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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, 03.21 AMby razieh khalili

    Hello., I would love to participate in this contest., But do not know exactly what to do because I’m not fluent in English. PLEASE guide me. Thank you.

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      Jan 9, 2013, 08.33 AMby woman

      Hello Razieh, you just need to write a comment here to state which fashion era you like, and why. Example the 1940’s fashion, or the 1970’s fashion.. Hope that helps you!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 03.17 AMby conejitoasesino

    20’s street style and classic 80’s goth. The too together are so chic and surprisingly modern. Excpet it’s a bitch putting a cloche hat on spiked hair!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 02.38 AMby nyphertiti

    I love the 70’s but I’m very drawn to the 20’s as well. I love the freedom of both era’s. The 70’s had a great hippie vibe and the 20’s had such forgiving but beautiful silhouettes~

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    Jan 9, 2013, 02.11 AMby arianescrafts

    I love the 60’s styles. I would just love to win this book!!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.59 AMby paintedlady89

    I really have to say the 80" was my fashion favorite. The fashion world was your oyster. The colors vibrant, the textures marvelous and the styles so dramatic! It was so fun to create during this time mixing cloth with yarn and lace. It really was the entrance to modern day fashion, going places where they hadn’t thought of in the past!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.46 AMby bjorkroly

    definitly the 50’s and 60’s coz people back then took the time and effort to dress up just by going to an airport nowadays it rarely happens anymore

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.45 AMby Shafini

    Mine is the 60s! for the clean straight but oh so lovely lines and styles!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.08 AMby insuregirl

    I love most styles from the 50s and 60s but I really love the easy going 70s boho!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.04 AMby loyl8

    I love them all each brought something fabulous and timeless, sorry its like with me and colors too hard to pick just one. I did pick the 20’s for a burda challenge in the past because everything was so beautiful handmade and opulent.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.52 AMby Irina Schwab

    We seem to keep coming back to these decades, again and again. 60s are definitely my favourites and the most productive in terms of designs/designers. I would love to discover this book and try new lines. Having an hourglass shape, I noticed that all the retro looks really fit me. I am over the moon!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.48 AMby suz123

    I love the 50s, and early 60s. Not the bell bottom jeans (i had those when I was a kid) but Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly—that was style.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 12.09 AMby librik

    Oooh, I love sewing vintage! Hope I win!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 11.53 PMby thememaw

    Love the 50’s

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    Jan 8, 2013, 11.31 PMby DeBovine

    My fave decade is the ’60’s! How fab was that time for fashion? From demure to skinny minis it was a decade of having fun with fashion! Even men came into their own! Thanks for the give away!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.50 PMby Barbara Ülen

    Every decade has a piece I absolutely adore so I couldn’t possibly decide for just one. Fashion “before our time” has the ability to make us much more emotional – because we saw a movie with that gorgeous shimmering 20ies dress on our first date or our grandmother wore a blouse from 60ies or we had an attic with old shoes and could never forget the smell of leather and because of that we fell in love with second-hand shops. Maybe we’ve read The Great Gatsby or Breakfast at Tiffany’s too many times and have developed a rather sentimental feeling towards the fashion in it. It’s a combiantion, really, isn’t it? It has to be the whole package – good story + good life + nice dresses :) An ecclectic style of a mixture them all together would suit me the best, I believe – though I wouldn’t really have the guts to show myself on the street dressed in my-sort-of-vintage-looks ;)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.29 PMby euma

    It’s difficult to say, I love some ideas from a lot of decades… the unstructured look of the 20’s, the curves of 40-50’s, the youthful look of 60’s… how could I choose only one?

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.22 PMby nomoreviolence

    The 50s, because my Grandma Billie looked so superb in her dresses….. and, besides, I’m curvy, so curvy looks look good on me, too!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.07 PMby bethw82

    The 20s, love the amazing details and the youthful spirit.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.05 PMby peaudane

    The 70s, because of the carefree spirit!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.01 PMby stitchwithit

    I like the silhouettes of the 40s, and the prints and colors of the 60s and 70s.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.56 PMby Morgan Cramer

    I think that my favorite decade is the 40s because the clothes were simple yet elegant. I also think that it is so interesting to learn about how the events of the time affected fashion.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.52 PMby capmorse1

    I so want to win!!!!!!!!!!:):):):)

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.50 PMby raving

    It’s a close contest between the 20’s and the 60’s but I’d say 60’s in the end because I just love the silhouettes from that decade, and how fashion became something for the masses. There’s something very playful about it. Also, trousers are great.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.40 PMby Maria Giannopoulou

    love the 50s/60s and the come back of coco chanel and classic suit!!!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.16 PMby becci

    I can’t decide betwwen the 30s (so elegant) and the 50s (fun and glamorous).

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.12 PMby ainoelina

    Hard to pick one, but I have to say early 60’s (and late 50’s). Just because that’s the style that suits me best and I’m most comfortable in.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 09.11 PMby deta526

    I think the iconic fashion from the 20’s to the 80’s where truly inspiring, creative and new thought provoking looks. Aspiring designers today could utilize these inspirations to create a new, yet to be thought of look to be talked about for generations to come.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.56 PMby alissaslagle

    I love the 1950s dresses!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.52 PMby elisabetsy

    Love the 40’s for its hourglass silhouettes.

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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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