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UPDATE! Congratulations to “sigridjakob” and “lrm” who won each their copy of “The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook”!! We will be back soon with another fun giveaway. Thank you all for your participation!

Are you a fan of the 1970s bell bottom pants, the elegance and decadence of the 1920s or are you more of a Audrey Hepburn kind of gal? Tell us what your favorite decade of style is and why for a chance to win a copy of our very own sewing handbook, “The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook”!

Comment on the blog for your chance to win a copy of “The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

“The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook” is a comprehensive guide to DIY sewing, from novice to beginner, and is sure to be a wonderful addition to your sewing library.

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To win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question, in the comments below: What is your favorite decade of style and why?

*NOTE: In the comment, also please state your full name!

We are loving all the comments on your favorite decade of style so we have decided to throw another copy of the book in and extend the deadline with another day!

The deadline for submissions now is Saturday, April 7th at 10 p.m. (EST).

Good Luck!



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    Apr 7, 2012, 12.05 PMby Yvette O'Rourke

    I am so new to dress making but I am loving patterns and styles from the 50’s and 60. But I love any garment that flatters my awful pear shape lol!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.50 AMby lrm

    I’d have to say my favorite decade of style would be the 1920’s… The fashion represented the changing roles of women with the introduction of less formal, traditional styles with a stylized, yet progressive and expressive aesthetic. A straighter, almost boxy silhouette complemented current art, style, and design trends, and with one of my favorite art movements being Surrealism, I just love the era and all design associated with it. (and I have to add that the hats and hair accessories were fantastic!) Thanks for the opportunity- this book has been on my wishlist for a long time! Cheers, Lauren Moss

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.43 AMby simone272

    I’m in love with the 50ies. The big skirts! Oh I love them.

    Simone Nørskov Østerby

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.35 AMby Dibii

    The 60s are my favourite decade of style because of the feminine silueth and dresses with full skirts. I adore that times and that’s why I love “Mad men”:) Maija

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.31 AMby blueartisan

    It’s really a tough one, but I love the wartime era (30’s-40’s), this is because fashion took it’s greatest beating due to the shortage of money and materials. It had to be so practical, durable and economical but women succeeded in still being so feminine with so little to work with. Men also were stylish and handsome and made sacrifices to traditional cut to preserve fabric. I think it showed design pushed to limits, so constrained yet so very iconic and beautiful and not at all lazily resembling a lack of materials that perhaps we should adopt today for sustainability reasons. Ann-Marie Abrahams

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.22 AMby SENEBO

    the 1900-1920 where womens clothing became more daring, clothing became a little shorter and women were becoming fashion aware and wearing clothes that their bodies wanted. anita chaplin

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    Apr 7, 2012, 11.00 AMby lienepien

    I like the 50-60’s especially the dresses! That’s also why I liked the film Grease with al the great dresses and dances. Also 19th century dresses, like princess Sisi wore. Eline den Hollander

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    Apr 7, 2012, 10.42 AMby lisa1979

    1990s who could go past the fluro yellow Lycra teamed with baggy pants and floppy hats. Lisa McInerney

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    Apr 7, 2012, 10.19 AMby jen2blu4u

    love the 50’s! the height of fashion, elegance, glamour & flirty fun!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 10.16 AMby Flore Ama

    Anything from the mid-1940’s to early 1960’s (Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn style of dressing). Women are an eternal mystery to Men and themselves and need to remain so for all time. In those decades women dressed as women, clothes skimmed or fitted properly and were elegant and tasteful…nudity was not necessary in order to catch the attentions of the opposite sex….today there is that God Awful style which people express as androgenous….We were created differently and should always aim to remain so – instead of seeking to morph ourselves into another sex/gender all together!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 10.14 AMby mrschamp-1

    My favourite era would be the 50’s to the early 60’s. I have a rather hourglass figure so accentuating the waist like these styles do works best for my figure.

    Rachel Champion

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.56 AMby sofie-m

    I love the ’70’s; forgotten era really. I was a teenager then and I remember seeing the most enormous flares on a pair of jeans (at least 40cm) with full peasant flower embroidery and WANTING them. Alas I was young teen years so no chance. I think that many different styles came out of the 70’s. It matched the music – think disco, folk, punk etc. I loved the hippy looks, the flashy disco looks and I loved the punk movement too. Go the 70’s. I love to sew 70’s fashions now too. I loved the 60’s also – but the 70’s I lived! Sofie Mitropoulos sofiemitropoulos@hotmail.com

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.45 AMby Ashley Colette

    Even though I’m really into the retro 50s and 60s styles that are in now, I am so in love with the elegant, classic, and sexy 20s thru 40s style. I love the waves the ladies wore in their hair, the beautiful dresses, and the flapper shingle dresses. Eveything about the era from the cars to the red wine shades of lipstick. The 20s were very sexy. Even though I don’t smoke, the women of that era even made cigarettes enticing with the long attachments that were used to make smoking an elegant and fashionable thing. I even dreamed about a wedding for that era that would blow someone’s mind; with giant white feathers and cute fishnet head dresses. I love to sew and I know with this book I can create a fantastic form fitting dresses from any era. But if I could choose which era to go back to it would be the 20s, woman were empowered. We became strong working women with beautiful posters with great pictures in polka dot due rags and button ups, as well as beautiful pin-ups who were desirable and sexy. I love the 20s ^_~

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.38 AMby ren1576

    The 50’s is my favourite decade of fashion for many reasons, notably it signifies the début of woman’s independence, finally women are in the workplace and breaking through into strong roles in business. It’s not just the ladies though that look HOT… The men of the period look sharp, just revisit the first series of Mad Men… This era celebrates the female form as never before… Strong independent women! Wow how sexy….. Karen Platten.

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.24 AMby hliiis

    I like 60s. It has it’s own look taht can not be mixed up with others. The clean and simple and slick lines bring the best out of everyone. Love the simple geometric dresses that were popular.

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.15 AMby scuffsan

    I love th 50’s style, especially the full skirts because they are just lovely (and very flattering for my figure). Amy Mason

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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.14 AMby ttnora

    My favourite decade is 1940-50’s style. Just think about Evita Peron! :-)

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.58 AMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

    Nothing to me says “glamour” and “elegance” like the 1920s! The turn of the century (1890-1930) is my favorite era in so many ways…the litterature (the lost generation etc), the art, the architecture, the music, and of course, the fashion! I love the fabrics of that époque (before the war): the velvets, the laces, the sequins. I’m a word, opulence! The cloche hats, the flapper dress, “Orientalsim”, the beginning of Couture, opium dens (i know, drugs are bad!) and silent films. There were so many things that changed on the social level (the beginnings of feminism—>flappers, industrialization, etc) and all those changes influenced fashion, and to me this is the richness of this lost era. I often fantasize about having lived in Paris I the 20s…now you know why!

    Ai Shimizu

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.54 AMby rita61

    I like the fifties decade. I like to dress sharp, and feel feminine. I liked that the waist was emphasized, encouraging us all to keep our figures in shape!! And the soft feminine colours! Rita Thomsen

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.52 AMby kelerabeus

    I love the casual hippie boho look of the seventies, although I sew and wear more of the fifties style. With a little twist of the modern time :) Vesna Popović

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.41 AMby fuzzyg

    I love the 60s because that’s when I started to sew. But I also love the 40s because, well, I have a 40s body so they suit me best :-).

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.36 AMby stars

    I love 1940’s style, it’s very elegant but also so practical. I love how people were so inventive, still creating beautiful, quality clothes in spite of the war and rationing. Helen Walsh

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.33 AMby Amelia Midgley

    I love the 50’s and 60’s for the way they flatter the female body. No sacks for me!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.30 AMby giunta

    absolutely between edwardian and the twenties!!!!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.24 AMby galatina

    I change my mind all the time, but it’s 50s with a twist at the moment. Love the swing dresses and elegance of 50s celebrities. Lorraine Coghill

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.06 AMby mixtlii

    Hi! I’m in love with the 50s, I think it’s the most feminine era and what fits my figure best! Iseult Denat.

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    Apr 7, 2012, 07.34 AMby farintastisch

    Well, I like the 50s and 60s, but after I thought about it for a minute, I’d have to say the 80s! I love bold colours and punk rock influences.

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    Apr 7, 2012, 07.17 AMby baka-pepica

    I love 50´s and 60´s. elagance and full skirts, and pencil skirts …

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    Apr 7, 2012, 06.54 AMby Mimi Routh

    I am glad to see 60’s styles coming back. I wore them when I was young and first on my own. I was stationed in Germany and used Burda patterns. Two dresses were rayon linen lined with silky fabric. One was navy with red and gold print. The other was minty green with pink and purple flowers. The day JFK was shot I was wearing a white silk blouse and bright green and white wool herringbone jumper. I loved being able to pull up a zipper and know I looked nice. The shift dress was easy to wear. My skirts were mid-knee then. That was before pantyhose. In Madrid I bought two wonderful ready-to-wear dresses. One was a black velveteen jumper that looked wonderful with a white crepe ascot blouse and sparkly stockings. The other was a lined black cotton lace shift with unlined elbow length sleeves. It was was cool and elegant on the hottest days. Then I got to San Francisco and enjoyed a bright “St. Tropez” gypsy skirt traced from Burda magazine. Still have that one!

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    Apr 7, 2012, 06.41 AMby libra-s

    I love 50’s! Full skirt, cropped jacket, 3/4 sleeves,… Love everything about that era!Sorour Fattahi

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