Wow-wee you guys! The lovely girls at The Foldline, Kerry and I had our work cut out for us picking the 2016 end-of-year #VintagePledge winners, with almost 400 brilliant entries to choose from! A MASSIVE thanks goes to our generous sponsors for making it possible to recognise your efforts.

Before the big reveal, I just wanted to update you on the 2017 #VintagePledge. Sadly, Kerry and I have pretty busy years ahead so it won't be possible for us to organise guest blogs and end-of-year prizes this time round. However, we'll both still be sewing our way through our vintage patterns and we certainly don't want to loose momentum on such a successful initiative. We've set up a 2017 Pinterest Board which we'd love you to share your makes on - just follow the board and ask me to add you as a contributor. We'd also love you to continue using the hashtag #VintagePledge when sharing your makes on social media so we can inspire others by sharing them.

Personally I will be blogging my pledge soon, so please feel free to do the same or to comment on my upcoming post with your own plans. I'll see if I can convince Charlotte to design a cool new button for us too...hehe!

Finally, if life is a little calmer than last year...you may see the return of #VPJuly...but I can't promise anything yet!

Anyway, that was quite a drumroll...now for the exciting announcement...

2016 #VINTAGEPLEDGE WINNERS

Dresses

With SO many awesome dresses entered in the competition, I'm really grateful to our sponsors that we're able to give out two prizes!

First prize - £50 to spend at online Weaver Dee - goes to Nicole Needles for her gorgeous 1950s creation. She paired a reproduction Vogue pattern with unusual animal-print fabric and got the fit spot on! We love the high neckline and the party going on at the back, which you can check out on Nicole's blog.


Our second prize - a £50 Sew Over It voucher - goes to another 1950s reproduction, but we couldn't resist Sara Jolie's lovely lemon number. The unexpected colours work wonderfully together and the oversized collar is fabulous. Cheers!


Tops

For out third winner, it's become a bit of a tradition to make annual Halloween-themed blouses using a vintage 1950s Butterick pattern. We're head over paws with By Gum, By Golly's kooky black cat make so we're giving her £50 to spend at Sew Essential.


Bottoms

Gold...always believe in your soul...you've got the power to know...you're indestructible...

The 1950s may have dominated the first three prizes, but Sew It or Throw It's gold satin spandex skirt has brought it home for 1979. Seriously, this skirt is all kinds of awesome, well deserving of a £50 Girl Charlee Fabrics voucher.


Outerwear & Accessories

My goodness, did you guys excel yourselves in this category! But the £50 Remnant Kings voucher goes to Vintage Gal for her very beautiful 1930s winter jacket. It really is a work of art and although she's yet to blog the finished garment, she has outlined some of the fascinating vintage techniques she adopted during the making process.


Best Pattern Adaptation

Choosing finalists for this category was such fun, especially when we spotted Amy MacKay's Wonder Woman dress, cleverly made using a 1960s pattern. Pretty cool, huh? And worthy of £30 to spend online at Beyond Measure and a carefully selected fabric kit from Sew Wardrobe.


Showstopper

Pretty Mermaid's Purse's stunning Film Noir gown well and truly blew us away, and is the worthy winner of a £100 fabric hamper from Minerva Crafts and three patterns of her choice from Decades of Style. Not bad for a pair of curtains and her first time using a 1940s pattern, eh?!? Head over to her blog for more pictures and a better look at her 1940s fascinator, kid gloves and shoes.



2016 #VINTAGEPLEDGE FINALISTS

As I've already said, there was a staggeringly large number of entries to sift through and inevitably, lots of them caught our eye. Here are the finalists in each category...I only wish we had prizes for each and every one!

Dresses




Tops

Nicole Needles (left & right)


Bottoms



Outerwear & Accessories




Best Pattern Adaptation


Sew It or Throw It | The Sewing Goatherd | Remake Remodel Recycle  (leftright)

Showstopper


Pretty Mermaid's Purse (left & right) | Gillian Wightman | Vintage on Tap


Wowzers! Without wishing to get too political/emotional 2016 seems to have universally sucked for so many reasons.

It's been a challenging year personally too. I've travelled as far as Seoul in South Korea, and less impressively to London and Brighton, to support Charlotte through her transition. Worrying about her surgeries and keeping it together during her often gruelling recovery hasn't exactly been a walk in the park. Her latest recovery is ongoing. 

At the same time I've also been getting to grips with a new job (which isn't so new anymore) and to top it all off, we challenged ourselves further by ploughing ahead with some serious house DIY. We transformed one of our spare bedrooms, as well as our own bedroom, which I've yet to blog about.

So despite the temptation to call 2016 a write-off in terms of sewing and blogging, I must remember the above and be kind to myself. So, what have I achieved?


2016 MAKES

I stitched seven makes this year, excluding gifts for kiddies. With the exception of Hayden, they're all hits so I can't really complain...





#VINTAGEPLEDGE 2016

I may not have fulfilled my own #VintagePledge this year, but you guys have been as prolific as ever! To recognise your efforts Kerry and I have organised nine awesome prizes across six different categories, as part of our End-of-Year competition. Make sure you enter your makes by the end of today (31 December 2016) to be in with a chance of winning!

We also had a whole load of fun during #VPJuly with a wonderful line-up of guest bloggers and yet more prizes during our month-long Instagram challenge



WHAT'S NEXT?

At the risk of not sounding ambitious, I'd like an easy ride in 2017. I feel like I really need a breather after this year...like I need to look after myself better and make time for the small things in life that excite me. These include sewing (of course), hanging out with friends (stitchy pals and others) and travelling /holidaying for fun (not for surgery)!

I'm really looking forward to getting back in the sewing seat with SO many ideas swooshing around my head. To break myself back in gently, and to make a much-needed dent in my fabric stash, I've lined up some simple yet super cute projects... 




As for the #VintagePledge in 2017, I truthfully don't know what the plan is yet. I feel I need to scale it back as it's as time-intensive as it is enjoyable. Trouble is, I've loved seeing it grow over the last three years and your contributions have been SO inspiring! I may keep it simple with just an Instagram challenge in July while I gather my strength for something bigger in 2018. Either way, I'll keep you posted!


How has 2016 treated you? What are your hopes for 2017?

It sure has been a little while, but I'm delighted to be back with good news for #VintagePledge friends!

Despite my rather laissez-faire approach since #VPJuly, you've been busy sewing bees and we'd like to acknowledge your wonderful work with another End-of-Year Competition! First I’ll talk you through the fantastic prizes, categories and our guest judges, then I’ll explain how to enter...


THE PRIZES

Dresses 
With dresses being the most popular #VintagePledge entry, we're offering up a prize each for two lucky winners. £50 each to spend on anything online at either Sew Over It or Weaver Dee.

   
    

Tops
T-shirts, blouses, shirts, as well as crop, halter and any other tops you've made will be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend online at Sew Essential.


Bottoms
This category covers all bottoms, including culottes, jumpsuits and playsuits, with the prize being £50 to spend online at Girl Charlee Fabrics.



Outerwear & Accessories
We're recognising the best of your coats, hats, gloves, scarves and all other accessories including toys and homewares, with £50 to spend online at Remnant Kings.



Best Pattern Adaptation
Creativity goes a long way, so if you've refashioned, modernised or hacked your vintage pattern in any way we want to know about it. You could win £30 to spend online at Beyond Measure and a carefully selected fabric kit from Sew Wardrobe.




Showstopper
Finally, we're looking for the wow-factor...an extravagant wedding dress, evening gown perhaps, coat, suit, etc! If you impress you could win a £100 fabric hamper from Minerva Crafts and three patterns of your choice from Decades of Style.




GUEST JUDGES

Kerry and I are very excited to have Kate and Rachel of The Foldline fame to help us pick this year's worthy winners...thank you SO much ladies!!!



HOW TO ENTER

Entering the End-of-Year competition couldn't be easier! Everything already pinned to the dedicated #VintagePledge board is eligible and you just need to pin any new entries you have. If you don't already have permission to pin, then just get in touch with your Pinterest username/email address and I'll give you the relevant rights.

You don’t need a blog to take part and if you don't have a Pinterest account, just email me your picture(s) and I can add them for you.

Rules

•    You can enter as many items as you like for each category
•    Please only upload one picture per entry

Closing Date

The competition will close on the 31 December 2016 at midnight GMT. We will announce the winners in January 2017.

Questions?

Kids clothing fits into the same categories as above, but please comment below or email me if you have any questions about the competition.


Right, I'm off to try and complete my modest #VintagePledge this year...until then, happy sewing and happy pinning!

Do you like surprises? Then you'll love Sew Hayley Jane's subscription boxes

If you don't already know, the idea is delightfully simple: each month you can sign up to receive a themed package of fabrics and haberdashery items handpicked by Hayley herself. What you end up making with your goodies probably depends on what size package you go for, as fabric lengths vary.



There are three options to choose from, which you can set up a regular subscription to or just order when you feel like treating yourself.

£20 Mini Box: 1m of fabric, 3 fat quarters and a selection of haberdashery items

£35 Medium Box: 2.5m of dressmaking fabric, 4 fat quarters and a selection of haberdashery items

£65 Luxury Box: 3.5m of luxury dressmaking fabric, 5 fat quarters, an indie sewing pattern 



What you can see pictured is October's medium box, kindly sent to me by Hayley to review. It was super exciting to receive it in the post and a real pleasure to unwrap its beautifully packaged contents!

This month's Autumn Bliss theme was nailed by Hayley with a wonderfully warm colour palette. As a dressmaker rather than a crafter, I was most excited by the 2.5m of fabric, which is a moody floral cotton blend with a medium weight and nice drape. 


This concept is ideal for the adventurous stitchers among you. The boxes are fun to receive, look lovely and are filled with nice quality products. It would also make a very thoughtful Christmas, Birthday or Valentine's Day gift for a special someone...or for yourself of course!

Adding to the sense of excitement is one of my favourite features of Sew Hayley Jane's website...the rather helpful countdown clock!


Personally though, I don't think I would subscribe to monthly boxes, as I'm not daring enough with my cash. If I'm spending money on sewing supplies, I need to know I'm going to definitely like and use them, as I'm quite particular in my fabric and sewing pattern taste.

One thing that would maybe sway me is if boxes were differentiated between dressmaking and crafting. As lovely as fat quarters are for example, I don't have much use for them, so I'd rather have more dressmaking fabric or an indie sewing pattern instead.

However, if you have a sense of adventure, then I think Sew Hayley Jane's fun offering is perfect for you!