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Designin’ December 2020!

The DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Sewing Challenge is FIVE years old!  I wonder how much that is in cat years? 🙂  This will be the 5th year that I have been sizing up all the fashions in the stores, magazines, online or on the runway. All the while thinking …

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

This year, again, Oscar de la Renta has inspired me!  Although in the Designin’ December Facebook Group I have seen lots of new design ideas!  Won’t you join us, right here?


Here’s a pretty Oscar de la Renta, and only $2620 !


I imagined this one in my favourite shades of blue, $3314!


This one’s half price at $3045 – but then if you have some embroidery or appliqué talents…


I almost went for this one … it has pockets!!!! ($2343)


Won’t you join in the Designin’ December Sewing Challenge?  Check out last year’s participants and prizes right here!

I have made my Designin’ December choice!  I just couldn’t tear myself away from Oscar de la Renta.  I couldn’t get this top out of my mind ($2053).  I love the skirt too!



This is my “Designer Original” Inspiration.  Of course, now I had to check my fabric stash and my pattern stash for the needed supplies.  Although I love these fabrics, below, none of them were doing it for me.  

The ones on the left were lovely floral prints but were the wrong type of fabric for the top and the ones on the right were the right weight but not the right floral print for the skirt to match the top!

Oh bother!

When it came to my pattern stash, I had better luck!  Views C on the Butterick or A on the McCall’s would probably work with the addition of a small collar that turns into the bow?  And nothing beats a the Sewaholic Hollyburn or this New Look pattern for skirt choices!


So my problem was FABRIC!  125.8 metres in the stash and none of it works.  SOLUTION:  add another 4 metres to the fabric stash for my “Designer COPY”.  🙂

I decided on the rayon on the left for the top and the polyester on the right for the skirt.  Now admittedly the skirt fabric is not a floral print.  It wasn’t too difficult to find a floral for the top, but then to try to find a floral that matched the top fabric, but was different, for the skirt, was an ordeal that I didn’t survive.  So these are my choices!  (We shall see how this goes, won’t we?)


Have you decided on your “Designer Original” and the fabric and pattern for your “Designer COPY” because Designin’ December 2020 is happening!!!


Do you too say:

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

Start looking for your “Designer Original” Photo!  Check out my “DESIGNER FASHION” Pinterest board here, OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group.  What will inspire you? Remember Designer Vintage fashion is allowed, as is Designer Casual!  Good luck in your search!  😁👍

How to participate in the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Sewing Challenge:

  • BLOG PARTICIPATION: Post a photo of your “Designer Original” and your “Designer COPY”, mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER in your post with a link back to here and follow the blog “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!”
  • INSTAGRAM PARTICIPATION: Post a photo of your “Designer Original” and your “Designer COPY”,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @nicedressthanksimadeit.
  • TWITTER PARTICIPATION: Post a photo of your “Designer Original” and your “Designer COPY”, tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag @LindaMNicedress.
  • EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN the “DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER” Pinterest board here.
  • WANT TO JOIN the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER FACEBOOK GROUP?  Get ideas! Post and discuss your progress, let’s see your “Designer Original” ideas and your “Designer COPY” progress. 
  • DON’T FORGET to leave a comment here on my blog and I’ll post your “Designer Original” and your “Designer 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!

How to be eligible for prizes in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER:

If you would like a chance to win FAB prizes (let me say again how grateful I am for the extremely generous sponsors) to be announced in the months leading up to December, you’ll need to SHARE your “Designer Original” and your “Designer 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 COPY” for you on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, with a link back to you.  
  • On your blog, Instagram or the Designin’ December Facebook group:  Post a photo of your “Designer Original” and your “Designer COPY”, mentioning #DESIGNINDECEMBER in your post with a link back to me so other’s can join in.
  • Remember:  Tag #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow the blog “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” or follow me on Instagram @nicedressthanksimadeit.

Only entries using these above methods will be entered into the Sewing Challenge and be voted on and eligible for prizes. Closing date for entries is 31st December 2020 Midnight PST.

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13 thoughts on “Designin’ December 2020!”

  1. Looking forward to seeing all the entrants. I love the fabrics you have chosen. December is just around the corner. Funny how even though we are staying close to home things are still piling up. Time to get at it, work, work, work.

  2. Very inspiring!
    The love of denim is forever!

    The fall season is that special time of year when our creative minds can really get spun into gear.

    So many ideas. So little time…

    Still, I will definitely try to participate, especially since denim is one of my favorite fabrics.

  3. Can’t believe I haven’t heard of this. Count me in – I have a few designer copy projects I’m working on and this sounds like so much fun.

  4. This is fantastic news that this is on for 2020!! It definitely brightens up my day to hear this! <3 I will have something to share for Designin' December this year…I actually just finished it and will be posting it soon on both my blog and Instagram account. So please count me in! Thank you hosting the challenge again, Linda.


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