My Designin’ December me-made Copy is finished! I decided long ago to copy this Designer Original … an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.
I did notice that it had these strange looking tied-on sleeves and decided those would be a work place hazard for me! I did like the length of the sleeves and the slits in them though.
I’ve used this pattern, McCall’s M6606, before and didn’t have to make many changes – a slight change to the collar and the hem line and the sleeves – those I narrowed a bit, left the traditional cuff off and made a new cuff with a slit.
I definitely had fun with the “appliqués” on this tunic top! I love this embroidered fabric!
I cut off a section of the embroidered fabric with a couple of birds and flowers on it and pressed a light interfacing to the back of it, with a cloth over top of course. Then I carefully cut out the birds and flowers.
I was again lucky to find the correct colours in my thread stash! After I decided where I wanted to place everything, I basted the embroidered pieces to my fabric with Wonder Tape.
I used the appliqué stitch on my sewing machine.
I am very happy with the result!
I’ve really enjoyed making this one and think it will fit into my life style just wonderfully!
If you would like to know more about the Challenge, click on – Designin’ December!Thank you to our sponsors!
I had a couple of Questions aboutDesignin’ December.
Do I have to copy a “high-end” Designer?Nope! If your taste leans towards something like these Nordstrom jeans – from Veronica Beard RTW at a cost of CAD $418.42 – make them!
I say … “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?” Just show us your Designer Original photo and your Designer me-made Copy!
Another question –Do I have to sew it and post it in December? Nope! Inspiration strikes us all year round! Anytime during the year you might find your Designer Original and make your Designer me-made copy – make it, post it, let me know! I’ll save it for the fashion show in Designin’ December!
Don’t be shy now. If you have questions, ask away!
Now it’s time to update you on my Designin’ December me-made Copy. I decided long ago to copy thisDesigner Original… an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.
I ran into a bit of a snag because I couldn’t believe that the pants were so PLAIN, but Sue of Fadanista came to the rescue and found a close up of the pants for me. I love the slits in the back of the pant legs!
I originally was going to use a Simplicity pattern from 1999 that I have used before, # 8740, but I thought I would pull out my self-drafted pants pattern that I drew up a while ago, after many fittings of my muslin, and give it a try instead!
I compared my self-drafted pants pattern with the Simplicity pattern pieces. There wasn’t much difference so I cut the pieces out using my self-drafted pattern pieces. It felt safe enough! We shall see how it turns out with this 100% cotton fabric.
Look at that, I even have matching thread in my stash!
Zipper attached, inner and side seams basted.
Approximately 100 fittings later – which meant trying them on, taking photos from all angles, examining the photos, picking the seams out, sewing them up again, and doing it all over and over again —
— I ended up really liking the fit on the RIGHT FRONT LEG and the LEFT BACK LEG!!! LOL I’m determined though … perhaps just one more fitting session is needed!
Of course, I had to pick apart my side seams along the top yet again to sew in the pockets! I cut the corners of my front leg pieces in the same shape as my pockets.
Pocket lining pieces attached.
The belt loops and waist band were attached.
The waist band inner facing was attached too. Then I picked it apart in a few spots so I could slip in the forgotten belt loops and sew it up again!
Last bit of machine sewing …
Next, the hand sewing is done.
Now for the slits in the back of the pant legs. I cut the 2″ hem off and an additional 5″ for the cuff.
I cut four pieces to make the two new 5″ cuffs.
They turned out nicely.
They were machine and hand sewed on.
Final photos? Nope! Not yet! Not until I can wear them with my Designer me-made Tunic Top!
How’s yourDesignin’ December me-made Copycoming along? Do tell! Any Questions? Just ask! If you would like to know more about the Challenge, click on –Designin’ December!
I know. I completely stole the image and the quote. Thank you White Rabbit for helping me illustrate my panic! LOL (illustration by Sir John Tenniel and written by Lewis Carroll)
NO, NO it isn’t too late! Chill! It’s not too late to start … keep working on it … and finish! I am myself just finishing off on my pants (photos this weekend?) and I plan to do more cutting and sewing this weekend on my tunic top of my Designer me-made Copy of this Designer Original – an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.
Keep in mind though, I do NOT wear pink, so I am using this green for my pants. What would you call it “Emerald”? “Shamrock”? No matter, I love it and I don’t have anything like it in my closet!
Now that I am at the hem-up-my-pants stage, I wonder … Should a person who is 5’5″ on a good day wear “shorter” pants, like this model? Also, I can’t tell from this Designer Original photo, but are there “slits” in the sides of these pant leg bottoms? What do you think? Let me know in the comments, please!
Oh! I have news! We have another DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 Sponsor!
Gotta love those early morning emails! This morning I got word that another prize sponsor was joining us! I hope you are all planning, digging into that fabric, cutting or sewing because now you have a chance to win one of 17 Prizes in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018!
Today I welcome … (as usual, click on the names to head to their shops)
Now, just in case this is the last post you read before you start your Designer me-made Copy, let me go over the details just one more time!
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! (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 boardhere, OR on Facebook, join the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Group (closed group). (Find it through my Facebook page.). 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 boardhere 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!
Download this year’s LOGO now and then upload it onto your social media.
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 for the blog entries and a vote for the 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 2018 Midnight GMT.
Yes, it’s true! In the early hours of this morning, my first email received, I heard from another generousDESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSOR! (As usual, click on their names for a “bee-line” to their shops!)
This is going to be a LOOONG post! This year, I’m so pleased at the number, and the variety, of prize donations that have been offered up by ourDESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS! I must admit this is my favourite post of the year – these PRIZE SPONSORS just brighten up my blog!
No more delay – our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS in alphabetical order. (Check out their websites too – click on their names – browse around, pick out the prize you want to win!)Continue reading →
I was so pleased to see so many lovely Designer me-made Copies entered this year! 22 sewists posted on their blogs, 35 on their Instagram accounts, and of those 18 posted on both to increase their chances! I thank you all for planning and sewing and joining in, and thank you to those who followed along and voted! A special thank you to our PRIZE SPONSORS! Didn’t we have fun! 🎉🕺💃🎊
Everyone had the chance for two entries if they followed my blog and my Instagram. The IG “likes’ were easy to see, but the blog votes were hidden from everyone. I only just looked myself tonight! If someone won on both my blog and my Instagram, I gave them the win where they had more votes and then was able to add on another winner – one prize per sewist!
Our PRIZE SPONSORS generously donated ten prizes, which were chosen blindly and randomly, from:
Itch to Stitch – two PDF patterns of the winner’s choice
“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”
For an incredibly long time I have been disappointed with the choices, quality and sizing of ready-to-wear. For years now my idea of shopping, online or in the stores, is to browse or fondle and get ideas for what I can make for myself.
RTW just doesn’t stand up to Handmade anymore. The landfills are full of unwanted clothes. Now I am hearing of textiles that are treated with chemicals (why?) before they are made into RTW fashions. (What is happening here?)
So now we have the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge – find something you like, a Designer Original, and COPY it. Let’s see your Designer me-made Copy!
Here are our DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challengers, in no particular order:
The Petite Cat
The Sewing Goatherd
Vintage Sewing Machines
Elle Gee Makes
Valentine & Stitch
Life in a “Mads” House
Sewing à la carte
The Pretty & The Kitsch
Dream Cut Sew
Emma and her Machine
Creations by Paula
Who do you think was most successful in making a Designer me-made COPY of their DESIGNER ORIGINAL? Let’s pick the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2017 WINNERS.
The top five Challengers in this poll will win one of the 10 randomly selected prizes – the other five random prizes will be given to the top five Challengers in the #designindecember Instagram vote. You might see some entries in both places, on the blog and on Instagram, but it will still be one prize per sewist.
Poll results will be hidden. The winner will be announced in 1 week, after the poll closes Monday, January 8, 2017.
I want to say “Thank you” to our generousDESIGNIN’ DECEMBER SPONSORS!
Itch to Stitch – two PDF patterns of the winner’s choice
Named Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice
Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice
Sense & Sensibiliity – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice and one Vintage ebook
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! – a mystery sewing grab bag
Now for the voting:
NOTE: With the Instagram vote, I am going to re-post each of the 35 Designer me-made Copies again separately and in no particular order – so please wait until you see them all before you vote.
HOLD ON! You couldn’t get your sewing and posting done before the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2017 deadline? Let me know and I’ll include you in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018! (Yes, I will be back again next year! Will you?)
REMEMBER: Just by participating in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER you are already a WINNER because you have a Designer me-made Copy – better and for less!
to all the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER CHALLENGERS, SPONSORS and those in the AUDIENCE!
To our CHALLENGERS, some of whom might be here for the first time and some of whom have been here before, I’d like to say thank you for participating and sharing your Designer me-made Copies! I hope you have enjoyed it as much as me!
To our generous PRIZE SPONSORS! I’d like to give you honourable mention and a proper introduction …
Itch to Stitch has generously donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice from the Itch to Stitch Shop here. Kennis Wong says her “designs are really my personal style. They are modern and elegant. Perhaps they are not always simple to sew (because I love details!), but they always have high-quality finishes. Of course I want them to fit well; that’s why most of my designs have many sizes and different cup options.”
Joannas Art and Cardsis generously donating a box set of 10 Art Cards (with envelopes) measuring 5 x 7 inches. Take a peek at Joanna’s Etsy shophereor her Instagram account @jvandervlugt_illustrations. Joanna has sold her art and cards around the world from Germany, to North Hollywood, California, to Francisco Beltrao, Brazil. Joanna enjoys illustrating vehicles with a preference for European sportscars, but she loves illustrating motorcycles, especially Café Racers. She has had the pleasure of illustrating a professional motorcycle rider from the Brazilian Ruma Na Stradaracing team, as well as the 8th-place finisher in the 2017 BMW GS Challenge, this illustration is a featured card in the set.
Sense & Sensibility Patternshas kindly donated ONE ePattern to the winner. Their website ishere. Jennie says “Many customers had asked me to sell copies of the patterns I created to make their outfits. At first I wasn’t sure about drafting patterns for a wide range of standard sizes, but I finally took the plunge in 1998, publishing my “Regency Gown Pattern”. The immediate success of that pattern convinced me that there was a market for wearable, historical patterns that evoke the grace and charm of times past, and that’s when Sense & Sensibility Patterns was born.”
Vintage Pattern Lending Libraryhas generously donated THREE $25 Gift Certificates. Here’s theirEtsy Shop.Deirdre says “Since 1998, The Vintage Pattern Lending Library has been home to a continuously expanding collection of over 10,000 historic sewing and needlework patterns, rare publications, and other fashion related materials dated from the 1840s through the 1950s. The archives contain materials from countries around the world. Our mission is to return as many of these items as possible into public access, so that anyone with a love for historic fashion can experience them as close to the originals as is possible.”
Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patternshas donated ONE PDF pattern. Their website ishere. Betsy says SBCC Patterns “gives me an outlet for my own personal expression and OCD of making things. I am fit obsessed and have a general preoccupation with perfectionism. I get a genuine thrill out of grading patterns and studying sizes for practical application.”
Paprika Patternshas donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice, take a browse through at their websitehere.Lisa and Stef want us to know that “Our patterns are designed with a busy woman in mind. She doesn’t want to feel restricted by what she’s wearing, she needs to be able to move around. Whether she is meeting with friends in the city or feeding the chickens in the backyard, she wants comfort and style. Her clothes are her way to express her individuality.”
Named Patternshas donated ONE PDF pattern to the winner. Have a browse through their shop for all your optionshere!From the website: “Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion. Self-made clothing also allows for freedom of choice; by choosing one’s colors and materials and by changing garment details, the customer can be part of the design process. If dressing is a way to express oneself then self-made clothes are self-expression at its best.”
Last of all, we have Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! (and you know me!)
Good luck to all the Designin’ December 2017 Challengers. You can cast your vote for the 22 blogger entries (so far) on my next post. Then I will repost on my Instagram all of the 35 Instagram entries (so far) and you can vote with your “likes” there. Voting will be open for one week only.
Please note as the #designindecember hashtag is full of lovely photos and ideas, past and present, it might not be clear who is in the running, so I will repost on my own Instagram, tagging the Challenger. Please also note I will be setting my Instagram account to private so only my Instagram followers can vote. (Unfortunately, I have had to screen a few unwanted followers lately.)