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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.

To read more about the BurdaStyle Sewing handbook and find out where to buy a copy, go here

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 6, 2012, 06.04 PMby calafia110

    I love the 1950s decade. Women of that time knew how to be sexy without letting it all hang out. I love the polka dots, bold prints and bright accessories of that era, especially the bright red lipstick! Women were all about the wide skirts and crinoline! Really love the crinoline!

    I think this became the first decade where a women’s sex appeal was being embraced by society so that the pencil skirt and tighter fit cardigan were ok. During this time things were still left to imagination, however, a woman’s curves were embraced in her apparel!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.56 PMby Podbod18

    50s For me, so elegant!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.53 PMby sunintheclouds

    Mostly the 80’s, I know, I know…but I grew up in the 80’s so it is near and dear to my heart. But for jeans I am most partial to the past 5 years. Lower cut, skinny fit and longer lengths….I can actually wear jeans and look good in them. In the past I’ve always looked like I was drowning in a sea of denim and the tide was high…(high waters get it?)

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.49 PMby badyan

    Definitely sixties! Immortal shapes and designs, as simple as can be. But I admit that every decade has its exciting items and trends. Except eighties, of course ;-)

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.48 PMby Sewing And Style

    Ha to be the 60’s- the sleek-iest times of all. Juliette Esper

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      Apr 6, 2012, 05.50 PMby Sewing And Style

      P.S. I agree with someone down there- strange to be asking for a full name, at least can you give us an explanation why? It does breach privacy code a bit

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.43 PMby njmcvicar

    Although I love all the fashions of most of the decades of the early 20th century, I have to pick the 1950s as my favorite. Why? Two reasons: Gentlemen Prefer Blonds & How to Marry a Millionaire. Just try to watch either of those films without oohing & aahing over the clothes! – Nancy J. McVicar

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.43 PMby talldrinkofwater

    I love the 1940’s the most. The straight lines, skirt length and unfussiness of the designs always draw me in.- Allison Roush

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.26 PMby Catherine Ko

    Catherine Ko: Got to say I love the 90s. I love the look of grungy dirty streetwear and flannel. I love bootcut jeans, dark colors, leather jackets, and aviators. <3 It was the time of skaters, surfers, punks, goths, geeks, and everything in-between. The decade of great artists like Weezer, Nirvana, and Fiona Apple. Not to mention when I was born. :P

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.25 PMby kat76

    I love the 50s, especially Christian Dior and The new look….but I also admire Madeleine Vionnet and her invention of the bias cut in the 30s…or Yves Saint-Laurent and his Sahariennes in the 70s…and also Valentino for his perfect dresses in the 90s…It’s too hard to choose!!! – Katell Guiziou

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.17 PMby mirig

    The tailoring of the 1940s is unbeatable!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.17 PMby sigridjakob

    Favorite fashion decade: has to be the sixties. The sense of liberation from constraints and of experimentation, of bold color blocking, the softer hippie influence, more exotic and extravagant patterns, borrowing from other cultures, higher hemlines, a different sense of women’s bodies and a new conception of the role of clothes in women’s lives.

    -S I Jakob

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.14 PMby bethangil

    I’m having a little 40’s moment too, scooping up some vintage patterns. I hope I have a chance to get to them all!— Beth Prince

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.11 PMby Testosterone

    The 40s for sure. Film noir captured so much of the concealing and sculpted suits as decoy, armor, power, and independence. Tailored slacks and a blouse made the “women in pants statement” more normative.

    The shoulders were a pedestal for necks and faces. Hats still had a place, and were worked to punctuate or obscure the wearer.

    So much of what was being worn exuded style by silhouette and fabric choice, versus excessive adornment.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.10 PMby SumzSewz

    My favorite decade is the 40’s. Always a glamorous look going on! Summer Parker

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.06 PMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    My favorite decade was the 1960’s because the style was so tailored and sophisticated. I take from the 1960’s that part of looking good and feeling wonderful is having a garment that fits properly!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.06 PMby MumJ

    I like the clothes that are fashionable right now. I want to sew some dresses and separates.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.06 PMby Wendy Landkammer

    I love the style of the 1940’s. All that tailoring going on in men’s fashions and the bias cut of the long dresses. But the wonderful and highly beaded sheath dress (aka the flapper dress) of the 1920’s also has great appeal for me because the design of the dress is complimentary to every body size. The Victorian era way of dressing which actually lasted more than one decade is wonderful too, the accessories such as the top hat and pocket watches and opera length gloves make it an era that is fun and challenging to pull from for design ideas. It’s pretty hard to point to just one and say that has it all for me. I also love the plainness of the depression era 1930’s. There’s kind of a desperate resolution that became quaint grayed fashion that reminds me of simple unassuming flowers.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.06 PMby Jane Drury

    I love 1950’s, because the clothes had shape, movement and were feminine. It seemed women wanted to highlight their figures then, rather than creating optical illusion to look as thin as possible. It also looked fun and playful. – Jane Drury

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    Apr 6, 2012, 05.00 PMby aldara

    I love the late 50s and early 60s, especially the feminine full circle skirt dresses!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.58 PMby candicej

    I love the 1940s. The lovely tailored jackets and skirts, pretty fitted dresses. People managed to be glamorous and polished in a changing world – Candice Joubert

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.56 PMby ravenztarot

    Dee hayes: I have a toss up between 2 looks the 50’s house dress, big comfy pockets with wide skirts, or the 60’s hippie love with the tunics and bright happy prints.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.44 PMby Brandy totten

    Brandy Totten: my favorite decade (for the time being) is the 40s. So classic elegant and figure flattering

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.41 PMby Colby Vlietstra

    I really like the 60’s because of all the fun colors! Color blocking is so popular right now and I bet its just ideas being pulled from the amazing creations from the 60’s.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.41 PMby flashabou

    Much more into bellbottoms! Comfy, concealing boho chic! Love em!

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.40 PMby Petitemess

    I don’t have any favourite era, I can take something from each one of them to get inspired.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.40 PMby peaudane

    I love the 70s. The effortless chic styles, Rykiel, YSL, Halston, DVF…

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.40 PMby HannahClark

    It’s so hard to choose! I guess I’d have to say the 1950s… There are so many feminine influences without the need to prove anything. You could say that it communicates that femininity is active, exciting, adventurous- all while maintaining a self-composed assurance that keeps it from exaggeration. Reminds me of a really good book. Hannah G. Clark

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.39 PMby aega

    I’ve always been drawn to 1930s style.

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    Apr 6, 2012, 04.34 PMby Joy Buhler

    My favorite decade? The 1960’s I think.

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