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[UPDATE]: Congrats to winners woman and Linda74Sews.

To kick off our inaugural sewing competition for the new year, we’re giving away two copies of our new book. Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s by Nora Abousteit with Jamie Lau.

Vintage Looks Meet Modern Fashion
Dior’s New Look silhouette. Jackie Kennedy’s sheath dress. Madonna’s bustier. Fashion trends come and go, but certain iconic styles never fade. Make them for yourself with BurdaStyle’s new guide to sewing fashion through the decades. Five adaptable master patterns for tops, dresses, and pants are transformed into nineteen unique projects for both women and men that draw inspiration from key fashion moments. These influential looks—from the Roaring Twenties to the Awesome Eighties—are all modernized and reinterpreted for today’s sewing enthusiasts.

BurdaStyle, the world’s largest online community of people who sew, is synonymous with stylish sewing and high-quality patterns. In this follow-up to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, we provide step-by-step instructions and techniques for customizing the enclosed master patterns into new design variations, all perfectly fitted for you. You’ll also get a taste of fashion history—the essential designers, signature trends, and style icons from each era—to help you channel your inner Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, or Yves Saint Laurent.

BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern combines the best of fashion from the past with an updated approach to sewing. Whether you prefer a slim-fit pant, the perfect men’s button-down, or a versatile shift dress, this book offers a classic collection that will last you a lifetime.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What is your favorite decade of style and why?

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). Two lucky winners will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team

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    Jan 10, 2013, 01.35 AMby Lollyrosedragon

    definitely the forties. Evening wear, especially, was so elegant and rich. The change of styles to embrace curvy silhouettes was fantastic. I love the very fitted waistline looks too.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 01.27 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I love the 20s and 30s silhouettes. very feminine and great jewellery and shoe to go with it!

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    Jan 10, 2013, 01.07 AMby Connie Ricker

    Oh so hard to choose one era. When I was young I loved A-line dresses and mini skirts from the 1960’s. As I aged I became a fan of the fashions from the movies of the 1940’s. I also love the pantsuits from the 1970’s. Most recently, I’m intrigued by ‘steampunk’ fashion. Okay, okay I’ll chose the 1940’s because I’m older now and the 1940’s style suits me the best.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 12.55 AMby kelisabeth

    I love the 40s, classy details, pretty boatneck collars and delicate little jackets.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 12.06 AMby lrm

    I love the dresses of the 20s- beautiful with great silhouettes…

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    Jan 9, 2013, 11.41 PMby freakusbzzz

    I love the 10’s and 20’s although they wouldn’t suit my body shape.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.35 PMby lauramae

    Most days I prefer the 40s or 50s. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would grow to love 1960s fashion, I would not have believed it. But somewhere along the line, I have added the 60s to my list of favorites right along with the 30s. Basically anything vintage is okay with me (I do not consider 80s vintage!).

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.31 PMby vicsguy2009

    love to read.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.22 PMby Nayila Wright

    The 1920’s would have to be my favorite. S wave hairstyles, drop waisted dresses and beading, oh my!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 09.57 PMby bonitamcp

    I like certain styles components from each of the decades. I think I like the 30’s and 40’s a little more.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 09.34 PMby littlewren

    I’m a 60’s type girl! I wish I had the twiggy physique to fit the sweet shift dress shape! Love!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 09.06 PMby nikkihuffman

    I love the brink between the 50’s and 60’s, I think it’s the best of both decades as far as elegance and figure-flattering looks. The 60’s in Europe (sans hippies, of course) I especially love; I just want to BE one of those girls! I don’t particularly like the 70’s, but then again I’ve been wanting to make myself a romper for next summer so maybe I’m coming around.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.48 PMby lienepien

    The 50’s and 60’s, the swinging dresses and skirts.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.39 PMby Lucia Dolezajova

    I like the 20s, because it was the beginning of the new ages for women – finally. Their voice became louder, their oppinions more important. Feminism, that"s it. Women started to work, they got the right to vote, also the fashion showed their freedom – no corsets anymore, but gorgeous dropped -waist dresses.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.10 PMby YasmeenS

    I adore 70s fashion! It was an era of personal freedom, so the styles are flashy, sassy, and irreverent, which I love.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.01 PMby DorisS

    I adore 40s for their playsuits, but 50s for the silhouettes (Brigitte in her lovely skirts comes to mind).

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.24 PMby karasumegami

    I love the 20s and 60s, the A-line dresses, dropped waists, boyish looks! swoon

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.20 PMby cate09

    My favorite decade is 1960-1970. The fashion transformation influenced by the ‘youth explosion’ of the post war baby boomers reaching their 20s was huge — and still felt today. From Givenchy to Carnaby Street all bets were off – and the concept of ‘vintage modern’ was born in that decade!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.18 PMby clementine75

    I love the 40s, it’s so glamour, elegant and sophisticated !!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.16 PMby dianetanya

    I would say that I probably love the 1940s. So many pretty details and elegant silhouettes!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 05.54 PMby emperorny67

    I like all the eras of fashion everything in each decade is very different and inspirational, Evryone has it unique techniques in sewing, style , textiles and design.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 05.09 PMby Linda74Sews

    Clothing from the 1960’s were my inspiration and motivation to sew. I learned how to sew in the early 60’s and was inspired by the looks Marlo Thomas worn in the popular “That Girl” TV series. An A-line dress with a Mondrian color block pattern is what comes to mind when I think of the 60’s looks. I can’t wait to revisit and refashion those styles.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.25 PMby qml347

    I LOVE the 30’s. A little bit more sex appeals and the gowns were very sexy.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.21 PMby Redozmomphiladelphia

    Love the sixties To me it is when style changed. Living in school uniforms then finally being able to Wear REAL clothes. Defined a Rite if Passage!!!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.20 PMby lauriana

    Late 40’s to mid-50’s, the New Look taking hold, post-war restraint still in place… Glamour garanteed!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.10 PMby tanetane

    I’ve always liked the twenties flapper look.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.07 PMby thaack

    I’m a child of the ‘80s. So that’s where my style lives.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 03.58 PMby kusum k

    Style and fashion are not constant. They are ever-changing. Each decade was unique in its own way. I respect style in all forms and hence i would say all were my favorites. U cannot get the flavor of one in the other.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 03.29 PMby Bronteroo

    In the past I always loved the 30’s and 40’s, but I’m really starting to get into the 70’s. Glam and boho, oh my!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 02.58 PMby guineveresmom

    1940’s for women’s suits and 1950’s for dresses. I love the femininity and the elegance of women’s clothing from both those decades.

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