Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute: Judge Announcement!


We’re excited to announce our first judge for Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute! Annabelle White will be joining us to judge the baked entries on Sunday 4th November.

Popular television and radio cooking personality Annabelle White is synonymous with good food and fun times in the kitchen. Annabelle believes that keeping food simple, easy, “confidence-building” and delicious, mixed with plenty of tips, funny quips and great recipes make for good times for family and friends.
Annabelle was a long time food columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and also wrote the popular Food Detective column. She is the former food editor for NZ House & Garden and the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. She is now devoting her efforts to her website –
The author of eleven cookbooks Annabelle is also busy with cooking classes and the public speaking circuit. In 2009 the University of Waikato recognized her with the Distinguished Alumni award. Annabelle holds a history degree (MA First Class Hons) from Waikato University.
Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training, her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school. Annabelle’s extensive travels continue to be a great motivating factor in appreciating the global kitchen and learning about good food.

When she was just 17 years old Annabelle spent a year in Dover, Delaware as an AFS scholar. She credits her time with a high-energy, good food-loving Italian American family as a great experience to gain knowledge and appreciation for new ingredients and new cooking styles.
Annabelle’s first cookbook Best Recipes was released in 1997 and had been reprinted multiple times. Many of her titles are now out of print but her sequel to Best Recipes entitled Simply The Best co-authored with Kathy Paterson in 1999 topped the New Zealand best-selling list and remained there for many weeks. Other titles include, Annabelle Cooks, Annabelle Cooks Healthy and specialist cook books in the areas of Christmas, BBQ and Cakes and Slices.
Annabelle began her TV work as the zany food reporter for TV3’s Nightline in 1989 and then on a more regular basis for 5.30 With Jude and subsequently 5.00 With Jude in 1999-2001. She hosted her own prime time shows for World on a Plate featuring filming in New York City and Tonga in 2001. Her foray into Breakfast TV started with TV3 in 2008 and then moved to TVNZ in 2009. Her role with Breakfast has seen her filming food and travel pieces in China (Shanghai), the United States (Santa Monica) and Ireland. Annabelle’s radio work began in 1990 and she has been on-air nationwide on a regular basis since then.
Annabelle’s newest book is Casual Cooking (Penguin) published August 2012.

Check out all the Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute information and enter here!

Very Vintage Entertainers: City of Sales Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club

The City of Sails Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club is a non-profit organisation established in 1988 and is one of Auckland’s largest 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll dance clubs. Our club is based in Bucklands Beach, East Auckland.

We provide dance lessons for juniors (under 18 years), adult beginners, intermediate and more advanced.  If you are organised and can come to lessons 6 months before your wedding we can even get you rock and roll dancing your first dance. There is always something we can all learn.  We have members of all levels and abilities.  It doesn’t matter if you have not danced before, our beginners’ lessons will take you through the basics and you can progress to lessons at other levels.

The City of Sails Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club has a full events calendar each month for you to enjoy a dance and socialise with club members. Clubs nights are only $2 and run on most Tuesday evenings 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm once a week from early February to early December, dances are once a month for eight months of the year and competitions are run twice a year.  We also try to promote other places you can dance on Friday and Saturday nights.  So, there are ample places to meet up with us.

We will be performing at The Very Vintage Day Out on Saturday afternoon from approx. 1.15 pm. Come and say hello and have a to chat to us about taking some lessons and joining our club. Membership cost ranges from $15 to $40 for the year and lessons are approx. $25 per person per set of 4 or 6 weeks. The club is full of friendly welcoming people and we would love to see you.  Great fun and great fitness.  If you happen to love dressing up in clothing from the 50s era, even better.







Want to know more? Visit our website, look us up on Facebook (City of Sails Rock n Roll Revival Club Inc), contact or phone the President, Mark Roberts 0210 352 394 or Linda 021 0266 8577.

Very Vintage Prize Partner: Pattern Postie

Bronwyn – Pattern Postie

Pattern Postie started over 6 years ago after a frustrating search to purchase patterns in a store with a baby and toddler in tow. There had to be an easier way, so I looked online, found nothing, and realised it could be a great business opportunity. The next few months were pretty frantic as I sourced the patterns and figure out how to put a website together. The business runs from my home and grew to a point where we had to convert our garage, much to my husband’s dismay!

Pattern Postie started with 3 brands of patterns and now has 10 different brands in stock including an extensive range of Ottobre and Burda sewing magazines. I pride myself on keeping good stock levels and looking after the patterns (I have my own private collection as well!). It amazes me that there are patterns for (a doggy superman costume?) and I have learned not to second guess what will or won’t sell, as it is often not what you expect!

One of the many patterns available via Pattern Postie

Extra items are always being added to the website, especially the trim, haberdashery and buttons. I often buy something because I like the look of it and it is rewarding when someone else thinks it is worth buying.


A speciality of Patter Postie is the huge variety of out of print patterns and Burda magazines that can be very hard to find. These sell well internationally as well as people can’t find them in their local stores.

Singer sewing machines and Tailormade sewing cabinets and cutting tables have been fantastic additions to my inventory as they are great quality products and my customers are really happy with the quality.
I get some great feedback from my customers who sometimes send me pictures of their completed projects. I enjoy the personal contact with them and it’s nice to know that it is appreciated, as it’s not something you experience with the larger corporates

There is a $100 Pattern Postie Pattern Pack available for first place of each category of the Very Vintage Dressmaking Competition!

Check out Pattern Postie on their website and get sewing!

Very Vintage Sponsors: 19 Black

19 Black is the one-stop shop for Vintage, Rockabilly, and Pinup inspired fashion, footwear and accessories, with storefronts in both Hamilton and Timaru, as well as an online presence.

19 Black embraces the beauty of all women, offering clothing and footwear in a full range of sizes, colours, and styles to match with your individuality. Stocking a wide range of brands, some exclusively in New Zealand, including; Lola Ramona Footwear and Handbags, Hot Chocolate Designs, Joe

19 Black Hamilton Staff

Browns Couture, Hell Bunny, Collectif, Unique Vintage, Retrospec’d, and Vixen by Micheline Pitt, there is a perfect something for everyone.   

Owner Judy began 19 Black 10 years ago after a trip to Vegas as an online shop with a quirky retro tee shirt line, and the business naturally grew into the gorgeous modern vintage fashion store it is today. The Hamilton store is run by Judy herself, her two daughters, Charlotte and Summer, her daughter-in-law, Annabel, and her Mum, Lyn. If you have visited the store or a 19 Black pop up at any of the many events and car-shows we attend, you may have seen some, if not all, of our family in action (Husband, Son, Son-in-law, and 2-year-old Grandson included!)

19 Black Timaru Opening

As Mr 19 Black often spends time-based in Timaru for work and after visiting many times, Timaru was the obvious choice for our second location and we opened earlier this year at 302 Stafford Street. The Timaru store is staffed by three lovely local ladies; Ella, April and Suzi.

This year we have also celebrated our 10th Birthday!

This will be our fourth year attending VVDO and we were thrilled to be approached by Sheena and her team to be the lead sponsor for the newly titled ’19 Black Miss Pinup New Zealand 2018′. We look forward to being part of this event once again and as we have in the past years, we are very excited to be launching a new brand at VVDO this year! Be sure to pop in and see us to find out more.

You can find us in Hamilton, at 421 Grey St, Hamilton East, and in Timaru, at 302 Stafford St. Jump on Facebook <> , or shop online 24/7 at <>  to get your wishlist ready!

Sewing Lectures with Gertie – got your tickets?

Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is the author of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, and Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook. She is the creator of Gertie’s The Blog for Better sewing on, one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs. She has a pattern line, Charm Patterns, and fabrics both available on her website. She teaches in-person workshops throughout the United States, and internationally. Watch Gertie’s Sewing Show and tutorials on

Get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be an International Sewing Starlet! Come ready to talk sewing and mingle with like-minded folks at The Very Vintage Day Out, Gertie Sewing Lectures. Gertie will share tales of her sewing adventures, her latest pattern release and sewing tips and tricks. Come dressed in your favourite handmade ensemble. Hats and gloves encouraged! Date: Saturday, Nov 3rd and Sunday, Nov 4th at 12:15 located in the upstairs classroom. Get in quick as spaces are filling up fast!