So how was Designin’ December 2018?

I hope you enjoyed yourselves! It sure ended with a BIG BANG at midnight last night! We had quite a slow start with one entry in early December … then there was a long, long pause … then BAM 12 more entries and most of them appearing on Instagram! Well done, Ladies! I thank you all for participating! I say, and I hope you do too …

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

These talented Sewists proved it! Here are their Designin’ December entries. Can you pick out the Designer Original v. the Designer me-made Copy? Check out their IG accounts and their blogs (links given with photos) for more photos and details. The details are fabulous!


This time last year – my how time flies – we were voting on who would be the Designin’ December Winners. Well since we have 17 generous prize sponsors and 18 generous prizes (two prizes from Itch to Stitch) and we have 13 Designin’ December Challengers we are going to change things up a bit from what was previously posted – I’m sorry – NO voting this year – instead ALL 13 OF YOU GET A PRIZE THIS YEAR! (My secret desire – no one leaves empty handed!)

To decide who gets what and to spice things up a bit, I drew your names one by one and put them in order from 1 through 13. #1 can pick a prize first, then #2 can pick a prize, and then #3 and so on and so on through to #13. I even have photographic evidence (14 photos actually) showing the outcome. I’ll just show you the final photo here …

So if there is no objection to my method – I give you the results of my draw – Winners IN ORDER:

  1. @delightfullypeculiar
  2. @sosewg
  3. @thesewinggoatherd
  4. @seamracer
  5. @wronghandmads
  6. @dezignsby
  7. @kaschu40
  8. @creationsbypaulamu
  9. @sarahlizsewstyle
  10. @suestoney
  11. @raquel_sewing_knitting_in_asia
  12. @memas_work
  13. @conlon.jan

I know this might take a while to go through all the Winners, so you should all look over our list of Sponsors and prizes and pick a few choices so you are ready when I contact you. @delightfullypeculiar please contact me with your choice first. You can email me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com . Let’s get this ball rollin’!

I would like to give a huge amount of praise and thanks to our prize sponsors. The sewing community is sooo generous!

I just want to say again it has been a pleasure organizing and running the Designin’ December Challenge, so much so that I look forward to seeing your Designin’ December posts all through 2019.

Remember … inspiration for sewing can come all year round, if you are inspired anytime during 2019 by an Original, copy it! Let me know! You too can be in the Designin’ December 2019 Challenge!

Over the next couple of weeks I shall be wrapping up Designin’ December 2018, doing a bit a sewing and taking a break from blogging. If anyone has a questions about Designin’ December, please leave a comment here or email me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com .

See you again mid-January! I think by then I might have my sewing plans in order for 2019 – not that I follow them as the year unfolds! 🙂

Happy Sewing!

This Challenge is organized and run from my blog, “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!”. This Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, and/or any and all other sorts of social media. Any information provided by you to me is for my information only and is not released to anyone or anything else. Winners will be notified through my blog and email, not any other types of social media.

29 thoughts on “So how was Designin’ December 2018?

  1. Not a contestant, just chimed on to say “nice work all” beautiful outfits.

  2. Alyssa Wesselmann January 1, 2019 — 2:36 pm

    Oh wow! Thank you Linda! Now I guess I need to familiarize myself with the prizes!! 😀

    1. Your welcome! 😁 thank you for participating!

  3. Fun challenge and it is so nice to see so many lovely makes! Everyone did such an amazing job on their outfits!! Thank you Linda for hosting and all the hard work you put in all year.

    1. Thank You, Leah! Everyone did such a wonderful job. It was interesting seeing all the variety of styles!

  4. What a lovely surprise this morning…it has made my day. So many nice entries above…and I agree, it’s always difficult to choose a winner for just the reasons you have written. I will email you later today. Already looking forward to next December’s challenge…if you are still running it. I think you have well earnt your break. Enjoy it.

    1. P.S. this is my new wordpress log in. There is no action yet on this blog!

      1. I recognized your face, but not the name. WP has just updated its program and I’m not happy having to learn something new again! 😂

        1. I thought it was working differently.

    2. I did enjoy running it and I’m pretty sure if there wasn’t an official Designin’ December I would still do it on my own, so you are all invited to join in! Thank you for participating!

  5. Well done all!

  6. Thanks again for hosting this challenge. I was so impressed as the entries showed used on my Instagram feed recently. Each and every piece is beautiful. Thanks for including me. I just woke up here in Taipei and I’ve been looking through the list and all the prizes look amazing. What a great way to start the new year! Happy 2019! Happy Sewing!

    1. Glad you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for joining in!

  7. Wow!! All of the outfits were absolutely beautiful! What a fun challenge! I might be inspired to participate next year!!!

    1. We’d love to have more participants! Find an Original to copy and let me know!

  8. Congratulations to everyone! Spectacular knock-offs and inspired creations by this talented group.
    Drat. Missed the deadline, but want you to know that I am almost done with my entry — my sewing just slowed down when I needed it to be speeded up. Oh, well. Will be able to post it soon.

    1. They did well, didn’t they! 🤩 that’s ok 👍 there’s lot of sewing time now! 😁👍

  9. Thank you, thank you! I’m so excited that we all won a prize and of course, we all have something lovely to wear. What a wonderful start to the New Year.

    1. Your welcome! Thank you for participating! 😁

  10. Thank you so much Linda for another brilliant year, and what a lovely outcome! Thanks also to our amazing sponsors.

    1. Thank you for participating again, Sue! It’s always fun seeing what you and the other sewists create! 🤔 😁

  11. Wow!! I wasn’t expecting a prize. Thank you Linda, it’s always the challenge I want to take part in and always run out of time, so it was great that you keep organising it. I will e-mail you now. Thank you again!! And well done to every one who took part, dare I say that the knock offs are better than the originals. xx

    1. Thank you for joining in! YES! The knockoffs are better! 😁👍

  12. Yay!!!!!!! What a nice surprise this is! For me the fun is always in taking part and seeing what other sewers come up with, as there’s so much wonderful creativity and skill on display each year. But hooray for prizes all around! 😀

    1. Thanks for participating! It is amazing how everyone manages to pull their garments together.

  13. What a cool contest Linda. And the outfits were lovely. Well done everyone!

    1. Thank you Susan! Everyone did so well! 😁👍

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