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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 9, 2013, 02.07 PMby Meldbombs

    I love the 50’s. The styles were so fun. Circle Skirts, tie collared button back blouses. Everything was so elegant. I would feel awkward wearing those things today but I would love to learn how to adapt for modern day through this book.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.43 PMby thejam

    I love the 80’s.The clean straight line and color is what draws me to that time.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.40 PMby libra-s

    I like 50’s and 60’s…. glamour, femininity, style!!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.39 PMby Marusya Grace

    I love the 1930’s and Coco Chanel’s style and comfort!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.23 PMby pollyannabe

    That book looks very inspirational … I love the 1950’s era for the feminine styles – circle skirts, fitted bodices, petticoats and two pieces that maintain some dignity for those with less than perfect figures! For many years I have transformed 1950’’s full circle tableclothes into skirts by measuring and adding a waistband. I get lots of comments on my one of a kind skirts lol I’m currently drafting and sewing my first vintage style pattern – a hot red two piece for summer with boy leg shorts … I’m piecing the bust so am thinking it will look kind of 1950s style. I have a few vintage stretch fabrics and making swimwear uses hardly any and is good for someone coming back to sewing after a gap of many years. I’m taking my time and gradually with each seam success busting the idea that “I can’t sew”. Thanks to everyone who has posted their own creations – it’s food for someone like me who’s struggling with self doubt, but persevering anyways :) Happy sewing everyone!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.51 PMby Ravince

    definitely love the 50s, watched the movie Grease recently and the costumes are just great, love them. my mums old simplicity catalogs and patterns are super stylish and elegant.(50s= style,class and elegance) its all coming back!!! yay

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.39 PMby milicadwbh

    My favorite decades are the 50s and the 60s, but I love the 50s just a little bit more. I love how the feminine silhouette of the 50s can make any women look great.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.35 PMby schnui

    I love the 50’s. I was born in the 50’s and naturally have no memory of what women wore, but looking at my baby photos and seeing the clothes that my Mum and Aunties wore , makes me wish I was in that era. Their dresses were so beautiful and feminine and lots of fabric was used in the skirts. Trousers were becoming popular and more acceptable and little girls all wore beautifully smocked dresses, lovingly sewn and embroidered by their Mums’. My Mum made everything for herself and I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world when she went to a ball with Dad, dressed in a gown and fur wrap.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.25 PMby daisylynn

    The Fifties, so feminine and flirty.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.19 PMby renatap

    My favorite is the sixties, because of the simple lines and clean style.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.38 AMby jessdunstan

    I love the 50s and 60s!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.14 AMby SueMurphy

    I love the 60’s Fashions, this period really broke from tradition and started many styles that still continue on through to the present day.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.00 AMby Ularie

    I love 30s… So elegant!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 09.09 AMby Grace87

    My favourite decade is the 40s as the styles were so sophisiticated and I loke the social history behind them.


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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.46 AMby Victoria Callas

    The 60’s- love those geometric lines, sleek designs, lots of color and amazing haircuts to pair with these clothes.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.42 AMby paunnet

    I’m a sucker for 40s glamour, I love everything about that decade!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.41 AMby gemmafloyd

    It’s difficult to decide on one decade in particular… But I must say that the thirties and forties have a special place in my heart for their femininity, wonderful dresses, hairstyles, hats and shoes!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.35 AMby woman

    I used to HATE the 80s, but now I love it more and more because they were never shy about colors! It’s like BAM! in your face yellow, BAM! blue here, BAM! yeah more pink why not. All very fun and bold!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.15 AMby carottesauvage

    I love the 20s and the 30s…..flapper’s style

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.51 AMby vyhlidka

    The 60s, decade of fashion revolutions. Mini-skirt, bikini came into fashion.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.19 AMby inspirehope

    I really love the whole 2oth century style wise. From 1900-1999 because it embodies that century. If you want to know 20th century history just look at the fashion. For example World War I and World War II. Had simpler designs than the decades before and after them.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 07.12 AMby galatina

    I love different things about different decades but if I’d have to chose I’d go for a combination of 20s style with late 40s/50s glamour.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.21 AMby gossamerian

    I’m torn between the ’20s and the ’40s – very different silhouettes, but both dramatic and distinctive.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 06.15 AMby mellielynn

    I would say the 60’s. That is the most comfortable to me.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.52 AMby escorpio

    I really like the 20s from an artsy perspektive, all those delicate fabrics and lace. Unfortunately, that style doesn’t work very well with my more curvy body.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.35 AMby bekabug8

    love the 1930s. so elegant and feminine.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.35 AMby laneycath

    The 1930’s were chic – sensible – fashionable and WOW

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    Jan 9, 2013, 03.32 AMby Anna Cristina

    60s for sure! The colors and prints were awesome and styles got more creative!

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