The fourth Designin’ December 2017 Challenger is …

Belle Citadel!  Here is her Designer Original from Marc Jacobs in Nordstrom’s ($995.00) …

Marc Jacobs


and her Designer me-made Copy.  



Belle Citadel made a few changes to her pattern to achieve the look she needed.  Click on over to her blog here to find out how!


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!  

For me, the biggest hurdle in making something that I see/want is finding the right fabric – any ideas on what this one might be?  Such a simple dress, but absolutely amazing!



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!







12 thoughts on “The fourth Designin’ December 2017 Challenger is …

  1. The gorgeous grey dress is Sior, Autumn 2012. This close up looks like silk [of course] plain weave. Probably specially woven for them though. It’s more flowing than a taffeta, but also takes crisp pleats…broadcloth? A heavyweight habotai? Here’s a close up

    1. Oh my! Every time I need fashion advice I’m coming to you! Thank you! Is this not the simplest but most elegant dress you have ever seen! Thanks for the link. I’m going to head over for a peek!

      1. Lol I learned how to do reverse image search this year- SO useful when everyone just keeps sharing Pins with no source!

        1. Now that’s something that I didn’t even know existed! Although I kept thinking it should!

          1. Google search, select images, then there’s a little camera in the search bar. You can drag an image directly in or post the URL. Works well! We use them a lot for historic image searches trying to locate museum collections etc

  2. Belle Citadel’s dress looks really fab! Off to have a peruse…

    1. It’s so entertaining to have different and new people to look at and read! (Not that I’m saying we are boring or anything! LOL) 😂

  3. It’s definitely silk. If you look at the close up of the Dior dress that was linked by thedementedfairy and look at the model’s left hip (your right) you can see the weave in the light. Also if you look at the hem, the flutter caused by the model’s walk suggests a lightweight silk.

    1. It’s beautiful! Sometimes the best fabric makes the whole dress!

  4. Good luck finding a silk like the grey dress! When it comes to couture collections, fabric is three quarters of the battle.

    1. I know. I can imagine that they probably get fabrics made just for them! We have to settle for something similar – grey silk from the bridal shop!

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