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[2/24/2013 UPDATE: Voting is closed.] View the top finalists!

[1/28/2013 UPDATE: Submission Deadline Extended to 2/15/2013!] To kick off the new year, we are celebrating the release of our new book with an exciting sewing competition open to the international BurdaStyle community – the BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Sewing Contest!

The grand prize winner will receive a lovely package valued at $800 filled with prizes from B&J Fabrics, Hart’s Fabric, MOO, and Spoonflower.

How to Enter:
Create a fashion sewing creation to showcase your take on giving a vintage look a modern spin. Use one of the following options as your starting point:

Option One: Make a creation using one or more master pattern(s) from the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book.

Option Two: Create one or more variation project(s) featured in the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book, which are based on the master patterns featured in the book.

Option Three: Create your own variation project using one or more master pattern(s) and/or variation project(s) from the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book.

Upload your project with the words “BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013” included in the project title by February 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (new extended deadline). This project must be a new project, never previously posted on BurdaStyle.com. To be eligible, the project must link back to the pattern from which you based the project on. Only projects following these criteria will be considered for this competition. Limited to one entry per participant. However, you can make more than one project from the book and turn it into an outfit and submit as one entry (e.g., a blouse from the book paired with pants from the book).

On February 19, 2013, the BurdaStyle team will select and post 20 finalists in a slideshow gallery, which will be announced on the homepage. BurdaStyle community voting will be open from February 19, 2013 until 5:00 PM EST on February 24, 2013.

Top 20 Selection Criteria:
1. Creativity - In addition to following contest rules, we are also looking for projects that showcase your creativity and how you interpret the “vintage modern” essence of the sewing competition. We encourage you to alter, embellish, and style your garment to your own liking!
2. Craftsmanship - Show off your attention to detail and finishing skills! (This is where detail shots of your project really come in handy!)
3. Presentation - Make sure your individual creation gets the attention it deserves through quality photography and styling.

The Prizes:
Grand Prize – BurdaStyle Community Choice First Place: A $100 USD gift card to Hart’s Fabric, 3 yards of fabric from Spoonflower of the winner’s choosing, a $50 USD gift card to MOO that can be used toward the purchase of 40 postcards or 100 business cards, a fabric assortment from B&J Fabrics (approximately $550 USD in value), and a limited edition BurdaStyle tote bag. Yes, that’s right, the grand prize includes tons of high-quality fabric to add to your stash for creating more sewing projects!

BurdaStyle Community Choice Runner-Up: A $100 USD gift card to MOO that can be used toward the purchase of 80 postcards or 200 business cards and a limited edition BurdaStyle tote bag.

BurdaStyle Favorite: One lucky winner chosen by the BurdaStyle team will receive a travel iron. The BurdaStyle Favorite will be chosen from the 20 finalists in the voting slideshow.

This competition is open to all BurdaStyle members, no matter where you sew! BurdaStyle is such a vibrant, diverse and fun community of creative people – we can hardly wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember, the last day to post your projects is February 15, 2013, so start brainstorming, experimenting and sewing now! Click here for official rules and happy sewing!


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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.39 AMby JCM Collections

    Does it has to have be from the burda Vintage style Ebook or we can make adress based on the 1920’2 0r 30’s ?

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      Jan 9, 2013, 04.02 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi emperorny67,

      The book comes in both eBook and hardcover formats. The enter the contest, entrants must use a pattern from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern. You can either sew a pattern straight on (no changes), make one of the variation projects featured in the book, or use one of the master patterns to create your own variation.


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    Jan 9, 2013, 03.09 AMby rebeccasusanne

    It has to be a new creation, right? We can’t take a garment already made and remake it using the patterns?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 9, 2013, 04.34 AMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi rebeccasusanne,

      Correct, it must be a new garment. Let us know if you have any other questions!


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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.47 PMby roxydre

    Love the 50s and the 60s!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 06.22 PMby nouvellegamine

    exciting! I’m trying to get it together now that the holidays are over. My son’s birthday was the 5th and we’re celebrating it tomorrow, but after that, we’ll see what I can sew up!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.16 PMby annemations

    Love the vintage modern combination~

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 8, 2013, 06.22 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Good to hear annemations! I hope you enter the contest. We are really excited to see all of the wonderful creations.


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    Jan 8, 2013, 04.09 PMby alissaslagle

    Do we have to purchase the book to participate or can we get some of the patterns through the website?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 8, 2013, 04.17 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi alissaslagle,

      The patterns on the site are for eBook customers to download. There is no purchase necessary to participate. Local libraries often carry sewing books such as these and sites such as MAKE have recently done giveaways. Let us know if you have any other questions!


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      Jan 9, 2013, 03.03 AMby sewantique

      There may not be a requirement to purchase the book but it is so new, the only way to aquire access to the patterns is to purchase the book. I am also disappointed the ebook can not be purchased directly from Burda. Please advise if I am wrong. Even though I am interested enough to pursue obtaining the patterns, It is disappointing that the book is being promoted in such a blatent commercial manner.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 01.26 AMby Scary Merry

    It would be nice if there was a Plus-Size category, given that any of us above the sizes in the book are going to have to size up the patterns and do more altering work that any straight-sized person. Just a thought for the sake of fairness.

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      Jan 8, 2013, 01.21 PMby blueartisan

      That’s a good point, to take a standard pattern and make it fit and work for a plus sized person (male or female) takes some skill. Would be great to see an award for that, even if it’s judged by the community at large!

    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 8, 2013, 06.19 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      That is a good idea @blueartisan. We will write that idea down for future contest considerations.

      For this particular contest a pattern from the book must be used. These patterns come in a range of 8 sizes for women (32-46) and 9 sizes for men (44-60). If your measurements do not fall within this range and you still want to enter the contest you can either adjust the pattern to your measurements or create a garment using another person’s measurements.

      We have a tutorial on how to lengthen a pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/lengthen-a-pattern

      BurdaStyle member elegantmusings has a fantastic grading series on her blog: http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/tag/pattern-grading/.

      There are so great resources out there, these are 2 of many.



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