The second Designin’ December 2017 Challenger …

We have a another Designin’ December 2017 Challenger!  Diane of Dream Cut Sew.  Diane found her inspiration with this Valentino, her Designer Original …


and after a bit of pattern hacking, she finished her Designer me-made Copy.  I love the vertical stripes mixed with the horizontal stripes.

You can browse more detailed photos and read all about how she made her Designer me-made Copy here and also on her Instagram account

Have you got a favourite designer? A favourite designer garment that you would LOVE to own but would never buy?  Find your Designer Original photo and your pattern, and make your Designer me-made Copy!

Carolina Herrera



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!  Are you a fan of Vintage or Historic fashion, or Re-fashioning, you can do that too!  Whatever works for you.  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, Bloglovin, email, etc. and leave a comment that you wish to join DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER.  I will share all entries on my blog in December, for community voting in January, 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.
  • AND/OR on your Instagram post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @nicedressthanksimadeit.

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.  One entry, with as many pieces as you like, per sewist.  Only one prize per sewist/winner.

The sewing and posting deadline is December 31, 2017 and winners will be voted on and announced the beginning of January 2018 (dates to come yet).  Winners will be chosen by community vote.  Voters should select the entry that best expresses the spirit of DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER!

5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes for Instagram winners who follow @nicedressthanksimadeit tagging #DESIGNINDECEMBER and 5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes for blog winners who follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” and  mention DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER on their own blogs.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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.

Named Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern to the winner.  Have a browse through their shop for all your options here!

And me, Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!  I will be donating a “Mystery Grab Bag” sewing related, of course!

Happy Sewing!





13 thoughts on “The second Designin’ December 2017 Challenger …

  1. These are stunning! I love a good pair of wide leg pants.

    1. I love the drape of the fabric Diane used.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring me Linda! I really enjoyed this challenge, it was such fun to do.

    1. It is fun, isn’t it! I love seeing what everyone comes up with!

  3. I have a top I refashioned yesterday to look like a Heart of Haute top that I was thinking of entering for this year’s Designin’ December, would that be allowed? Or would it be too simple?

    I’m so enjoying seeing all the entries so far!! 🙂

    1. We have had refashioned garments before. If you have a Designer Original and through some method you have copied it yourself and you blog about it – show us what you did, how it looks, etc. – then that is the goal. You can participate. When it comes to the voting it won’t be my decision who wins prizes, but that of the sewing community. I do love seeing what everyone comes up with!

      1. Yay! I’ll definitely be entering then! 🙂 I’ll take some photos and get the images of the designer inspiration and write up a blog post ASAP! 🙂 Even if I don’t win, it’s fun to participate! I’ve never participated in a sewing contest before, so this it’s exciting just to be involved. 🙂

        1. Glad you can join in! It is fun to do something different than the usual sometimes! I’ll be watching for it.

          1. Thanks!! 🙂 I’m so excited to be able to join in, and you’re right, it is fun to do something different than the usual sometimes! 🙂

  4. Such a beautiful pair of trousers, classic and elegant!

    1. Definitely, Diane did a good job!

  5. Gorgeous pants! They look stunning! Designing December is off to a great start

    1. Yes, we have had quite a few lovely entries already!

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