Designin’ December Challengers #15, #16 AND #17!

We are breaking previous records here and I’m keeping busy checking out everyone’s Designer Originals and Designer me-made Copies.  I have finished my own Designer me-made Copy too, just in time!  It just needs some pressing and photos.  Hopefully the RAIN will stop tomorrow or it will be me, my Designer me-made Copy and my umbrella!!

Tonight we have three bloggers:

Steely Seamstress.  Her Designer Original comes from Issey Miyake …

Issey Miyake

Sewanneuk with her Designer Original (made for her lovely daughter) from Markus Lupfer …

Markus Lupfer

and Paisley Pirouette with her Designer Original from Lanvin’s Resort Collection 2018 …

Lanvin's Resort Collection

Next up … their Designer me-made Copies!

Steely Seamstress with her Designer me-made Copy!  You can read about it here.

Steely Seamstress

Sewanneuk with her Designer me-made Copy (for her daughter)!  On her blog here and also on Instagram at @amcclure54

Anne's Blog

Paisley Pirouette with her Designer me-made Copy!  Read about it here or on Instagram at @paisleypirouette.


We also have THREE more Instagram entries!!!

@sarahlizsewstyle – who is also running her monthly #magamsewalong this December, so we decided to combine our groups this month!  You should check out her monthly inspirations on Instagram at #magamsewalong.  Every month she comes up with an idea to inspire her group!


@hportemanteau has finished her 2nd Designer me-made Copy, a sweater to go with her previous “Eileen Fisher” joggers!


@memas_work, another newcomer to #designindecember!  EDITED:  A note from @memas_work — “Here is the blog post about my outfit:



Get the whole story on their Instagrams, and on 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 10 Art Cards (with envelopes) measuring 5 x 7 inches.  (Joanna apologizes – there was a mis-count and the box holds 10, not 12 Cards as previously stated.)  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 #15, #16 AND #17!

  1. Wow what talented women. All the garments are beautiful, but not being able to knit my favourite is the beautiful black sweater. They are all winners in my book.

    1. Being a follower of my blog, stick around, in the New Year you will have a chance to vote for your favourite!

  2. I have been enjoying all the great designer renditions. I have found great new blogs to follow. Thank you for hosting the event, I appreciate all that you have done. Rosemary

    1. Thank you Rosemary, I am glad you are enjoying the Challenge and have found some new blogs to follow – stick around for the voting in the New Year!

  3. I’ve been loving watching all the creativity. This is such an inspiring initiative!

    1. 🙂 It’s like a month long fashion show!!!

  4. There is some wonderful work here Linda…I have been so busy in December I am only just catching up with things today!

    1. Just wonderful work! That’s okay Sarah – you give these ladies (I say “ladies” because to date I have only seen ladies sewing the Challenge), but give them an idea and they run wild with it!!! It’s fabulous!

  5. Thank you so much for organizing this inspiring platform and for offering such a lovely overview!

    1. It’s wonderful seeing what everyone comes up with!

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