Designin’ December Challengers #10 & #11

Next up on the blogs is Elle Gee Makes and Valentine & Stitch!

Elle Gee Makes took her inspiration from this Philip Lim bomber jacket (when I saw this I was wondering if she was going to treat us to a pair of leather shorts too!):

Valentine & Stitch took her inspiration from Zadig & Voltaire:

How did these Challengers make out?  *drumroll please!*

Elle Gee Makes …

Elle Gee Makes

Linda G, a returning Designin’ December Challenger, put some special touches on her bomber jacket, take a look at her blog post here to get the details and see more photos! 

Valentine & Stitch …

Valentine & Stitch

Helen is new to Designin’ December and gives you the scoop on her well made Designer me-made Copy on her blog, here.

We also have a new Challenger on Instagram, @mahlicadesigns.  She has the details for her Designer me-made Copy on her blog here, search for “Ally Skirt”.




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!











6 thoughts on “Designin’ December Challengers #10 & #11

  1. Thank you Linda! I had so much fun joining in and making this dress, and I love your idea for this challenge. So often we see things and say “but I could make that”, and this pushes us to actually go ahead and do it! Thanks for having me on your blog 😊😘

    1. Thank you for participating! Be sure to hang around for the voting! 🎉🕺💃🎊

  2. I already follow Helen and Linda and love their entries and I’m loving the look of Mahlica’s skirt too. Thanks for being a fab host, I’m enjoying all of these wonderful makes.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Diane. It’s just like watching a fashion show strolling by, isn’t it? It’s going to be tough voting. Good thing this year we have 10 generous Prizes from our Sponsors to share between the blog and Instagram!

  3. Thanks for having me along this year Linda. There have been so many great Designin’ December contributions, it will be really tough to decide on a favorite. I’m looking forward to taking on the chllenge again in 2018.

    1. Yes when it is time to vote I will post all the blog photos and all the Instagram photos at once. It will be a big post!

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