Designin’ December 2017 Prize Sponsors!

Designin’ December 2017 Prize Sponsors!

And now the news you have been waiting for … PRIZE SPONSORS!  I have included their websites here too … just so you can browse ahead of time and pick out the prize you have your sights on!

So we have:

Itch to Stitch has generously donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice from the Itch to Stitch Shop here.

Joannas Art and Cards is generously donating a box set of 12 Art Cards (with envelopes) measuring 5 x 7 inches.  Take a peek at Joanna’s Etsy shop here.


Sense & Sensibility Patterns has kindly donated ONE ePattern to the winner.  Their website is here.

Vintage Pattern Lending Library has generously donated THREE $25 Gift Certificates.  Here’s their Etsy Shop.

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern.  Their website is here.

Paprika Patterns has donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice, take a browse through at their website here.

https://www.paprikapatterns.comNamed Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern to the winner.  Have a browse through their shop for all your options here!

Last of all, we have Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!! (Me).  I will be donating a “Mystery Grab Bag” sewing related, of course!



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!

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?”


  • Follow my blog either by WordPress or by email and leave a comment that you wish to join DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER.  I will share all entries on my blog in December for community voting, linking back to you.
  • On your blog post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER with a link back to here, so other’s can join in AND/OR on your Instagram post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @nicedressthanksimadeit.
  • Join the Facebook Group – Designin’ December – show us your progress, ideas, Designer Original and Designer me-made Copy.
  • Don’t forget to share a comment or two with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challengers.  Everyone loves comments!

REMEMBER we especially want to see your DESIGNER ORIGINAL and YOUR DESIGNER me-made COPY!  Only entries shared on blogs AND/OR Instagram will be entered.

Deadline is December 31, 2017 and winners will be announced the beginning of January 2018.  Winners will be chosen by community vote.  Voters should select the entry that best expresses the spirit of DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER

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

There will be 5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes given away to the Instagram winners who follow @nicedressthanksimadeit mentioning #DESIGNINDECEMBER.

There will be 5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes given away to “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” followers mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER on their own blogs.

EDITED to avoid confusion:  Ten prizes available.  One entry, with as many pieces as you like, per sewist.  Only one prize per sewist/winner.


  • On Twitter post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @LindaMNicedress.
  • 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.

Again, thank you to our generous sponsors for providing all these lovely prizes!  It’s been a joy talking to all of you and getting to know you!

Happy Sewing!






Linda of Lányos Handmade / Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

👜I'm a PDF Sewing Pattern Designer and Maker of stylish, vegan, sustainable, repurposed Handbags and accessories at ✂️I'm a Sewing Blogger at Creator of the #designindecember Sewing Challenge

Reader Comments

  1. I want to join in this year! already picked my outfit. Now searching for the fabrics to make it. Gee this has to be the hardest part of this challenge.

    Looking forward to see what others are making 🙂

    1. Watching from the sidelines is always fun too! 😎We do have one sewist though who usually enters and copies a design from the vintage years, like the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. So that’s certainly allowed. She has the year, the designer, and a photo – like a museum piece. If those eras are of more interest to you, join in!

  2. Having watched from the sidelines before, I’m going to give this a go this year! I have already spotted a great Designer Original, just have to figure out how on earth I’m going to be able to create it based on only one photo! I knew there was a reason why I turn garments inside out when I’m in shops. I never buy them, just want to know how they were made!

  3. I would love joining this designin’ December challenge. I’m working on a designer copy right now. Sounds like fun.

  4. Ooh I’m glad this is until end of December! I am planning to make my first coat – hopefully I can get it done in time!! I at least have all my supplies 🙂

    1. No start-sewing date. Some people complained (gently) that sewing in December was impossible. You can sew and post anytime referring DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER and I will repost your Designer me-made Copies in December on my blog and other social media. We vote first post in January. Sorry if I was confusing in my rules. I quite often am confused! 🤪😂 So ready, set, sew anytime!

        1. Gosh! You’re just blasting right through this aren’t you! Putting me to shame! 😂 I did just tell a sewist somewhere on social media “one prize per sewist/winner”, which basically means pick your “winner” Designer me-made Copy for the Challenge! I suggested that if she makes a jacket and a skirt, two things, one entry, for example, it would be a grand submission to have the whole outfit. Have fun with it!

  5. This looks like so much fun! I’d love to enter but I think I may have left it a bit too late – maybe I’ll start preparing inspiration, etc, for next year!

    Also, this will probably sound like the dumbest question ever, but do you have to have a Facebook account to enter?

    1. That’s okay! You’re welcome to stick around and watch! No you do not need Facebook to enter. Although I am everywhere, I will be collecting votes on a poll on my blog and likes on Instagram. You can enter on my blog by letting me know you’re in and then where/when you’ve got photos up or enter on IG #designindecember or on both to double your chances. (And no question is ever dumb) 😁👍

      1. Thank you so much for letting me know – and for saying it wasn’t a dumb question! 😀 I’m still thinking about pushing myself to enter this year, but I’m going to have to think a bit first and do some planning, see if it would be possible to pull it off before the 31st! Even if I don’t end up entering this year, I’ll be checking out the other entries and keeping up with things for sure!!

  6. Hurray! I’m still on time 🙂 My entry is up on the blog with mentions to the Designin’ December challenge! This dress was one of the greatest sewing accomplishments of 2017. It looks just like the original, and fits me perfectly!

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