I finished my dress!

Well … actually my sister’s dress – part of my “Sister’s Sewing Project”.  It’s a border print and I’ve fallen in love with it.  Border print fabric is not easy to find!  

My sister wanted this dress – she took this photo from the TV!  It was her inspiration.  

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And she found a lovely border print fabric for it – 100% cotton.

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I pulled this pattern from my stash – Butterick B6089.  (It’s difficult to see in this photo because of the camera flash on the plastic cover – sorry!)

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Button, button, who’s got the button?

… the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER button that is!  Well, it’s done.  I put it on my sidebar menu, which might of course appear at the bottom of my blog for some views.  Copy and past the code under the button into a Text Widget on your blog and you too can brag about your Challenge to not buy a Designer Original, but to make it yourself!

If you get really, really frustrated trying to copy and paste the code – just cheat and download this image and upload it onto your blog… it’s ok!

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Now, if you have missed a couple of my past posts and are wondering what the heck I am talking about, learn about DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, its rules and its sponsors RIGHT HERE!

Happy Sewing from me and our sponsors …

 

Designin’ December 2017 Prize Sponsors!

And now the news you have been waiting for … PRIZE SPONSORS!  I have included their websites here too … just so you can browse ahead of time and pick out the prize you have your sights on!

So we have:

Itch to Stitch has generously donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice from the Itch to Stitch Shop here.

https://itch-to-stitch.com

Joannas Art and Cards is generously donating a box set of 12 Art Cards (with envelopes) measuring 5 x 7 inches.  Take a peek at Joanna’s Etsy shop here.

 

Sense & Sensibility Patterns has kindly donated ONE ePattern to the winner.  Their website is here.https://sensibility.com/blog/category/patterns/

Vintage Pattern Lending Library has generously donated THREE $25 Gift Certificates.  Here’s their Etsy Shop.

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

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern.  Their website is here.

https://www.sbccpatterns.com

Paprika Patterns has donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice, take a browse through at their website here.

https://www.paprikapatterns.comNamed Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern to the winner.  Have a browse through their shop for all your options here!

https://www.namedclothing.com

Last of all, we have Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!! (Me).  I will be donating a “Mystery Grab Bag” sewing related, of course!

 

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, 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!

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?”


HOW TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES?

  • Follow my blog either by WordPress or by email and leave a comment that you wish to join DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER.  I will share all entries on my blog in December for community voting, 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 in AND/OR on your Instagram post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY,  tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @nicedressthanksimadeit.
  • Join the Facebook Group – Designin’ December – show us your progress, ideas, Designer Original and Designer me-made Copy.
  • Don’t forget to share a comment or two with your other DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challengers.  Everyone loves comments!

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.

Deadline is December 31, 2017 and winners will be announced the beginning of January 2018.  Winners will be chosen by community vote.  Voters should select the entry that best expresses the spirit of DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER

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

There will be 5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes given away to the Instagram winners who follow @nicedressthanksimadeit mentioning #DESIGNINDECEMBER.

There will be 5 FABULOUS (randomly selected) prizes given away to “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” followers mentioning DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER on their own blogs.

EDITED to avoid confusion:  Ten prizes available.  One entry, with as many pieces as you like, per sewist.  Only one prize per sewist/winner.

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE TOO:

  • On Twitter post a photo of your Designer Original and your Designer me-made COPY, tagging it #DESIGNINDECEMBER and follow @LindaMNicedress.
  • 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.

Again, thank you to our generous sponsors for providing all these lovely prizes!  It’s been a joy talking to all of you and getting to know you!

Happy Sewing!

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Are you getting ready for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2017?

We are!

Have you picked out your Designer Original and the supplies you need to make your Designer me-made COPY?  Or are you just in the planning stages – don’t worry … there are still about 45 days left before DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2017 begins!  Pull those ideas out, polish them off!  

Ever since the first DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER I’ve seen many fabulous garments in the stores, magazines, online, on social media, on the runways … so many beautiful garments!  And I say,

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

You’ve seen my Designer Originals here …  this Haori jacket from zasue.com …

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and this dress – which I apologize, I am going to actually make into a skirt and top.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Everything’s cut out and ready to sew!

I’ve shown you my plans for my Designer me-made COPY of my Designer Original.  Leave a comment that you want to join in, here or on any DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER post, and I’ll share your post on my blog in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER, along with everyone else’s, and it will be eligible for PRIZES! Continue reading

I’m back!

Last weekend started out as a busy weekend and turned into a challenging week, but let me show you what I did!

I am still working on my sister’s dress – part of my “Sister’s Sewing Project”.  She would like this dress, in this 100% cotton border print and I am using this pattern, Butterick B6089 (sorry for the flash glare).

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The battle is over!

It started off bad.  I wanted a dress like my mom and aunt.  I wanted it out of this fabric (100% Rayon, which I love) and I thought I could alter this pattern to what I wanted.  That’s when my problems started.  If you missed it, you can read about it here.

 

 

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A long drawn out battle with beautiful fabric …

and I’m not quite finished yet!

Let me tell you what’s up …

I have been searching for a pattern and fabric to make a “replica” of my mother’s and aunt’s dresses in this photo.  My Aunt was a seamstress back in Europe and she not only sewed for clients but also for herself and my mother.  She used no patterns and could make anything!  I thought I had the magical combination for this dress with this 100% Rayon Denim Challis I had in my stash – a favourite fabric of mine!

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I still think this pattern, Vogue 1395, might work but it doesn’t have the rounded neckline that I want.  Being lazy, I thought I might just make two bodice backs and use those to make the bodice instead.

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What can I say? I still had some denim strips left!

And I’m certainly not one to waste recycled denim!  So let’s make another bag.  This one is not quite big enough to hold my iPad, not like the last one I made.  This one seemed to go together quicker too!  Perhaps it wasn’t as “fancy” or perhaps I’m actually getting used to throwing them together?!?

Again, I started by sewing my strips together, pressing them, ironing on the fusible interfacing, and trimming the two outer bag walls to the right size.

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Head’s up!

I’ve been locked out of my Instagram account. I think I’ve been hacked!  So much for #sewphotohop!  Does anyone have contact info for a real person at Instagram?

EDIT: Thank you Mads I have emailed.  Sarah, I’m trying your idea too!

A FURTHER EDIT: I also opened a second IG account just so I could use their “report a problem” on that second account to report my first account had disappeared.

A FURTHER EDIT: Thank you again! An IG rep emailed me back and gave me back my IG account.  Thanks for the help and support everyone.  Now I’ve got to go take some photos for my next blog post.  😘😘

 

Happy sewing to you!

How to sew a recycled denim handbag. Part 2

Back again!  To recap last week’s post … I wanted to make myself a 100% recycled denim bag, using denim strips like those bags I saw on Pinterest.  Last week I cut up my denim jeans, pieced and sewed the strips together and fused on the interfacing for my outer bag walls.  I sewed the pockets and the zipper pocket on my bag lining.  I sewed the bag strap.  I did my topstitching – I love topstitching and Amber, my Singer 421G was a work horse!  

This week, I continued on.  I prepped the opening zipper, cutting it to the right length and topstitching the zipper tabs on the ends.  I switched from the brown zipper to this blue one as it fit around my iPad just right.

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