In Sew For Victory

sew for victory final projects and giveaway winners


Aww this part always makes me a little sad! Today marks the official close of the 2014 Sew For Victory sewing challenge. Thank you, to each and every one of you, who participated and made something special for the challenge. It’s such a beautiful thing to see so many different types of woman, of all skill levels, with both inspired and traditional 1940s style, coming together under a common love for vintage sewing. It makes my life better I’ll tell you that! I hope everyone enjoys the slideshow (it’s a long one so grab some popcorn!) and I hope to see you all next time!

(p.s. for my own sanity, most of the slides are in order as they appear on Flickr. Also, I decided to go the super low budget route for the giveaway announcement this year. Even though it was so fun to do a second video for that last year, William and I both have several deadlines this week and couldn’t make it happen. Maybe for the next one…)

If you’re having trouble with the video, you can also find it here on vimeo.

I have to give a special little shout-out to Sara and Loran who completely surprised me by using my Spoonflower prints! How awesome is that!?

And now for the giveaway winners! I said low budget lol. You’ve been warned πŸ˜‰


Well that was definitely the less fanciful way to announce the winners, but you ladies won fair and square! Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you this week to collect mailing information and the such. (For the Chinese Auction style drawing, I drew 4 random names out of their accompanying prize bowls if you couldn’t tell that’s what’s going on in the above photos haha! …and yeah. Two of them are dog bowls. What can I say besides “low budget” as promised.)

Again, thank you everyone for making this Sew For Victory another wonderful sewing challenge! I hope you’re all proud of what you made because you definitely should be!

If you sat this sew-along out, Tasha and I are about 90% positive that we’re bringing back Fall For Cotton for a round two this year so stay tuned for more vintage sewing with a twist!

Did I mention you all are incredible? Because you are. …I’m going to watch the video again πŸ˜‰


AND!!!!! Oh my gosh I almost forgot… A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SEW FOR VICTORY SPONSORS THIS YEAR!! Judy at Vintage4me2, Lauren at Wearing History Patterns, and Lindsay and Charlie at Hawthorne Threads! Thank you for contributing to our giveaway prizes, and offering pattern discounts for our participants!


  • I can’t believe I just found this and it’s the wrap-up post!!!
    I was so excited to find this sew-along -via the Midvale Cottage Post blog- and to find that it just finished was a blow…….

    Such beautiful entries! Congratulations everybody!

    • Aww I’m sorry about that! Don’t worry, there’s another vintage-inspired sewing challenge coming up in just a few months and we’d love to have you! πŸ™‚

      • That’s wonderful!
        I’ve signed up for updates so I won’t miss the next one……

  • I’m dying. These are amazing! Great video!

  • Hello Rochelle,

    Thanks for putting the video together – what a great collection! Vintage style rules.

    Love the dog bowls. For the prize draw on my blog I used a tea caddy and videoed it. Much more fun than getting the computer to do it.

  • Congrats to the winners! And thank you so much for putting this Sew Along together. It was part of many ‘firsts’ for me and sewing! I had a blast and can’t wait to sew more! Thanks again and keep up the great work and blog!

  • also, I love your fabric! The “bird” fabric was a special birthday present I finally got around to using. πŸ˜‰

  • I have been moving and I haven’t had internet access until now! I’m Sarah at the blog “Sarajolie”. Thank you so much!!!! Yeah!!!!

  • Such amazing stuff! I forgot I was watching NEW versions of vintage inspired makes. Can’t WAIT for Fall for Cotton : )

  • So many fabulous outfits!! Thanks for hosting this really fun project, Rochelle, and for putting together the fab video showcasing so much sewing talent πŸ™‚

  • I’m blown away by the variety and quality of makes this time. Definitely going to have to watch the vid a few times because there’s so much inspiration there. Thank you so much for hosting this, Rochelle and all your’s and Wil’s hard work! Much appreciated.

  • Great video and so much wonderful projetcs β™₯ Thank you for making me realize “I can do it” !! πŸ˜‰

  • Thankyou so much for putting this wonderful video together. The Challenge has been a fantastic opportunity for us all to push ourselves that little bit further with incredible results. Your hard work is really appreciated Rochelle and I can’t wait to take part in the next one!

  • Yeah, thanks so much for making a video! I have really loved observing this event in the past, and it was my first time to participate this year! It was loads of fun!

  • Wow! My mind is blown! We all did so well, all those lovely makes are proof that the online sewing community is made up by some seriously talented individuals πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Rochelle, for hosting, and letting us all shine πŸ˜‰ Congrats to the winners!

  • Thank you for hosting this sew along and for the final video. It was lovely to watch. So many beautiful projects! Everyone should be proud!.

  • helenajust

    This was lovely to watch. So many beautifully-made clothes!

  • Good job everyone! : ) Congrats to the winners!

  • Megan

    seriously brilliant- well done to everyone

  • Thanks for putting all this together. What a wonderful presentation! I can certainly see the dedication it takes! A very fun event.

  • How fabulous! I didn’t get a chance to post my Sew for Victory project but it was for an extra special event with a professional photographer so I don’t have photos yet. I’ll have to post them as soon as I get them. It’s always so great to see what everyone else made! Seriously, we’ve got one creative group of people!

  • Wooohooo (I’m at 5 minutes 33 seconds) Thanks for this . This was my first sew-along.. I can’t wait for the next one!

  • Wow! What a bunch of talented people,so inspiring. Thanks for hosting and putting together this together!

  • This video is beyond awesome. THANK YOU for all your hard work in the sewalong, *especially* putting that video together because I know it was literally hours and hours of work for a labor of love! So fantastic. I can’t believe the amazing garments people sewed. So inspiring!

  • Piper Springs

    Wow! It made me so happy to see what everyone created. You are all beautiful in your fab forties wear!

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity

    Great video–lots of wonderful outfits, including a few I missed on my perusal of the group! Unfortunately half my outfits didn’t make it. Oh well. Looking forward to Fall for Cotton!!

    • Hey Juliana, I had to cut some things since the video was already 9 minutes long. Lots of people made several outfits and not all of them got featured, but at least one outfit from everyone made it in!

      • juliana @

        Ah, gotcha! Thanks for all the hard work you put into the video–it really is a great work!! It was fun to do this sew-along!!

        • Well thank you, I will relay that to Wil as well since he helped me put all the slides together and cut the music. I really appreciate your enthusiasm for the sew-along, it certainly shows with all the lovely things you made!

          • juliana @

            Aw shucks. *kicks the dirt* Thanks!

  • Thanks for putting this together, Rochelle! So many inspired looks and great sewing on everyone’s part. I’m so glad I was able to join in this time.

  • Wauv what a great movie with all that fine clothes: I could also see and hear it all day long. and Im looking foreward to see Fall in cotton.

    Love from Lis

  • Yes please to fall for cotton!

  • congrats for all participants !!! and the winners !

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I want to watch that video on repeat all day. There are so many beautiful outfits!

    Thanks for hosting this again!!!