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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.

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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!
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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.24 PMby joellevandyne

    Mod 60s, all the way!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.22 PMby filmnoirgirl

    Early 60s. Simple lines in gorgeous fabrics, yumm. So versatile too in my opinion.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.19 PMby suzeb

    The ’30s silky bias-cut dresses with insane beadwork…I love that era in dressing up.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.16 PMby stitchwithit

    The great shapes of the 40’s and the amazing colors and patterns of the 60’s!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.15 PMby eckypucky

    h this book sounds so interesting!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.00 PMby awil

    Everything vintage, 1950s and below.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 04.59 PMby heidilea

    The 1930s. The draping, seaming, and deco and asymmetrical details make me swoon. I just love how glamorous and feminine the decade looks, especially in the mid 1930s (1936 is the height). Quite a few 1930s ensembles would not look out of place today.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 04.45 PMby Alili

    I love the 30’s and 40’s. People seemed to put more effort into dressing up during such times.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.34 PMby littleharvey94

    Love the late 30’s, early 40’s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.33 PMby bethw82

    I especially love fashion from the 1920s, lots of unique details.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.29 PMby flashabou

    The 60’s and 70’s. I love wide leg pants, tunics and Bohemian flowing dresses.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.19 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I guess the 50s, although I haven’t made much that reflects it.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.19 PMby alissaslagle

    I love the 1950’s!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 03.05 PMby bepoole

    LOVE retro!!!!! Wish I was brave enough to try it more often. However, I have been trying to incorporate that look into my everyday wardrobe.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 02.53 PMby veronicareed

    I love the fashions of the late 40’s and early 50’s when women wore flirty dresses and tailored jackets. I have a few patterns from those times but have been reluctant to attempt them!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 02.39 PMby audie2002

    While the 50’s-early 60’s works with my figure best, I’m really inspired by all decades other than the 80’s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 02.30 PMby aniawroblewskijones

    I am mostly inspired by the 30s and 40s although I haven’t attempted to make anything from those fantastic eras. My grandmother’s time of youth and her elegance which I’ve seen in pictures resonate with me and must have launched this inspiration. The clothing was elegant and classy to the finest detail. I would love to and most definitely will attempt a garment in the future :)

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    Dec 12, 2012, 01.37 PMby jennyrecorder

    I love the ’20s, my next dress is the Godet Dress from Burdastyle :)

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    Dec 12, 2012, 01.23 PMby GreenLover

    I mostly love the 50’s and 60’s. Probably because I see pictures of my mom with those beautiful dresses.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 12.38 PMby aur0ra

    ’40s and ’60s are my favorite decades for inspiration, but I find inspiration in every decade from the ’30s to the ’70s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 12.20 PMby pambox

    Although I haven’t sewn much (yet!) from this particular decade, it has to be the 1930s. The elegant lines, the Art Deco flourishes, the fancy-but-not-fussy aesthetic of it all, it’s just perfect. Where the 20s can sometimes be a bit shapeless and the 40s can exaggerate the shoulders, the 30s seem to be designed to make everyone look classy.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 11.38 AMby panifrau

    The most inspiring decade for me are the 60s. It begun with simplicity and minimalism and then went to “question it all” approach. The 60s were all about change and exploring everything new . New shapes, new materials, new constructions, new colors and prints.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 11.23 AMby jen2blu4u

    I LOVE vintage! Love anything till 1950’s, but my all time favourite would have to be 20’s. This must be an awesome book!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 11.16 AMby WilijA

    Well, I’m inspired from early Charleston to Rock’n’Roll. So it would be from 20’s to 50’s. The style of each decade is quite different, but I like the feminity. Dresses, hair-style, make-up. Oh… I love it! That’s the big part of my life now. Perfect time – Harlem in 30’s – style, live music and dances at Sevoy club each night till you almost drop… Oh my…

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    Dec 12, 2012, 09.32 AMby gemmafloyd

    The 20s, 30s and 40s are very inspirational! Although the 20s silhouette isn’t very favourable for my figure, the wonderful art deco embellishments just make me want to become a flapper! The 30s are very feminine and the women presented true grace and style. The 40s are wonderful as well, the wartime dresses were practical yet beautiful and the accessories such as shoes and especially hats were stunning!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 08.05 AMby SydneyAnn Malain

    the 20’s always inspire me for assecories and especially headbands and hats but I think clothing i am inspired by the 50’s

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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.58 AMby catarina

    That’s not an easy choice… i think de decades of 20’s and 60’s were amazing years of fashion!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.52 AMby Ularie

    It’s hard to decide which – buth 20s and 30s are amawing and very inspire! Specially the dresses…

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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.39 AMby Semtele

    60s, I like the simple lines and simple paterns, great maxi prints and peter pan collars.

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