Designin’ December 2019 – MORE Prize Sponsors!

Guess what I’ve decided? As you might know from this post here, I have four patterns to choose from to make my Designer Copy of my Designer Original – I am inspired by this Holly Fulton Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear …

… and I think the best choice out of my four patterns is this one …

Sure I have to make a few changes. The shoulders in this pattern have some contrasting pieces inserted, and the dress itself is a bit too straight and too short, but I think I can make it work!

I am absolutely in love with my fabrics. I will make the sides the “blush” fabric, along with the shoulder yokes … for now anyway. I have lots of fabric so I can play with the shape of the shoulder yokes to see if I can get mine the same as the Designer Original. The centres of the dress will be this jade green/blush paisley … that should take care of the colour blocking. I had a heck of a time when tracing my pattern pieces … I forgot how to spell “shoulder”! 🙂

I had to chose which part of the paisley design I wanted for the centre in the front and back of my dress. Once I decided on the front, I cut the back on the same design line. Looking at these photos now, I’m hoping I don’t end up with some unfortunate pattern placement!

I widened each of my centre pieces and my side pieces gradually from the waist down to the bottom of the dress to increase the hemline by 3 1/2″ to 4″. Hopefully that adds in some fullness at the bottom!

When it came to the length of the dress, I didn’t want my dress flowing to the floor. I’d hardly be able to survive on a double decker bus (yes we have them in Victoria, Canada) or in the office. I’d be tripping all over myself!

I did remember Sew Nip Tuck’s post here. She found an article called “Mathematician plots formula for making legs look great”. Ahem … so I followed the formula to find my “golden number” … then I added on a few inches to be on the safe side because my golden number sounded a few inches too short! We shall see when I finish whether I stick to my golden number or not!

I think I’m all set to sew now! Of course, during all this shifting of fabric, cutting and deep thinking, Simon got bored, but moving on …

… we have a new Designin’ December Prize Sponsor joining us! (Speaking of Prize Sponsors – Please click on the links hidden in their names and give them some love for being so generous!)

Funky Monkey Fabrics

  • one $25 CAN gift certificate.
https://emmalinebags.com

Emmaline Bags –

  • one free PDF sewing pattern of the winner’s choice,
  • one $15 CAN gift card, and
  • a second $15 CAN gift card.

That’s THREE PRIZES from their shop, Emmaline Bags!

https://helenscloset.ca

Helen’s Closet – one free PDF sewing pattern of the winner’s choice from their shop, Helen’s Closet!

https://itch-to-stitch.com

Itch to Stitch – one free PDF sewing pattern of the winner’s choice from their shop, Itch to Stitch!

 JCV Art Studio – one free copy of the book, “The Unravelling”, with a small pack of matching art cards, from JCV Art Studio (Instagram)!

Lányos Handmade – one free PDF sewing pattern of the winner’s choice, with no expiry date, from the shop, Lányos Handmade!

https://www.sbccpatterns.com

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns – one free PDF sewing pattern of the winner’s choice from their shop, SBCC Patterns!

https://sensibility.com/blog/category/patterns/

Sense & Sensibiliity –

  • one free ePattern of the winner’s choice,
  • another free ePattern of the winner’s choice.

That’s TWO PRIZES from their shop, Sense & Sensibility!

Style Arc – One $50 USD gift voucher for their shop, Style Arc!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintagePatternGirl

Vintage Pattern Lending Library (Etsy) – One $25 USD gift certificate for their shop, Vintage Pattern Lending Library!

WHAT IS THE DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER CHALLENGE?

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 pattern, or a “Big 4” pattern, that you can use – then go for it!  If you have to alter a pattern that you already have, or draft your own pattern, you can do that too.  Whatever works for you.  Let’s make what we see and want!  (Remember Vintage Designer fashion is allowed too!)  Good luck in your search!  😁👍

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?”

Looking for more ideas?  Check out my “DESIGNER FASHION” Pinterest board here, OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group (closed group).  Where will you find your inspiration?

How to participate in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER:

  • On your blog post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here, so other’s can join in.
  • OR on IG post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @nicedressthanksimadeit.  Don’t forget to follow/tag our wonderful PRIZE SPONSORS!
  • OR on Twitter post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @LindaMNicedress.
  • OR send your email address to me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send you an invite to join the “DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER” Pinterest board here so you can add your Designer Original  and your Designer me-made COPY to the board.
  • OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group (closed group).  You will be able to post your questions, comments, progress, and your Designer  Original and your Designer me-made COPY.  We post inspiration too!
  • Don’t forget to leave a comment here on my blog and I’ll post your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY for you on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, with a link back to you – whether you have made it already, are in the process of making it, or plan on making it… let me know!
  • Don’t forget to share a comment or two with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challengers.  Everyone loves comments!

How to be eligible for prizes in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER:

If you would like a chance to win FAB prizes from our generous sponsors, you’ll need to SHARE your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY with us like this:

  • On my blog:  Follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” and leave a comment that you are joining in and I’ll post your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY for you on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, with a link back to you.
  • Then on your blog:  post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here so other’s can join in.
  • There’s another chance to win on Instagram:  share a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY tagging them #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @nicedressthanksimadeit.  Don’t forget to follow/tag our wonderful PRIZE SPONSORS! 
  • After DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, there will be a vote amongst the blog and Instagram entries.  Two possible chances to win, one prize per winner.

Only entries using the above two methods (blog and/or Instagram) will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 31st December 2019 Midnight PST.

Happy Sewing!

12 comments

  1. Love your inspiration designer dress. It’s has such a flowing beauty, and looks like you’re on your way to achieving it. Can hardly wait to see your finished dress!

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