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Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl & A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution.

Sewing never goes out of style, and today it is more popular than ever! Sew Retro offers twenty-five stylish, vintage-inspired sewing projects—beautiful bags, essential skirts, unique pillows, and more—that are a pleasure to sew, thanks to easy instructions, helpful diagrams, and a pocket of ten full-size patterns.

This fun, inspirational book also uncovers sewing’s colorful history, from the introduction of the sewing machine to the modern DIY movement, and features interviews with today’s hottest fabric and pattern designers, including Amy Butler, Betz White, Barbara Brackman, Emma Brennan, Judie Rothermel, and Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics. Filled with gorgeous project photography and quirky vintage illustrations that bring the 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, and beyond to life, Sew Retro celebrates sewing yesterday and today.

Learn more about Sew Retro and enjoy bonus projects and tutorials at!

Click here for purchasing info on Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl & A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What decade inspires you the most?

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.01 PMby gege13

    I really like the ’60s style!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.55 PMby Rocio Martinez

    I love the 20’s style. I always get inspired by it!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.48 PMby liminef

    I love the 30’s… thanks for this opportunity to win a copy! :D

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.45 PMby petitepear

    30’s. Bias cut garments fascinate me. I want to look good AND be comfortable!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.37 PMby flutefish

    I’d say the 1950s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.36 PMby aine1

    I love sewing with vintage patterns, so getting this would be awesome! Cheers!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.29 PMby lmb

    I think I would have to say that 3 decades inspire me. 20’s,30’s, and40’s. This is a time when women still put effort into dressing proper, but the clothing was not as restricting as it was before the 1920’s. I love deco style elements and all the small details in the clothes of this period of time.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.20 PMby saxysarah

    I love the fashion of the 20’s as well as the 50’s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.19 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    I love the 20s & the 30s but I also enjoy looking at current fashion & adding those details into my hand made garments.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.18 PMby Jamie DSC

    I’m into the 40’s. I guess I like the big shoulders

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.17 PMby Jennifer Gregory

    This would be an awesome book to have

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.15 PMby sewicked

    I love the clothes from the 1940s and 1950s. They fit and flatter my figure so much better than the latter styles.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.00 PMby elisabetsy

    I am inspired by right now! Love the current resurgence of interest in vintage styles from all decades!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.00 PMby HelenMoore

    I just love the cloths from the 1920’s. I love the titanic era.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.00 PMby Leah Baade

    I’ve been super into the early 50s. I have a pile of vintage dress patterns that I’ve been working my way through. Who knows when I’ll get to wear them all but if I’m going to be sewing, I might as well get to work on something fun. Besides, there’s nowhere that you can’t wear a dress, but plenty of places you can’t wear pants!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.59 PMby CelineP

    For me the 1920’s and 1950’s were innovation periods. The first one with the skirts to knee length, the cloche hat. Women got comfortable and elegant clothes. The second one with Christian Dior, Coco Chanel,… was the femininity period with new fabrics. The pencil skirt and the peter pan collar have been created.

    I love those eras in fashion!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.50 PMby Lisakouwenberg

    I love the 60’s!!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.48 PMby Valeria Masiello

    50’s and 60’s are my favourites. My mother still has some burda patterns for kids of the middle of the 60s…yes! I was a lucky little girl ;)

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.46 PMby jenniferjoycreative

    I would be so happy to add this to my sewing library!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.44 PMby Jane Seymour

    The cover looks fab would love to take a look inside.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.43 PMby luuluu

    Awesome! Cant wait to get a copy. :)

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.38 PMby Amanda Gonzales

    I love sewing vintage patterns from the 50’s. Years ago I found a picture of my grandmother, during her high school years, wearing this very feminine polka dot dress. I’ve been hooked ever since!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.36 PMby bluerabbit

    I loved the decade of the 50-60’s with the fitted jackets with peplums and full or fitted skirts that made ladies feel like ladies. but I grew up in the 70’s and that’s were I learned to sew, so I did like a lot of the styles from that period as well.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.33 PMby Camilla Martinsson

    I love the clothing from the 30’s and 40’s, all the women looked so proper and beautiful with all the hats and coats and those marvelous dresses. But I like the 60’s as well since the options were more free and relaxed, it was rebellious and new! :)

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.32 PMby Amy Cartwright

    I am so inspired by the 1960s and how anything seemed to go. The most creative era in fashion!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.30 PMby brunareiss

    Me and my mother just love the 50’s!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.29 PMby Laurie Green

    SO hard to choose! I love the styles of the ’50s and the fabrics of the ’60s. I know I am NOT inspired by the ’80s. I cringe when I look at photos of myself from back then!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.25 PMby miki81

    This would be a great win & a great read!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.25 PMby Katarzyna Kwiecień

    My favourites: the late 30’s, early 40’s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.24 PMby haber

    30’s and 40’s. Love the elegant lines. Alili is right – ‘People seemed to put more effort into dressing up during such times.’

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