Working on my #DesigninDecember Copy!

I’ve got my fabric cut out for my Designer Copy of this Pucci Printed Poplin Tunic Dress! I’ve definitely had to be careful cutting because I was short on fabric, so my version will be a shorter top, not a tunic top. I am loving this fabric and the style!

I have my Designer Copy of these Polo Ralph Lauren Cargo Pants cut out now too! Unfortunately the only pattern I have that is similar is this McCall’s M7364, which doesn’t have any of the “cargo” style pockets!

Of course, it was only after I cut my fabric and drafted some pocket flaps, that I noticed that Itch to Stitch, one of our #designindecember sponsors, has a perfect pattern for Cargo Pants in their Shop! I bought it “for future use”! 😉

I wasn’t fond of the construction method for the front pockets in the McCall’s pattern. The instructions asked that you just fold over and fold over again and hem the pocket opening, so I used bias tape instead. How cool is this Clover Hot Hemmer! It was so quick and accurate for pressing my SA in for hemming.

My Hot Hemmer was especially helpful in pressing up the curved hem on the back pockets too!

I used the side pocket and pocket flap pattern pieces from my new Itch to Stitch Sequoia Cargo Pants pattern and drafted a second matching pocket flap to fit my back pockets. Deciding I wouldn’t go the bias tape/unlined route for these side pockets, I cut lining pieces from this lovely red floral print!

I decided to sew the side seams together differently than the pattern too! Like a French Seam but with a double row of Topstitching!

Next? Pockets and pocket flaps sewn on. Maybe I should add some hardware to the pocket flaps – What do you think?

How’s your #designinDecember coming along? It looks like “Cat’s Pajamas” has her Designer Original and her Designer Copy finished already!!!


Have you heard of the Designin’ December Sewing Challenge?

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

How can you join in? Check out last year’s participants and prizes right here!

Start looking for your “Designer Original Inspiration Photo”! Gather up your patterns and fabric and be inspired to make your own “Designer Copy”! Did I say there are prizes????

If you need some ideas, take a look at my “DESIGNER FASHION” Pinterest board here, OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Facebook Group.  Get ideas! Ask questions! Post and discuss your progress! Let’s see your “Designer Original Inspiration Photo” and your “Designer Copy” progress!

What will inspire you? Remember Designer Vintage fashion is allowed, as is Designer Casual AND Designer Handbags!  Good luck in your search!  

How to participate in the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Sewing Challenge and be eligible for prizes:

  • BLOG PARTICIPATION: Follow this blog and leave a comment that you’re joining in. Post a photo of your “Designer Original Inspiration Photo” with the Designer’s name and your finished “Designer Copy” in your blog, mentioning the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Sewing Challenge in your post with a link back here.
  • INSTAGRAM PARTICIPATION: Post a photo of your “Designer Original Inspiration Photo” with the Designer’s name and your finished “Designer Copy” on your IG,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow/tag me on Instagram @nicedressthanksimadeit
  • Remember: Tag #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow the blog “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!” OR on Instagram tag #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @nicedressthanksimadeit Whether you have made it already, are in the process of making it, or plan on making it … LET ME KNOW! 🙂
  • For the final voting after DECEMBER 31st, voting will take place on my blog and on my Instagram, I will repost your “Designer Original Inspiration Photo” with the Designer’s name and your finished “Designer Copy”, with a link back to you. Votes will be counted from both my blog and my Instagram.

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 2023 Midnight PST.

Now for the best news of all!

Here are some of our Prize Sponsors! Check out their websites. Take a look at what you could win!

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Carmen Calderon of @carmen.cose on Instagram. Carmen will be giving a copy of her PDF sewing pattern for the Odessa Pants here

Greyfrairs and Grace. They will be giving one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here

Sew Chic Pattern Company – $25.00 USD gift card for their website here

Helen’s Closet – one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here

Joanna Vander Vlugt – one paperback copy of the book “Dealer’s Child” – website here

“Engrossing, action-packed,” Dealer’s Child placed in Amazon’s top 100 and is the second installment in the Jade & Sage thriller series.  From the courthouse steps to a possessed typewriter, 1968 clashes with the present as Jade uncovers a deadly secret while trying to stay one step ahead of a murderer hellbent on revenge.

Green Style Creations – $25.00 USD coupon code towards a PDF sewing pattern from their website here

Emmaline Bags – $15.00 CAD coupon code for use on their website here

Susan Jane Wright – one paperback copy of the book “The Glass Lake” – website here.

The second book in the Evie Valentine series brings danger and suspense into Evie’s life again. A Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Finalist.

Waffle Patterns – 20 EURO coupon code for use on their website here

Itch to Stitch – one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here

Lányos Handmade – one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here

Liz Haywood, The Craft of Clothes – one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here.

Elena Kleber, of EK Sewing Patterns – one free PDF sewing pattern from their website here.

MM Cork Supply – $25.00 CAD coupon code for use on their website here

Paradise Patterns – one of two free PDF sewing patterns from their website here

What “Designer Original” Inspired outfit would YOU like to have in your closet! Please share! I’d love to see!

Happy Sewing!

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2 thoughts on “Working on my #DesigninDecember Copy!

  1. Beautiful work on those pants pockets. I have a few pants patterns in my queue with that style of curved front pockets so I appreciate your tutorial.

    1. Thank you! Don’t know if I was of help or not? But if anyone has any questions, just ask! 🤗

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