I love December … holidays, family, giving …  DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER!

Have you chosen which Designer Original you would like to copy?  Or perhaps, like me, you are already working on your COPY of your Designer Original?

There is so much inspiration out there to feed our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER ideas … dream garments in the stores, in magazines, on social media … the Fashion Runway… so many beautiful garments!  I say, “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

I plan on making a COPY of these Designer Original garments …

Ellery Neu

… using these patterns, McCall’s M6896 view E and New Look 6433 view A.  I’ll have to make a few alterations to the patterns to get the results I want.


You’ve been reading about my plans for my COPY of my Designer Original.  Leave a comment on any of my posts during DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER that you want to join in or have finished your COPY of your Designer Original and I’ll share your photos and story on my blog!


Just to spice things up a little, this DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, after collecting all your makes, I’ll ask the readers to vote on their favourite and pick The DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2016 WINNER – along with winning the “Title”, there will be a small prize donated by Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!  Although, just by participating in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER you are already a WINNER because you have a Designer Original – better and for less money!

Give it some thought, there’s an abundance of inspiration out there, and join in on the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge. I have collected some inspiration here and on my Pinterest board, DESIGNER FASHION!

Tory Burch
Yigal Azrouël Eyelet Embroidered Denim Trousers
Valentino Vintage

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?” If you want a designer garment too, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge!


  • On your blog post a photo of your Designer Original and YOUR COPY of your Designer Original, 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, or download the image and then upload it onto your blog.
  • Leave a comment here on my blog and I’ll post your Designer Original and YOUR 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 few with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER cohorts. 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 Original and YOUR COPY to the board.
  • Post your Designer Original and YOUR COPY on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #DESIGNINDECEMBER.
  • Don’t forget to “grab” a DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER button on your way out!

Happy Sewing!

24 thoughts on “It’s DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2016!

  1. The Versace Dress kind of resembles Vogue 9150

    1. It does! Just choose the right fabrics colours/patterns, throw in some black for contrast, and you’ve got a Versace! Makes me wonder which came first the Vogue or the Versace? LOL 🙂

  2. That Burberry dress is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what you make !

  3. I love this idea!!! I’m in the middle of a designer original and can’t wait to share! I’ll be happy to participate here!!! I’m a new blogger too, so the inspiration to write about it is perfect for me. Thanks!!

    1. Your welcome! Most of us see something we like and copy it for ourselves with our sewing skills anyway. So why not make a determined effort to copy a Designer Original in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER?

  4. I do love the Valentino Vintage. Throw a little jacket (to hide the age related batwings) in the mix and I would look like a million bucks. Now, not to worry, I am not asking you to make “yet” another outfit for the sister……but you never know what the spring will be.

    I am looking forward to seeing your outfit when it is finished. Good on you.

    1. We will get your jacket and skirt finished and then next summer you can buy more and we will get started all over again! Just keep looking! 😃👍

  5. I have just created my Designin’ December Kick-off post. I am not very patient with figuring out how to add badges and things, so forgive me for not linking those – but I am out of the blocks today!

    1. Perfect! That’s okay if you’re not too “techie” with the buttons and badges, just mention my blog to let others know! Looking forward to seeing what you make!

      1. I am just about done! this was more difficult than I thought….my dress looks a but like the country cousin of the designer original, but I love it!

        1. That’s great! It’s your copy of the Designer Original! I’ll keep my eyes open for your post and include it in my post and social media so everyone can see.

  6. Hi Linda. So I now have my plan. I’ll post it later today on instagram and twitter. I hadn’t forgotten about this!

    1. That’s great! I’ll mention it here next post. Looking forward to seeing it when done!

      1. Is it fine with you if I go vintage, and use real fabric this time, even if it’s a donated piece!!

        1. No problem. There have always been fashion designs and styles whether in Marilyn Monroe’s time or our’s. If you have an Original to copy then that’s the one! 🎊💃🎉

  7. Oooo, you’re going to be busy, but so looking forward to seeing all of them!! 🙂

    1. Hahaha – I like being busy… and I have a few days off work too during DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, what better way to spend them than sewing!

  8. Ohhhh that skirt is so great. Can’t wait to see your version! I’m on a crunch for time since I’m crocheting a mermaid tail blanket for my niece and I have a baby blanket to do for a friend, but I can’t wait to see what everyone comes with.

    1. Thank you! Keep in mind there is always next year! Start early!

      1. Good call. I’ll need to pay more attention on to find something I want to copy! 🙂

  9. How can I post my pic to your Pinterest board?? Thanks!

    1. Hello! You follow the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER BOARD and I can then ADD you as a contributor and then you have access to add photos to the board. I’m at the mall now but I shall check again when I get home. Hohoho!

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