If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I've been away these past couple of weeks, but what better way to return to blogging than with a celebration? It has been such a treat to help select the winners of the 2015 Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge end-of-year competition. There were some truly wonderful items sewn up this year and the competition entries were seriously challenging to chose between. My fellow judges - Kerry, Amy (editor of Love Sewing Magazine) and Hazel (Assistant Buyer at Remnant Kings) - and I pondered long and hard before coming to our decisions, and I'm delighted to announce that the winners are.....
Allie J for her beautiful wedding dress!
There were a lot of entries in this category with a great representation of different decades. But it's tricky to beat someone who has made a beautiful silk and lace dress for arguably the biggest event of their life.
Congratulations Allie, you win a £100 voucher to spend online at Minerva Crafts.
Tasha for her cropped top!
This top is a double whammy - a restyle from a shirt as part of The Refashioners challenge that uses a vintage McCalls pattern. Tasha has turned a huge man's shirt into a fun crop top.
Congratulations Tasha, you win a £50 voucher to spend online at Remnant Kings.
Carmen for her Rosie the Riveter dungarees!
This category was dominated by jumpsuits and playsuits but Carmen's gorgeous dungarees were a huge hit with all the judges.
Congratulations Carmen, you win a £50 voucher to spend online at Abakhan.
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Nicole for her Plaid Swing Jacket!
There were some really strong entries in this category too, but Nicole's pattern matching skills gave this jacket the winning edge.
Congratulations Nicole, you win 5 Simplicity Reproduction patterns of your choice and a year's subscription to Love Sewing magazine.
Lauriana made a stunning 1930s dress which was really popular with the judges, as well as drafting a gorgeous 1950s style suit. She was really committed to the pledge and a well-deserved winner.
Congratulations Lauriana, you win a $20 credit to spend online at Adele Bee Ann patterns and £25 voucher for The Village Haberdashery.
If you're one of our lucky winners, please email Kerry at kerry[at]kestrelmakes[dot]com to claim your prizes!
I bet the unveiling of our winners has left you feeling inspired to get busy with your vintage patterns, eh? Well, Kerry and I will be announcing plans for the Vintage Pledge 2016 before the end of the month - so watch this space!
Finally - a big thanks to our generous sponsors for the end-of-year prizes! A special thank also to all of our sponsors throughout 2015, who offered up giveways, offers and discounts.