How rude …

I almost let the day pass without saying “Thank you!”  I love being connected to the sewing and crafting community through social media!  Today, I have been blogging for four years, organizing Designin’ December for three years and enjoying a RTW fast for almost two years.  From my first post through to Designin’ December, it’s been great fun! 

IT’S TIME TO 

I have a bit of a THANK YOU GIVEAWAY.  If you would like to have your name  included, just leave a comment below letting me know all the ways that you follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!”  Wordpress? Bloglovin? Instagram? Pinterest? Twitter? FaceBook? email? … Have I missed something?  Let me know in your comments below!

I will collect the names and pull one from a basket and announce the winner next Monday night, November 20th, oh let’s say … after 8:00 pm (Pacific Time).  Don’t be shy!  Overseas followers are also welcome – just as long as you can be patient with the postal service!

So, you ask, what’s the THANK YOU GIVEAWAY?  I love sewing do-dads, so I thought I would giveaway a Clover 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge from Nancy Zieman!  (Rest in Peace Ms. Zieman, a talented crafter and teacher.)

So let me know in the comments below – How do you follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” and I’ll go get some bits of paper, a pen and a basket to put the names in!

Happy Sewing!

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!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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.

Only one prize per sewist.

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 …

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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

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!

My Fabric Stash … and a game!

A while ago, I detailed how I organize my Pattern Stash, here.  Over the years, I have probably collected, and received from others, over 200 patterns.  I still use the same method I blogged about back then, but now I also have a photo of each of my patterns on my iPad.  Always at my fingertips!  

I put the envelopes in plastic pages into binders with all the dresses together, jackets, etc.

I put the instructions and pattern pieces into one plastic zip bag and store the bags numerically in banker boxes.

I find this way I can easily browse through all my pattern drawings and the information on the back.  After I have made a decision on which pattern I want to use I move to my banker box and pull the pattern instructions and pieces out.

My fabric stash is long overdue for some sort of organizing.  Continue reading

THE Biggest Grandstand Show in Canada!

Let me explain, in case you missed my IG feed … I headed back to the Calgary Stampede for my summer vacation!

I was in such awe of THE Biggest Sewing Room in Canada when I saw it in August of 2014 at the Calgary Stampede, I just knew I would have to return to see THE Biggest Grandstand Show in Canada – the TransAlta Grandstand Show – and all the talented performers who ultimately end up wearing all those costumes made by all those talented sewists in THE Biggest Sewing Room in Canada. Continue reading

4,442 miles …

between Victoria, British Columbia, and Edinburgh, Scotland … and why am I telling you this?  Well today I started as this week’s “Fashion Superstar” over on CUT OUT + KEEP!

CUT OUT + KEEP is an Edinburgh based craft community I would like to introduce to you.

But let me start from the beginning …

A few months ago, well the end of February to be exact, a very patient Cat Morley asked me if I was interested in being a “Fashion Superstar” on her craft community CUT OUT + KEEP.  Well of course I am!

Then life interfered (sigh!) and a very patient Cat Morley asked me again.  Again, I replied “Of course I am still interested!”

So while I was in Mexico, lying poolside in the sun, I planned and organized and wrote and rewrote and reviewed and came up with seven project posts for CUT OUT + KEEP.  I’m featured this week, so head on over and take a peek here!  Check out some of the other crafters too!  I don’t think I have ever seen a site that has so much variety, everything from desserts to slinky cabaret dresses (those two probably don’t go together so well) but CUT OUT + KEEP has it all!

So why was I thinking about 4,442 miles?   Continue reading

Woah! Hey guys n’ gals …

Look at me!  I’m over there!  Specifically … I’m over at High Latitude Style today with Nicole and a few fellow sewists!  Check out our contributions here, at High Latitude Style and get some great advice on designing your own clothes.

My contributions were my black Sewaholic Hollyburn and my Butterick top (B5645).

Excuse me now, while I dash over to High Latitude Style and check out all the contributions from some really talented sewists!

Happy Sewing!