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Paging all fashionistas, DIY sewers, handmade hobbyists, and vintage enthusiasts! We have a HUGE announcement to make. Our second book is coming out this year, entitled BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s. In fact, it’s already available for pre-order at sites including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

I just received my advance copy today and am SO thrilled that we finally get to let the cat out of the bag. Taking a cue from our members’ love of retro-chic style, working on creating the designs and projects featured in this book has truly been a labor of love. It’s so surreal to think that all those countless hours of work have finally resulted in a beautiful, tangible object to share with the BurdaStyle community and beyond.



While fashion fads come and go, the classic styles in this book are truly timeless – from Jackie O.‘s signature sheath dress to a Madonna-esque ’80s bustier. Similar to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, this book comes with five customizable master patterns that yield literally endless variations. Starting with basic forms for dresses, pants, skirts, and shirts (and yes, we even have menswear projects!), you can transform from one look to the next with our easy-to-follow instructions.

In addition to sewing and patternmaking tips, you’ll also get a crash course in vintage fashion. Each chapter focuses on a different era including signature silhouettes, designers you should know, must-have accessories, and style icons.

The book comes out on December 11, 2012, but help us start spreading the word today! This is a perfect guide for every sewer, from beginners to experts, and offers enviable vintage looks with modern sensibilities.


Jamie Lau is BurdaStyle’s Editorial and E-commerce Manager and the Co-Author and Lead Designer of the forthcoming book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks From the 1920s to 1980s. A self-taught seamstress, she now designs for her eponymous fashion label and teaches sewing courses in New York City, where she resides.

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    Nov 28, 2012, 07.29 PMby Avery Cassell

    What menswear projects are in the book? Thanks!

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      Nov 28, 2012, 10.07 PMby Jamie Lau

      Hi Avery! There’s a basic men’s button-down shirt that can be sewn in multiple fabrics (denim, lightweight wool, etc.) and that can be adaptable to many variations including a tuxedo shirt and Mandarin collar jacket à la George Harrison.

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    Nov 24, 2012, 04.35 PMby cikk

    My book arrived today. It’s great – I like the overviews of the various periods, I like some of the projects, the layout is good, and the drafting demos are brilliant. I am not so happy about two of the base patterns – a man’s shirt is useless for me – no men in my life since a while! – and the pants have seams down the front and back, something I don’t like. But the rest of the book makes it worthwhile. Congratulations on a job very well done :)

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      Nov 26, 2012, 04.32 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks for your thoughtful points. I’d love to see what sewing projects you make!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 12.42 AMby cikk

    Mine was mailed yesterday from bookdepository UK. They tend to get books earlier. And they ship worldwide free:). What fun!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 12.41 AMby cikk

    Mine was mailed yesterday from bookdepository UK. They tend to get books earlier. And they ship worldwide free:). What fun!

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    Nov 21, 2012, 12.18 AMby sanguinestitcher

    It looks like it’s already available here:

    http://www.bookdepository.com/Burdastyle-Sewing-Vintage-Modern-Nora-Abousteit/9780307586759

    The cover is different and it has 20 projects instead of 19!

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      Nov 21, 2012, 04.16 AMby burdastyle

      Hi sanguinestitcher,

      I believe that site has an older version of the book description listed before it was officially printed. The book cover pictured above (listing 19 projects) is the official version with the master patterns as featured here: http://www.burdastyle.com/burdastyle-sewing-vintage-modern

      In addition to the five master patterns, the new book also comes with some additional pattern pieces for a more user-friendly experience.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

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    Nov 5, 2012, 03.34 AMby amoryw

    I’m excited to take a look at this.

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    Oct 5, 2012, 03.42 PMby Jamie Lau

    Hi BurdaStylers!

    I just got info on the international release dates: The book will be available through Amazon UK, Germany, and Italy on December 11th. Amazon France will have it available on December 28th. GMC, the UK distributor, will also have it available on December 11th.

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    Sep 29, 2012, 08.07 PMby hannabanana81

    I have The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook and can’t wait to add this to my collection. I love vintage looks!

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    Sep 27, 2012, 08.58 AMby shilisha

    Congratulations!Well done!

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    Sep 26, 2012, 02.32 PMby Aish23

    Looks exciting, is the book available in South Africa as yet?

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    Sep 26, 2012, 01.40 PMby lakaribane

    What is a lifelong Burda fan with a birthday in Dec supposed to do? Pre-order, that’s what!!!

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    Sep 25, 2012, 06.13 PMby cikk

    What fun! I’ve actually had this on my wish list on amazon.com and bookdepository.co.uk for weeks now – guys – when you look at a book on amazon, it shows you books that are in the same type of taste – and that’s how I knew about this ages ago////

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      Sep 26, 2012, 08.18 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Thanks so much for dropping me a note to let me know about bookdepository.com. Head right over there now :))

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    Sep 25, 2012, 04.52 PMby sewmodest

    I saw this a couple of weeks ago on Amazon for preorder and was wondering why nothing had been mentioned here. Is there any chance we’ll get a book preview?

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      Sep 25, 2012, 04.59 PMby burdastyle

      Stay tuned on our site in the coming weeks for more info!

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    Sep 25, 2012, 04.52 PMby RosieRabbit

    Any chance of a sneak peak inside??

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      Sep 25, 2012, 04.59 PMby burdastyle

      Stay tuned on our site in the coming weeks for more info!

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    Sep 25, 2012, 08.31 AMby elizabethking

    I’ve pre-ordered mine. How exciting

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    Sep 24, 2012, 09.13 PMby wzrdreams

    Congratulations Jamie & Nora. I can’t wait to read the new book.

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      Sep 24, 2012, 11.56 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Grace!

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    Sep 24, 2012, 05.02 AMby Mara Castro

    oh my! I will definitely treat myself to this book! Although I am just learning to sew I am sure getting this book will inspire me to put a lot more effort to learn. I love it.

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    Sep 23, 2012, 09.56 PMby alicewang

    Very exciting! Could you let me know what the pattern sizes are please? Often I struggle with Burdastyle patterns as I need a 32 (and a lot of them start from 36 onwards).

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      Sep 23, 2012, 11.48 PMby Jamie Lau

      They will start at a 32!

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    Sep 23, 2012, 09.31 PMby daughterfish

    Congrats, Jaime! I’m so excited to get a look inside the book!!!

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      Sep 23, 2012, 11.48 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thank you so much, Christine!

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