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generation q magazine giveaway!


Today is my birthday, so to celebrate I have a little present for two lucky readers! I’m very excited to report that I’m featured in the November/December issue of Generation Q magazine in an article all about vintage sewing. The lovely folks at Gen Q gave me two extra copies to share. Wasn’t that nice of them?!

In the article you’ll read the ins and outs of sewing with old patterns, as well as tips and tricks from some pretty amazing ladies, including: Lauren at Rosie Wednesday, Gertie at Blog for Better Sewing, and Lynn from Little Red Hen. It’s an honor to be featured along side such great seamstresses, and speaking with Linda (my interviewer) was also a real pleasure. It’s so nice to be able to talk to eager ears about why I love vintage sewing so much, and in turn, it was wonderful to pick up the printed magazine and read why these women love it too!


I don’t want to give too much of the content away, but it’s quite a few pages long and packed full of some seriously helpful sewing tidbits! …and some funny quotes from myself now that I read them again haha! William laughed when he read the part about us not being married because I can’t find the right sewing pattern for the occasion. We’ve been together for five years now so I’m sure nothing out of my mouth surprises him anymore 😉

For a chance to win: (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)

Leave one comment, using a valid email address where I can reach you, and your first name.

Also, just because I’m curious, let me know how you feel about vintage sewing!

This giveaway will close on Tuesday, November 26th 2013 at midnight EST.

I will randomly draw TWO winners and announce them on Wednesday the 27th.

Good Luck!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, you can find Generation Q magazine at select Jo-Ann and Barnes and Noble locations, and many other local on online sources.




  • Stevie

    I am new to sewing, but love the classic, timeless look of vintage clothes. I hope to become better at sewing in general and want to focus on vintage sewing!

  • Jenna O

    I love vintage sewing! 🙂 Vintage dresses are usually classic and beautiful 🙂

  • I went searching for this magazine and couldn’t find it anywhere in Mimi. So I’m hoping I win.

    Vintage sewing is challenging especially if sewing from a vintage pattern. Reading the pattern alone requires a certain level of skill. It’s totally worth it thought… the finished products are unique, don’t resemble the “hot” fashion of the moment (as newly released Big 4 patterns tend to), and become, in some ways, newly revived bits of history.

    In a word: Love.

  • geraldine

    hoping to make a 1930s dress for goodwood!

  • Happy Birthday!
    I sew quilts but I haven’t sewn clothes before!

  • Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing the Trendology guide – It really is a very good read.

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  • nadine

    i am still fairly new at sewing– working on my first quilt. i like the vintage look!!

  • Christina Mano

    Well done for being published, Rochelle! You most definitely are the most inspiring vintage sewing blog I know of 🙂 I hope you spent a great day on your birthday, by the way 🙂 I really like vintage fashion and vintage sewing patterns but as I am a curvy girl, I sometimes find it difficult to find patterns in my size or to make the patterns work for my shape…but I keep trying 😉 All the best, Christina.

  • Laura

    I AM TERRIFED OF vintage sewing! I LOVE the fashions of the 40’s Hollywood era the best and I even have several vintage patterns in my Vogue Pattern cabinet at home. But I have yet to make anything truly vintage! I need Help to get over this fear!

  • Kathy

    Wow, am I to late to win? Love the vintage patterns, have some of my Grams, great aunts and my mom! Original Barbie patterns from 60s! Have made lots of aprons with patterns from the 40s! Luv GenQ! 🙂 Kathy

  • Ashley P

    OMG, Alfred NY? My husband grew up around there — does Erie Line Antique Mall still exist in Hornell? Because we went there once and I nearly died trying to see everything in the limited time we had. I live in NH but I dream about going back there all the time.

  • Happy BiRtHdAy to Youuuu~ From a Fellow Fabric Enthusiast 🙂
    I adore anything Vintage and love sewing so the combo is very good.
    Thanks for the chance to win !
    If you look around thrift shops, there are sometimes original 40-50’s “finds” in the clothing. Even if the article is beyond repair or a drab color, you could use it for creating a pattern and remaking your own version 🙂

  • Happy birthday Rochelle. And congratulations! I love the feel of vintage patterns.

  • Patty

    Happy Birthday! I love the vintage look. I’m glad to see some of the (reproduction) patterns returning. Patty

  • Emily C

    I find vintage sewing very interesting. Perhaps because my mother sewed and my grandmother sewed.

  • maggie p

    Happy Birthday! I just learned how to turn on a sewing machine last November and I haven’t stopped. I absolutely love everything to do with fabric and thread!

  • Kim Campbell

    Happy Birthday!! I loved the article and seeing so many faces I “know” via the internet! Please do not include me in the drawing as I have this issue. 🙂

  • Happy birthday! I like making up vintage patterns because firstly, they fit the body properly and in a flattering way, and you can trust the pattern envelope measurements! Secondly, I have a face that lends itself quite well to vintage styling, and I am addicted to hats, so everything just works. 🙂

  • Helen

    Happy Birthday! Gertie got me started on vintage sewing, and then I found you, and then I found Lauren. Now I alternate a modern project with a vintage project. I love the online sewing community, and thanks so much for your continued participation!

  • This article looks adorable and informative!
    I love looking at vintage pattern art online, though the oldest ones I have in my personal collection are from the early 70’s. And also some re-prints from the 50’s and 60’s. I love Gertie’s book and patterns, every single one of them, because I feel they’re the best of both worlds. The ease of modern patterns and the finished look of vintage. However I agree with you that there’s something infinitely more magical about the history of a pattern that the paper is literally 70 years old. I just personally haven’t gotten my hands on any in my sewing career yet.

  • Happy Birthday! My daughter loves vintage and we started purchasing patterns last year and then opened our Etsy shop to list the ones we had used or did not fit. The things I like most about sewing with vintage patterns is the instructions are well done and it is about quality. I have learned many new skills in the process.

  • mad14kt

    Happy BDay! 😉 I pray you many, many, many more!!! ENJOY!!!

  • I love sewing vintage patterns, and have been making baby clothing for my two new grandsons with them. Some are patterns I used when my own four were babes, and some were sewn first by my own dear mother. I’m about to try the challengeof a 1940s pattern that has no printing, just an outline and a series of marking holes. Etsy is a great place to find vintage children’s patterns. I love the attention to detail and the classic sewing techniques in vintage patterns. I also enjoy making things from vintage knitting and crochet patterns.

  • I’m one day late, but Happy Birthday! 🙂 I love the idea of sewing with vintage patterns, and I own three patterns from the 50’s, but I haven’t tried sewing with them yet. I tend to stick to vintage inspired and retro patterns. I guess I just haven’t found “the one” pattern to kick off my vintage sewing yet!
    I’d love to win a copy of Generation Q magazine, because I haven’t seen it for sale in Norway. 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Julie Mari (

  • Happy Birthday! I haven’t been sewing vintage yet, but in advance, I’m collecting ideas. I like the dresses and the men blouses.

  • One day late, but anyway, Happy Birthday Rochelle! I hope you had a lovely day! It was also the 6th anniversary of my boyfriend and me, so we celebrated together, only hundreds of miles away (oh, Internet, how I love you for things like this). And only for the record, we aren’t married yet, either, mostly because we can’t decide where to celebrate 😉
    How great to be featured in that magazine, I love reading one’s own name printed officially (I was able to contribute some small projects to a diy-magazine, so I know that fabulous feeling).
    I love vintage sewing because it has an elegance in it, that is often lost now-a-days. My collegues always tell me how well dressed and “chique” I look, but for me it is completely normal. I am not a great fan of jeans, nor of jersey, I adore pressing a blouse and a skirt in the morning, this is what makes a day start well for me. And I love to see how people don’t even realize, that I wear a vintage pattern, but only see the elegance of a long gone era.

  • happy birthday :). i so want to sew lovely vintage dresses but my sewing just isnt going anywhere and when i where my hair in Victory rolls or dress retro-ish my dh doesnt like it 😛 oh well :/ lol

  • Happy birthday Rochelle and congrats on being in the magazine. I’ve never heard of this magazine before but would love to read a copy. I’ve made up a few vintage patterns and one thing I did notice was that tje instructions seemed more involved and also there were no shortcuts, they gave you the more couture way of doing things, which I appreciate.

  • Katie.

    Happy birthday!
    I’ve never sewn with a vintage pattern because they scare me!
    I love the hand holding I get with Indie pattern companies!
    Having said that I I love vintage style so I tend to lean towards patterns that have a vintage vibe?.

  • Woah! Not to steal your thunder, but it’s my birthday too! We’re birthday buddies. I hope you agree that Nov 19th birthdays are the best, not that I’m biased or anything. Congrats on being featured in the magazine! What I love most about vintage sewing… ok a bit superficial… i just love the pattern envelopes and the drawings. I’ve not sewn any of my vintage patterns yet.

  • Honora

    I love vintage clothing and patterns! My large American breasts don’t always allow using vintage patterns. I need to really learn how to resize and alter patterns to fit me. It just seems so intimidating! I did just make some serious MC Hammer pants! Not the vintage I really want to be sewing. Happy happy birthday! Hope Lucille made you a delicious cake!

  • Happy Birthday! May all of your birthday wishes come true. There is nothing like a beautifully created vintage pattern. The styles of the 40’s and 50’s are timeless. I have to admit I am a vintage pattern hoarder, I hold them in my hand and wonder what wonderful garments women before me have made and what women after me will design using the pattern. I have begun a tradition of printing out a snapshot of the garment made with a snip of the fabric attached to the back, sliding it into the pattern, hoping that someone after me will enjoy what I created and will be inspired to add to the tradition.

  • Happy birthday from one Scorpio to another!

    I’ve always had a love of old things, retro things, vintage things, and anything with character, including vintage clothes. As a tween, I asked my grandma to sew me a halter-style dress, a la Marilyn Monroe, and she did–it was pretty awesome. I’ve only recently gotten into sewing hardcore and I have some vintage patterns already stacked in my sewing corner. Still working up the courage to attempt them, though!

  • Congrats on being featured! That’s so exciting!

    I recently inherited a bunch of vintage patterns and I’m excited to try them out!

  • Doris

    I am new to sewing but can’t wait to make my 1st vintage outfit!

  • Mariam

    I would love to win it! I love vintage sewing because the clothes are so lovely and flattering!

  • I love that there are some vintage style patterns being put out by indie companies and even the big 4s at the moment

  • I love vintage style clothes. I have not used an actual vintage pattern, however.

  • Pat

    Happy Birthday! I love vintage sewing because I think of my Grandma when I see anything from the 40’s. I have such great memories of her. My favorite house that I owned was built in 1940. I would love to win the mag.

  • Rachael

    Happiest Birthday! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

    I am intimidated by vintage sewing- but I knew I need to get over it, because if I think of the times I’ve felt really feminine and pretty, it’s been when I was in theater costumes from past eras.

  • Happy Birthday! I feel the very best wearing vintage or vintage inspired clothes. Sewing with vintage or reproduction patterns helps fill in the wardrobe gaps. :o)

  • Happy birthday!

    I love vintage sewing — though I am more of a vintage-inspired type girl myself, but I love to pore over vintage sewing makes. People, you included of course, make such amazingly beautiful and inspiring things. 🙂

  • Happy Birthday! And congrats on being featured in the magazine! I’m not familiar with Generation Q, so I’d love the chance to give it a look through. I just got a new haul of vintage patterns, so expect to see some more vintage sewing in my future!

  • Yay – Happy Birthday! I love vintage sewing and style. I actually signed up for the new sewing vintage Craftsy class even. I can’t wait to get the dress made!

  • Happy Birthday!!! I was just looking for this magazine at my Jo-Ann’s today and they didn’t have it so I would love to win a copy! I love vintage sewing!! I’m wearing my vintage bow blouse right now!

  • Happy Birthday! What a great looking magazine! I do thank you for your sewing inspiration (you’ve given me such a push to get sewing already, plus lots of great ideas!) Thanks for the chance for the publication!!

  • Joyful birthday wishes, darling gal!!! With all my heart, I wish you a day and year ahead of immense bliss, good health, tons of time for creative pursuits, scores of vintage finds (and makes), and countless wonderful memories.

    As I’m not a sewer myself, it wouldn’t be fair (to those who are) for me to enter this contest, so I’ll gracefully bow out, but wanted to wish your a super happy birthday all the same.

    Tons of hugs!!!
    ♥ Jessica

  • Happy birthday, Rochelle!

  • Happy birthday and congratulations on the feature! Of course, I love vintage garments (hence the blog name Vintage Zest), but I have yet to sew one. I will sew vintage-inspired patterns, but I’m a bit worried about how the fit would be on me since I’m more of an apple shape than an hourglass. I love spying on everyone else’s garments and one day I’ll dive in myself!

    Diane (vintagezest at gmail dot com)

  • Janaya

    Happy Birthday Rochelle! I’ve just started Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, so that I can start to learn how to use vintage sewing techniques on my own. It’s difficult for me, but enjoyable all the same 🙂 Congratulations on the publication!!! Great stuff!

  • I’d love to read! I’m cutting out my first vintage, perforation only pattern as we speak!

  • Lili

    Happy Birthday! Why do I love vintage sewing. In brief, because it’s wearable. I was born in the 1950s, grew up in the 60s. My grandmother was still wearing 40s style dresses. They flatter women of any age and you really can’t say that about most of what has appeared in shop windows for the last twenty-some years. I know I sound like a crank, but there was a time when I looked forward to the autumn fashion issues because there were all sorts of wearable clothes that looked smart and were comfortable to wear and reasonably flattering to the average female form. Clothes like that, in nice fabrics and well-made are nearly impossible to find anymore. That’s why I like vintage sewing.

  • Ooooh, I would love to read this! I love vintage sewing simply because I live in an area where finding vintage is either incredibly difficult due to the fact that Edmonton had a trend of destroying everything from the “old days” (this mostly applies to buildings, but I am sure fashion was affected) or incredibly expensive, due to rarity, thanks to my latter point. It is much easier for me to find a vintage or reprinted pattern and recreate it – plus it allows me to be creative, adapt the pattern and put my own spin on it! I also was warned when I started sewing that vintage sewing would be very difficult, but I’m happy to say that it hasn’t been as hard as I thought.
    – Laurie (

  • Anna

    Happy Birthday Rochelle! 🙂 I’ve always loved vintage dresses, especially the full skirts of the 50s and sassy 60s styles (thanks, Mad Men)! Being a newbie though, I stick to the vintage inspired and vintage reproduction patterns… for now. 😉 When I’ve got more experience, I’ll dive into the real stuff! Have a great day, and good luck on that wedding dress pattern hunt!