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[UPDATE 12/17/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member Amanda Gonzales

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 www.sewretrothebook.com!

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, 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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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.21 AMby mixtlii

    The 50s, always the 50s! I think it’s the most glamourous era, and it fits my figure…

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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.04 AMby galatina

    Love the look of 20s style – but it doesn’t suit my figure so 40s & 50s. So glamourous!

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    Dec 12, 2012, 06.29 AMby Sew Hopeful

    Wouldn’t mind getting my hands on this one. I get most inspired by 40s. Just love it.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.54 AMby watatoe

    What decade inspires me the most? I would say the 1940’s. More specifically, women’s clothes of the 1940’s. To me, it was filled with some of the most glamorous (and often avant-garde) fashions of the 20th century. Women were really coming in to their own with slacks becoming stylish and acceptable. A woman could look sophisticated during the day (as more women took to the work force) and drop-dead sexy in the evenings with flowing gowns.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.35 AMby Robin Johnson

    The1860’s were civil war livin historians.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.33 AMby chrintina

    I love vintage clothing, especially clothes from the ’20s.

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.24 AMby emmaneezer

    Lately it’s the60’s, and I think it’s Mad Men’s fault…

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    Dec 12, 2012, 05.23 AMby StephanieLinden

    I love the looks of 20s clothes, but yet to sew any.

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