Designin’ December Challengers #12 and #13 on the blog …

and we can’t stop there … we all know 13 is an unlucky number!

Today we have Fadanista and Vintage Sewing Machines.

Fadanista with her Designer Original, a vintage Dior …

and Vintage Sewing Machines with her Alice in Wonderland inspiration …

and how did they perform?

Fadanista’s Designer me-made Copy … read all about it on her blog here!


Vintage Sewing Machines’s Designer me-made Copy … check out her blog here!

Vintage Sewing Machines

We also have two more Instagram entries:



and @remakeremodelrecycle – with a coat to go with the top she made previously!


Get the whole story on their Instagrams, and check out the #DESIGNINDECEMBER hashtag too!


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!










10 thoughts on “Designin’ December Challengers #12 and #13 on the blog …

  1. All the Designin’ December makes are so fabulous! Sue’s popped up in my inbox this morning and my jaw dropped, it’s amazing!

    1. Everyone is doing so well with the Challenge!

  2. Wow, more fabness. I was just about to pop across to Sue’s blog to check out the Dior and now there are more goodies to explore!

    1. It’s been such a good turnout – something new to discover every day!

  3. This is going great. So much talent!

    1. It is a pleasure to see, isn’t it!

  4. I never cease to be impressed by what fellow sewers make–wow! <3

    1. Yes,there are a lot of talented people out there! I find it amazing too how two people can make a similar dress, for example, yet both can be very different!

  5. All those pretty makes! Sues Dior dress is outstanding!

    1. … and voting will be in just a few days! Let’s just make sure that everyone’s Designer me-made Copy is done! 🎉💃🕺🎊

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