Friday, April 6, 2012

Fashion Designer Of The Year - Sew Hip

Do you remember that a while ago I mentioned I had entered a competition Sew Hip magazine was holding? Well it was a competition to find the 'Fashion Designer of the Year' and the 1st and 2nd prizes were amazing.
I decided to enter right at the last minute, the deadline for the initial sketches was 15th November, so on the 14th Nov, I posted in my entry (guaranteed next day delivery postal option!).



Mid December I found out I was through to the next round and I had to make up my dress. My sketch then appeared in the next issue of Sew Hip
(mine is in the top corner)

I had to make the dress and get it to Sew Hip by the 15th Jan! now this was hard work as I had seriously lots to do over Christmas, but manage it I did.



And then we waited....
We were told that the winners would be announced in the May issue of Sew Hip, which came out on the 29th March.
Subscribers issue come out earlier though and so on the 22nd I woke up, checked my twitter and found that someone had announced the winners.

I knew I wouldnt win, the competition was stiff, there were some really lovely entries, including a wedding dress! But I had been dreaming of the prizes

1st Prize

2nd Prize

I love my sewing machine but these could do so much more! Just look at the size of the throat on the first prize

Anyhow it was with utter amazement that I opened the link on the tweet and saw this

OMG I won, I actually won! I woke hairy up by shouting Oh my god, oh my god and shaking him, boy did he have a fright, he had no idea what was happening! I immediately phoned my mum and sisters in the UK and tweeted my sheer joy. I still dont believe it and have waited until now to blog about it because my Prize arrived at my mums yesterday and so I finally believe its true and I am the owner of a Janome Horizon 7700! (did you know Lynne of Lily's Quilts has one of these and says its amazing?)
I just need to get it shipped over to Oz now so I can start playing!

37 comments:

pippablue said...

Wow! Well done!!!! I am so happy for you and you totally deserve it, your dress is fabulous. Enjoy your new toy!!!!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I am over the moon for you - but you knew that already!!!

You are a superstar!

Sarah said...

So thrilled for you! Amazing prize and amazing win :-) Dress is stunning, well deserved :-)

Aunt Marti said...

Congratulations! Love the dress, delighted that you won -- and looking forward to photos of you and your new machine!

Courtney said...

Oh, that is so exciting!!! Congratulations, you deserve it. I hope you have fun with your new machine!

memmens said...

Wow that is so fantastic, perseverance pays off! Enjoy!

Cal said...

Congratulations! Fantastic dress and well deserved.

Alli said...

Wowee, gratzymabatzy! That's such a fun prize -- I hope you get it from your mom soon! Your dress is pretty! :)

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, congrats! Hope it gets to you in one piece!

Toni said...

Congratulations!! Of course you would win, you are overflowing with talent! Have fun with that new machine!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Wow!!!!! That's amazing!!!! Well done! Your dress is gorgeous and so is your new machine!

Cindy said...

Hurray! That is a beautiful dress. What a thrill to see it winning.

Jess said...

Oh my god that is fantastic! We all know you are a rockstar, glad it's been acknowledged ;o)

Allegory said...

That is fabulous! I would *absolutely* wear that dress! Congrats! I'm so excited for you!

AlyceB said...

Wowwee, that's awesome!! Congratulations!!

Patti said...

Congratulations and well deserved! The dress is amazing!! I have a Horizon as well, and you will be over the moon when you get it!

Ebeth said...

Fantastic! Congratulations on the exciting win - your design is wonderful!

Bask in the glow... :)

Sew Quine said...

wow well done that's brilliant. Your design is gorgeous and a Horizon what a fantastic prize.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Congratulations!!! What a fantastic prize, well deserved your design is beautiful!

Kathy said...

You are amazing!!! It's a fabulous dress and I love that you have chosen the tartan - I would never have been so brave :) congratulations. Imagine all the sewy goodness you'll get up to with your new Horizon! .....I'm very envious :)

lynsey said...

Oh My God!!! that is absolutely amazing!! Congratulations to you, how wonderful, and your design is lovely, so well deserved xx

moira said...

Yy! I'm so pleased. I loved your dress from the get go - it's the kind of design I'd have worn as my wedding dress if I wasn't 6 months preggo at the time and had preggo legs to boot! So pleased for you x

Catarina said...

Im very happy for you :) Congratulations! :)

WandaFish said...

Congratulations!! It's a stunning design and gorgeous dress :)
Have fun creating with your super duper prize!

Danielle said...

How fantastic! Congratulations! Love the dress, you deserve it! :)

Fiona @findingfifth said...

Oh Charlotte...I have tears in my eyes for your win. Very deserving and I look forward to seeing what you create with your new machine when it makes it here to Australia.

elnorac said...

Congratulations! What a great tribute to your talent, eh? Lovely, lovely. And you get that fab sewing machine! How cool is that?

tusen said...

Big congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

Sarah said...

Congratulations. That is awesome! Such a talent you have for seeing a vision and then creating it.

Jules said...

wow!, yay you! congratulations!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh Charlotte, that is absolutely fantastic!!! Congratulations. Your dress was beautiful and I am so so very impressed! Way to go!!!

Indianna said...

Congratulations - it's a fantastic design and nice to know that "real people" win these prizes.

deborah said...

Hurray! Congrats Charlotte! That is amazing and so well-deserved! I'm so excited for you!

Katie said...

Congratulations! So when can we start buying your fashions? ;)

Hollie said...

That's amazing!!! I knew you would win!

BermudaBlueQuilts said...

I have a HUGE smile on my face for you!!! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see what you make with your new toy...

Foolish Feathers said...

Congrats! What a wonderful feeling to win, and what a prize!