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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 8, 2013, 08.44 PMby Scary Merry

    The fifties are my favorite, probably because I love to swing dance and fifties clothes are a lot more fun to dance in than forties clothes.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.35 PMby Melissa Beacham

    I love the 40’s and 50’s both a sign of their times but complete opposites. I love that the 40’s were practical, ultilitarian, masculine yet feminine, and the 50’s are complete frivolity and a celebration of the female form.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.19 PMby kristeni

    Love the silhouettes of the 50’s and 60’s. I am currently working on a 50’s campshirt. Lots of fun!!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.59 PMby GreenLover

    I’ll say the 60’s. I love the dresses acentuating the waist. I’ll love to win the book to learn more.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.54 PMby rltejkl

    I love the bustles and over the top looks of the 1880’s. So muck so that I even started collecting and presenting Vintage Style Shows so I could make and wear them!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.54 PMby yelmore

    I would really appreciate this!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.28 PMby heather-noel

    I am completely in love with the early 1900’s -1920’s overdresses! Sheer, lace, beading. . .my love may border on obsession! The men were also dressed so dapper; I love a man in a good suit!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.21 PMby bttn

    I like the ’60, the geometric A-lines, mod style, Twiggy.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.16 PMby annyulla

    My favourite decade are the sixties. I like the black and white and also the a- line.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.14 PMby andreia00

    I love 18th century fashion. I love all those details on clothes.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.10 PMby makroma

    I love the 1950s, so stylish and glamorous. But as I don’t have the curves, I tend towards the 1960s.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.08 PMby Nadia Dresscher

    I love the fashion of 60’s, it’s rebellion poetry: sleek, geometry, mod love, the hair do’s, I love that we are now able to learn to make vintage clothes we so admire, thanks to the Burda community. The Burda community is awesome, I have learned a lot already from the first Burda Sewing handbook. I can’t wait to start sewing these beauties, with some 60’s music in the background to get in to the groove. LOVE from Sunny Aruba.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 07.07 PMby pauline alice

    My favourite decade would be the 1950’s for the very feminine silhouettes, from full skirts to wiggle dresses…

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.46 PMby natsunoyoru

    Each decade has something I like, but overall I prefer 50s style! I like the simplicity of the makeup, elegance of the clothing- love the cap sleeves and the length of the skirt is usually a bit past knee…. :)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.37 PMby LizS

    My favourite decade is the classically feminine 1940s and I would love to add some clothes of that style to my wardrobe

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.35 PMby mwilton

    I love the colours and shapes of 70’s fashion! It was fun and free :)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.33 PMby audie2002

    The 90’s – it’s all about comfort for me! Although it’s not the most stylish (I would have to go for the 1910-1930’s and 50’s for that)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.25 PMby Jamie Grace-Duff

    I love the 30’s but the 1940’s are better suited to my body type. Adrian – sigh. Vionnet – so inspiring!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.20 PMby nouvellegamine

    the 30s and the 70s. The 30s has so many beautiful details like fluttering caplets or ruffled sleeves. Plus the silhouette was great for me personally. Loose blousen tops, fitted waists and straight skirts with godets are all gorgeous. The 70s because I love huge romantic sleeves and collars, high boots, earthy organic colors, and hats.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.13 PMby Jenny Haggerty

    I love the fashion of the ’50s.. mainly the full skirts and pretty dresses!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.03 PMby starryeyes11

    I love the 30s! So streamlined, yet feminine.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.02 PMby klassykate

    The 50’s for sure! the silhouettes of the different styles were very flattering. The 50’s also liked to have fun with its colors and prints. Whenever I want to make a new dress, I immediately think of a classic 50’s dress with a full skirt, darted bodice, and three-quarter length sleeves. Oh, and red lipstick. Can’t forget that! =)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.56 PMby wildcatspow

    Ooh, the ’60’s are my favorite! I love the modern, geometric prints and the sleek, youthful silhouettes!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.55 PMby Nyasha Toyloy

    I looked through this book at Barnes & Nobles and fell in love. I must have it.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.54 PMby Helen Williams

    I love the glitz and sparkle in many 1920s styles, but I think my final answer would have to be the 1960s – if I could dress like Jackie O every day, I’d be happy!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.53 PMby rynsnn

    It seems to be popular – but I love the 1950’s. The sweet A-line dresses just flatter my figure well!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.43 PMby tgooding

    Probably the late 50’s, the full skirts and slim waists suit my shape best!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.42 PMby Sandi Jones

    I love the 1940’s style. I have a pattern and a half-build dress from that era. I hope this year is the year I’ll finish it!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.40 PMby Nianest Alers

    I have really like the 20’s drop waist silhouette, since I was a child. Of course back then I had no idea that influence was from the 20’s but I enjoyed it. Another favorite decade of mine is the 60’s (early to mid 60’s), thanks to the Mod style

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.39 PMby no4daughter

    My favorite decade of style is the 60’s. I love the progression in style that can be seen from the early 60’s to the end of the decade. So many changes for women and fashion.

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