in if I can find the right project!


  6. Yep, I’m one of those “strange ladies” too, who feel fabric, look at seams and turn garments inside-out to look at labels. I try not to mutter while I’m doing this (I don’t have a daughter to go shopping with, who I could make embarrassed with comments), but it’s tempting to make judgements about the clothing in stores. Great idea about Designin December. I think your outfit will look super. I have a Ralph Rucci pattern in my stash which I would love to make. But I’m seriously over-stretched on the making front, so I’m not sure if I will get time to do this before the end of December. I wish I was either a faster sewer or I didn’t have to go to work!

    1. Yes, I embarrassed my kids once by having a coughing fit in a huge airport. They moved to different seats, which made me laugh & cough! Thanks for the compliments and if you change your mind or think of a smaller/easier garment, just let me know! (Yes, if I ever win a lottery and don’t have to work, you all know what I’ll be doing!)

  7. Sounds fun, but I’m not very good at sewing deadlines! I’ll give it some thought, and see if I can think of something fairly simple and therefore less stressful… Your plan sounds great! 🙂

  8. This sounds like an excellent idea and I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with! It’s funny because I’ve just been thinking about making some culottes myself using the Holly pattern hack here:
    Culottes are obviously ‘a thing’ at the moment. I’m going to mull this one over and have a think and get back to you!

  9. Oh, that is a big challenge you’ve issued. (Your fabric and pattern selections are marvelous, btw) I will give it some thought….so far my one attempt to do this sort of thing has not come together very well. curses. Checked out your pinterest board, nice stuff there!

  10. I would love to join in on your Designin’ December but my “seamstress” is really busy right now. I feel I should let her finish up some of her own projects before I come up with another “designer copy” for her to work on. I will keep coming back here to have a look at all the projects that are under construction. All you seamstresses do such beautiful work, I am usually beside myself.

  11. That sounds like a great way to celebrate such a special month! I love the look of the ensemble you’re planning to make and I can’t wait to see you pull it all together. If I weren’t in the middle of trying to catch up on my own sewing project, I’d join in. Instead, I’ll happily watch and see what other people make.

  12. I NEVER say things that embarrass my kids (did you hear that…? they just groaned.) All kidding aside, good on you, what a great idea. Can’t wait to see your designer outfit when it’s finished.

  13. What a great idea – – to copy a designer outfit. This is right up my alley and I love your project and will have to give a bit of thought to the possibility of a project of my own! December seems like a great time to do this, as it’s the only month all year I actually have a few events to attend that require a ‘special’ outfit. But it’s also the busiest month for me as I sing in a professional choir with lots of holiday gigs, so my participation is a ‘maybe’ right now. Regardless, I will so look forward to seeing everyone’s makes, especially yours. I also loved that designer when I first learned of them on Pretty Grievances. Great choice of fabric and patterns!

    1. Thank you! I think I have seen a post of your’s where you did this! Keep us in mind. I wanted to give everyone an early start, including myself! One of my patterns is actually marked “easy” so that should help! Just because a designer did it, doesn’t mean that it has to be difficult!

  14. Great idea and a wonderful excuse to go surfing designer websites and make new clothes. I intend to join in and let’s hope nothing gets in the way. Thank you for hosting.

  15. Wonderful idea! Sadly, I am away for the whole of December or I would definitely do this. I look forward to everyone’s contributions!

  16. I am in love with your inspiration!!! I am excited to see your take on it, your ideas are fantastic. My god friend told me that sewing would change, how I shop. She said you just wait and see. She was right. Like you I pick at the garment…and say oh I can make this in a better quality fabric for less in the color I want etc. So I can totally relate. Happy sewing and I look forward to your big reveal!!

  17. What a fun idea! This is right up my alley, but since I tend to have the same problem as you (“Oh, I could make that, and for less!*” *If I had an infinite amount of time…), I may not make the deadline. But I will certainly try in earnest, and will definitely follow along–high fashion is a huge source of inspiration for me, and I am sure that’s the case for a lot of us. Now to go inspiration shopping/pinning! =)

  18. What planet was I on when you posted this?!?! So glad I’ve not missed the boat! I’m in!! I have a posh do to go to and need a posh frock in November. Can I save my post til Decrmber and use the frock!? 😀

    1. oops! Almost slipped by you! Definitely sew whenever and we will post in December. I think the important thing is to show and copy a designer look as best as you can. Let’s show the world was an itty bitty seamstress can do. Some ideas will be big and some small. Some will take more time and some less. The important thing is copying something special you want but don’t want to buy and we will share and tell in December. Thanks for joining in and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! 🙂

  19. I love this post.. of course I am always day dreaming about a few pieces here and there… and would dare to attempt them.. in my head but never follow through.. 🙂 This is a tempting Challenge Linda…. let me have a think.. better yet a search on what that outfit could be.. 🙂

  20. I would love to join you on this! Alas I will have to pass, I’ll be living out of a hotel for the month of December so it’s just not feasible. Next time though, I’m in! 🙂

    1. Thank you! You are a fine sewist so I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with – original and your copy! This one is my one and only baby! I am happy to host it. It’s just how I think about sewing, whether you make a copy of a Pashmina scarf or a Chanel suit, make something special for yourself, with care and quality, something you can be proud of!

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