“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” … for Designin’ December 2018!

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.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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!

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Designin’ December 2018 UPDATE – ANOTHER Prize 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)

Spool & Spindle


Spool & Spindle – gift certificate worth CAN $25


Spool & Spindle joins our other generous PRIZE SPONSORS …

Style Arc


Style ARC – gift voucher worth AUS $50


Andrea Designs


Andrie Designs – PDF pattern bundle of 3 bag patterns

Emmaline Bags


Emmaline Bags – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

@FiberstoFabric (Instagram)


Fibers to Fabric – gift certificate worth USD $25, along with goods worth USD $25 chosen by Fibers to Fabric

Funky Monkey Fabrics


Funky Monkey Fabrics – gift certificate worth CAN $25

Helen’s Closet


Helen’s Closet – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Itch to Stitch


Itch to Stitch – two PDF patterns for two winners to choose

JCVArtStudio (Instagram)


JCV Art Studio – pack of 10 art cards with envelopes

Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H


Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Named Patterns


Named Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!


Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! – a mystery sewing grab bag

Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns


Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

SBCC Patterns


Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice

Sense & Sensibility


Sense & Sensibiliity – one PDF pattern of the winner’s choice and one Vintage ebook

Vintage Pattern Lending Library (Etsy)


Vintage Pattern Lending Library (Etsy) – gift certificate worth USD $25


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!



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 board here, 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 board here 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.

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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.


Happy Sewing!






What was that you said … another Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsor?

Yes, it’s true!  In the early hours of this morning, my first email received, I heard from another generous DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSOR!  (As usual, click on their names for a “bee-line” to their shops!)

Style Arc


Style ARC – donating a gift voucher worth AUS $50


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Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsors!

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 our DESIGNIN’ 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

Or, perhaps maybe I am …

Of course, the only reason Canadians have Thanksgiving is to “celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the last year”.  I don’t have a harvest, but every Thanksgiving our family says “Thank you” for what we have.  This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my list to “Be Thankful” for is very long – but then I am always one to add more to my Be Thankful list than my “What a Bummer” list …

One thing on my Be Thankful list is the number of wonderful sewists, bloggers, Instgrammers, Fabric companies and Pattern makers out there that make my hobby so much more interesting.

Now on that topic, you might have seen a flurry of weird activity on my part on you blog today.  It seems for about a month or two I haven’t been getting my usual email notifications that you have posted something new (on my Bummer list!)  I wasn’t sure if it was an iPad problem, as I always use my iPad and only occasionally use my laptop.  I also only occasionally look at the WordPress Reader to find out what you have been working on.  More often than not, I sit on the bus to work and back (now 1.5 hours each way – on my Bummer list!), reading emails with copies of your new posts that are sent to me.  I haven’t been getting those emails and have been wondering if anyone else out there is actually blogging anymore!   Continue reading


My Mom and Canada Day — by Susan on the Soapbox

My sister has always been better with words than me.  (I’m better with a needle and thread!)

I am sharing her post here and taking a couple of weeks off social media to spend with my family.


I’ve always had a tough time remembering my mom’s birthday. Mom was born a couple of days after Canada Day and I was usually off in La La Land celebrating the end of school, moving, or doing lord knows what before I remembered that her birthday was just around the corner. All that changed this […]

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#MMMay18 … and a bit of tidying up! …

Hello All!  👋😁 I’m back!  I had a lovely week off work during which I got a lot of “work” done!

I signed up for #MMMay18 this year and now that it is pretty much over I thought I’d give you my version.  The last time I signed up for #MMMay15, I took frantic photos every day of my me-made garments.  This #MMMay18, I decided to not take photos every day, but to learn what I had in my closet and what I should make.  Are my sewing plans on track?

I did #MMMay15 around the same time I started my RTW fast.  For three years I have only purchased things that I can’t sew – like footwear, undergarments, socks, knitted things …

When I analyzed my wardrobe this #MMMay18 I found at least 60 me-made items.  You’ve seen them all here before.  You don’t have to see them all again!

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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:


Well you have had plenty of time to look over the Designer Originals and Designer me-made Copies so let’s just get right to it!  

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“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 Petite Cat

The Sewing Goatherd

The Sewing Goatherd

Steely Seamstress

Steely Seamstress



Paisley Pirouette






Vintage Sewing Machines

Vintage Sewing Machines


Elle Gee Makes


Valentine & Stitch


Mahlica Designs


Life in a “Mads” House

Life in A "Mads" House

Sewing à la carte

Sewing à la carte

Seam Racer




The Pretty & The Kitsch


Belle Citadel




Dream Cut Sew


Emma and her Machine





Creations by Paula

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 generous DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER SPONSORS!

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!

Good luck!



Just want to say Thank you! …


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 Cards is generously donating a box set of 10 Art Cards (with envelopes) measuring 5 x 7 inches.  Take a peek at Joanna’s Etsy shop here or 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 Patterns has kindly donated ONE ePattern to the winner.  Their website is hereJennie 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.”https://sensibility.com/blog/category/patterns/

Vintage Pattern Lending Library has generously donated THREE $25 Gift Certificates.  Here’s their Etsy 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 Patterns has donated ONE PDF pattern.  Their website is here.  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 Patterns has donated ONE pattern of the winner’s choice, take a browse through at their website here.  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.”

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

Happy Sewing and Happy New Year!