Challenger #8 and #9 in Designin’ December!

You have been busy!  We have two new Challengers in the blogger category – Life in A “Mads” House and Sewing à la carte.

Mads took her inspiration from Altuzarra and Balmain, this “lady tux” and this lacey top:

Sewing à la carte took her inspiration from these Michael Kors jeans and Valentino cardigan:

Michael Kors and Valentino

Let’s see how their Designer me-made Copies turned out …

Life in A “Mads” House …

Life in A "Mads" House

Head on over to her blog – here here, and here, to see better photos and details!

Sewing à la carte …

Sewing à la carte

You can read about her Designer me-made Copies here.

We also have THREE new Challengers from Instagram:



@conlon.jan with her Joseph Altuzarra Wilcox Skirt,


and @marjoriesews with her Trelise Cooper dress.  She actually made TWO versions of this dress!  Check out her Instagram to see the other one!



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!  


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!









4 thoughts on “Challenger #8 and #9 in Designin’ December!

  1. Oh wow! Hard to pick a favourite from all of this Designin’ December fabness! Amazing work

    1. I agree! Lots of fine work here!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my outfit here! I was very excited to participate again this year — Designin’ December is such a fun challenge, and there have been so many lovely outfits on show this month. 😀 Thank you for organizing this event yet again!

    1. Well thank you for participating again Mads! It is fun to do and I love rounding out the year with some FABULOUS Designer me-made Copies! Be sure to stick around for the voting on my blog and on my Instagram in January.

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