Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


Updated 1/9/2012 – Discover all of the rules for this contest here, and check out the amazing prizes here.

Spearheaded by Indygo Junction founder Amy Barickman and sponsored by SINGER® and Coats & Clark, this challenge was created to celebrate the history of sewing by recognizing both SINGER and Coats & Clark, who are both celebrating significant anniversaries this year (160th and 200th, respectively).

This challenge will educate and inspire through the life and work of Mary Brooks Picken, the authority on fashion and dressmaking in the early and mid-1900s. In the coming weeks, Amy Barickman will be posting a series of blog entries that will tell the story of Mary and her illustrious career working with both Coats & Clark and SINGER. Her wonderful story will give life to this super-fun challenge.

This challenge is an opportunity to encourage fashion enthusiasts to use their sewing skills and creativity to make a wearable fashion project. Use one of the following options as your starting point:

Option One: Make a stellar creation with an Indygo Junction pattern.

Option Two: Create something amazing from one of the 12 patterns featured in the award-winning Vintage Notions book.

Option Three: Craft a fantastic garment with one of Indygo Junction’s four free e-patterns.

For further information on these three options, and to watch a video where Amy explains more details, visit Indygo Junction’s Vintage-Inspired Modern Style Design Challenge page.

To enter, submit your design by posting your completed creation as a project on your BurdaStyle profile. You must include the phrase “VintageModern Design Challenge” in your project title. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 12th at 11:59 pm (EST). The winners will be announced Monday, March 26th [Update (3/28/2012) – Unfortunately, due to unexpected delays, all of the winners will be announced on Friday, March 30th. We apologize for this inconvenience].

Three winners will be selected based on originality, craftsmanship and a strong aesthetic. Approximately $3000 in prizes will be awarded!

Anxious to know exactly what the prizes are? We’ll be announcing them in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!

Let’s Celebrate and Sew!

Updated 1/9/2012: P.S. – Check out a fantastic video featuring Indygo Junction founder Amy Barickman discussing the competition:


  • Pic_large

    Mar 12, 2012, 03.22 PMby micsy

    Thank you mynameisdavid! you already answer my question!!!!

  • Pic_large

    Mar 11, 2012, 06.26 PMby micsy

    It’s my firts time uplouding a project and i made a mistake in the name, can i edit the publish and be part of this challenge? Or is it better to up load again?

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Mar 12, 2012, 03.11 PMby mynameisdavid

      Mi micsy,

      It is better to edit your existing project. To do so, go to the project page and select the “Edit” button on the top right side. The project upload form will appear, where you can then edit your project.

  • Adding_the_oxygen_1-2-2003_10-11-34_large

    Mar 7, 2012, 12.44 AMby wickedseamstresst

    I am noticing that some people are using VintageModern and Vintage Modern in the project title, does it make a difference if there is a space between the two words or not?

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Mar 12, 2012, 03.10 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi wickedseamtresst,

      No, it does not make a difference. Both titles will be considered.

  • Missing

    Feb 28, 2012, 02.50 PMby Inezzy

    Hi Amy, when uploading should I write the step-by-step instructions, too, or it is optional? Is there any advantage if you upload this as well or it doesn’t matter? English is my second language, so I might be clumsy by writing the sewing instructions correctly.

    1 Reply
    • Burdapic_large

      Feb 29, 2012, 07.21 PMby amybarickman

      Thanks for asking Inezzy! You don’t need to give instructions. Just tell us which pattern you started from!

  • Missing

    Feb 27, 2012, 04.16 AMby Mardhiah Moktar

    hello im just wanna ask this competition require me to sew the pattern or just sketching it on the piece of paper:)

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Feb 27, 2012, 11.25 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Mardhiah,

      For this competition, you must use one of the patterns listed in the blog post.

  • Avatar_1_large

    Feb 23, 2012, 12.53 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    If we can change the original pattern so much that it becomes a new pattern, why not just start from scratch. I hve to say that for me I wouldn’t make any of the patterns on offer… They would all have to be drastically changed – and why spend money on something you alter that radically anyway? Best of luck with it all.

  • Meprofilebarn_large

    Feb 20, 2012, 07.21 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I am confused about how to enter too. Do we just add a project here on Burdastyle and label it Vintage Modern Design Challenge or do we need to fill out some sort of form too.

    1 Reply
    • Letterbicon_large

      Feb 23, 2012, 02.11 PMby burdastyle

      Hi Justine,
      To enter, submit your design by posting your completed creation as a project on your BurdaStyle profile. You must include the phrase “VintageModern Design Challenge” in your project title. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 12th at 11:59 pm (EST). The winners will be announced Monday, March 26th.


  • Avatar_large

    Feb 20, 2012, 04.53 PMby bjmp

    How do I go about uploading my project for the Vintage Modern Design Challenge? I filled out the information and submitted it but it said that Name was already taken. Thanks for the challenge and I look forward to seeing the projects. I had fun with my project!!

    1 Reply
    • Letterbicon_large

      Feb 23, 2012, 02.16 PMby burdastyle

      Hello bjmp,

      If you go to your profile by clicking your name in the top right corner, and then scroll down on the page within your profile there is a box that says “Upload your work”. Within this box, click on the “Add a new project” button and proceed by filling out all the steps for uploading your project. Remember to include “VintageModern Design Challenge” in the tile of your project. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 12th at 11:59 pm (EST). The winners will be announced Monday, March 26th.

      Best of luck!


  • Bs1107_bus_0711_091__large_large

    Feb 12, 2012, 08.31 AMby Itsbeensewlong

    Fabulous Challenge and I am so looking forward to see what others create…… :) It is wonderful that it is also open to all…. A huge Thank-You must go to the Sponsors for this, and to Amy, and Mary for their creative vision! Lou xx

    1 Reply
  • Rita_for_burdastyle_photo_large

    Feb 10, 2012, 05.40 AMby rita61

    Are the entries being posted anywhere? It would be awesome to see!

    1 Reply
  • Louis_1_edit_large

    Feb 8, 2012, 11.55 PMby CelticButterfly

    I can’t find the free e-patterns… I clicked the link up there, but the page apparently doesn’t exist. Could someone help me frind them?

    1 Reply
  • 269938_374819854976_515529976_1392612_268518_n_large

    Feb 7, 2012, 02.20 AMby sharjay

    is this contest open for international members?

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Feb 8, 2012, 04.33 PMby mynameisdavid

      Yes, the contest is open for international members.

  • 65b1224bafc6a8eaaa7e3f5032fed43e263d44e3_large

    Feb 6, 2012, 11.07 PMby lonelyacrobat

    For just a moment I thought we might have to use C&C thread…

  • F7a98d9ebd640e9a65d71b9098997dc72baa9fb8_large

    Feb 6, 2012, 05.17 PMby susie-handbag

    Can a vintage entry be designed utilizing an Indygo Junction handbag pattern?

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Feb 8, 2012, 04.34 PMby mynameisdavid

      Yes. As stated in Option One, you can submit a creation using an Indygo Junction pattern.

  • Mini_doll_blue_large

    Jan 23, 2012, 06.27 PMby alwayscrafty2

    Been up all night with my 4 month old grand daughter, My daughter is in the hospital having emergency surgery and saw this. thinking this might be the thing to take my mind off my worrying. I have never sewn anything other than a doll and i am completely self taught so this will be really interesting and might not even be worth showing be i am so in on this challenge. besides my Zoe Bug needs her Nanna to make her clothes so time to step up and take a challenge…and a fun one at that! ( helps the prizes are awesome.) Sandi

    1 Reply
    • Burdapic_large

      Jan 25, 2012, 03.52 PMby amybarickman

      alwayscrafty2 – I certainly hope for a speedy recovery for your daughter. So glad that this challenge is a positive outlet for you!

  • 3864138084_1fb5db6c00_large

    Jan 19, 2012, 08.52 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    so in! but bummed that the pattern i want will cost 20 in postage on top of the 15 to get to australia from the US. kinda inconvenient :(

    1 Reply
    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday