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We were so inspired by all the wonderful entries from our recent sewing competition that we’ve decided to give away three more copies of our new book. The BurdaStyle team has taken one of the variation projects from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, the 1960s Jackie Dress, and styled it three ways. (This dress is based on the 1920s Louisa Drop-Waist Dress master pattern, as shown here in an abstract silk charmeuse.)

We’re curious to see how others in the BurdaStyle community would style and wear this silhouette. For a chance to win this fun and creative book (plus a few other surprise goodies), please answer the following question in the comments section below: How would you style the 1960s Jackie Dress? Tell us why you like this pattern, what fabric you’d make it in, and where you’d wear it to.

How would you style the 1960s Jackie Dress?

I would like to give this mod dress style a futuristic twist by styling it with modern accessories. I couldn’t imagine wearing this dress without a pair of sunglasses, so I would totally rock a pair of cat-eye style sunglasses. A bright pair of Jeffery Campbell Lita’s would make my legs look long and accentuate the silhouette of the dress. I wouldn’t style this dress with a necklace because the wide roll collar is a statement in itself. A wide silver cuff finishes off my look – I love the details on this 3D Triangle Bracelet.

Why do you like this pattern, and what fabric would you make it in?

I like the simplicity of this sewing pattern, and how it only has two bust darts. The simple design allows me to easily sew it up in an awesome print! The wide roll collar is another great feature, and it really frames the face. I have already made this dress in a cool Graffiti Print, so I would totally make it again in a galaxy printed silk cotton.

Where would you wear this dress style?

I would wear this dress both day and night! The simple and conservative style makes it an appropriate style for work and shopping. But since I would sew it in a cool print, it is definitely fun enough to wear out- especially to dinner because it is loose-fitting.

How would you style the 1960s Jackie Dress?

I would make my Jackie Dress without the belt and with a shorter hemline and style it with a cute pair of stud earrings (not to take away from the neckline), and one or two chunky bracelets. For shoes, I would wear a pair of cute and simple wedges.

Why do you like this pattern, and what fabric would you make it in?

I love this pattern because of its simple lines and versatility. This past winter, I made a wool Jackie Dress with sleeves, and this spring I’m excited to make the original sleeveless variation in a cotton silk.

Where would you wear this dress style?

I would wear this dress just about anywhere dress appropriate: lunch with the girls, a bridal shower, the horse races, an engagement party, a gallery opening, etc. I know I’ll wear my spring Jackie variation to my friend’s 30th birthday party next month!

How would you style the 1960s Jackie Dress?

I’d shorten the hem and still include the belt, but I’d make the bow slightly asymmetric off to one side as opposed to positioning it front and center. I see myself wearing this in the springtime with a pair of modern clogs like these Loeffler Randalls with wrap-around ankle straps. I can’t just go all black and white, so I’d need to add a pop of color with a statement bag in a contrasting texture, such as this multicolored striped one with a nice, long strap. Lastly, I’d need a pair of fun sunglasses that are slightly offbeat with a little interest, such as these Fendi shades with contrasting pink detail at the top of the frame set against the tortoise.

Why do you like this pattern, and what fabric would you make it in?

I designed the Jackie Dress project variation for BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern with a modern Jackie O. silhouette in mind. I had always imagined it being sewn in a striking brocade versus a traditional wool, similar to the fabric I picked out for the Jackie Dress featured in the book which is pretty futuristic and loud. If I had to envision another Jackie Dress, I’d make it in a printed silk zibeline to give it an architectural form, like this abstract black and white tulip motif. I like the texture of its twill weave and also that it is more matte, less shiny. This fabric does not wrinkle as easily and has a nice structure.

Where would you wear this dress style?

I always wear dresses, so there’s no stopping me from wearing it anywhere, really. I would wear it to a dinner party, a museum outing, while on vacation, or even in colder months with opaque tights underneath.

Here are some examples of Jackie dress variations that we have previously designed!

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. Answer the following question in the comments section below: How would you style the 1960s Jackie Dress? Tell us why you like this pattern, what fabric you’d make it in, and where you’d wear it to. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). Three lucky winners will be chosen.

Good Luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Mar 14, 2013, 05.44 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    How I would style the Jackie dress: I would sew it in a grey suiting fabric I have had in my stash for ages. It has been waiting for the perfect pattern and here it is!! I would wear the dress for the first time at my daughters confirmation. I would style it with stilettos and pearls and a little jacket. After that it would be a perfect basic item in my wardrobe. I love the pattern for several reasons. It’s very versatile both in terms of being able to change the pattern lines but also when choosing fabric/styling. I would really love to win this book, so fingers crossed!!! :-)

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    Mar 14, 2013, 05.02 PMby Priscilla Folley

    What I like about the pattern is its timeless style. My baby hasn’t been born yet, but I can’t stop making plans for when he does. That being so, I’m already picking my dress for his baptism, which will take place in the summer. Here’s what I’m thinking: bright yellow fabric, nude pumps and green Ann Taylor earrings and bracelet (http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Accessories/AT-View-All/Pave-Bubble-Earrings/305938?colorExplode=false&skuId=13328245&catid=cata000021&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=9484) for another pop of color. I would usually style the look with a clutch, too, but I guess by then I’ll be including all of my belongings in the diaper bag… And having the hubby carry it. I want to be a mom with style.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 02.39 PMby heidilea

    I’d probably go with a classic, but loud look. Since there are so few seams, I think it lends itself well to larger prints and weaves or embellishment. For a summer look, I’d do either a Marimekko print with some sandal high-heeled Sven clogs or crisp linen with a large-scale applique at the hem and neckline in contrasting colors (blue dress with white trim or emerald green with magenta and orange). Throw in a basket purse and a big sunhat and some chunky bangles, we’re ready for the beach.

    For winter, I’d do a wool crepe in brown, with bell-shaped 3/4 sleeves. I’d finish the collar off like the Scarf Top (#122 8/2012). For a variation, I’d do the same dress in navy crepe with the cuffs, collar and hem finished off in cream. I wear my hair in an up-do like Audrey or Bridget Bardot and wear sweater tights with booties or platform pumps, finished off with a large vintage brooch. Ready for the office or an informal weeknight out!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 01.07 PMby Ivanamania

    Yeah! No budget restrictions! So we go: I would use turquoise silk crepe from Harts fabric for the whole dress, would not make any pattern alterations. I would wear it with Nila White Studded Blazer, Jimmy Choo golden pumps and golden clutch. Since shoes and bag are already effective, I would just wear Ippolita Turquoise Lollipop Ring as a jewelry. My make up would be light on eyes, but I would wear pink Chanel Lipstick and nail polish in the same color. My hair would be gathered in loose french bun. To get better idea of this style, I have put all the items together on the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/40jtw9t3ecqz9hc/Jackie%20Dress%20Styling.jpg I like this dress because of its simplicity and versatility. I would wear it anywhere, depending on other things I’d wear with it, and this particular style I’ve imagined, I would wear in the evening on any occasion – party, theater, dinner, bar, date…

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      Mar 14, 2013, 02.41 PMby heidilea

      Oh, so pretty!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 01.04 PMby peaudane

    This is a very simple design, and it is easily sewn up, which is a real plus, but the collar makes it distinctive. I would sew it up in a wintery fabric, a tweed or wool flannel so it’s chic but still versatile enough to be dressed up or down, and I would wear it with booties so as not to be too 60’s literal. I wear dresses a lot in winter, because I like clothes that I can easily slip on over my yoga leggings, so I could see myself wearing it pretty much anywhere, anytime!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 11.52 AMby fashionfreek

    I would make it in a yellow version. My hair styled up in a beehive style teamed with big yellow flowee I’m my hair. Small black belt or without and with my black boots and big sunglasses:-D

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    Mar 14, 2013, 11.34 AMby Hope Pios

    This is such a classic design, so easy to accessorize and change up ad lib. I’d love to use a retro inspired fabric from the 60’s …flowered of course. This fabric is a combination of spring colors, like for instance, dark baby blue and a hint of orange and green, I would wear a cool pair of straw colored platform sandals, like “Weavit” by Stuart Weitzman, a pair of gold hoop earrings, and a linen colored handbag with some cool hand embroidered flower design. LOVe It,……..Of course, I already have all the accessories and ……..most importantly, the fabric! I think I’ll make it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 10.03 AMby amandaloschiavo

    I would make it in a daring red colour, in a structured cotton canvas so it has a stiffness to it and is very form fitting. I’d team it up with black heels, and a thin black patent leather belt and ofcourse red lipstick. I would wear this outfit to a cocktail party, or to a melbourne racing carnival topped off with a little black veil fastinator. I like the pattern because it does have that classic look, and you could make it any many variations for different occasionals (black for professional look, polka dot for a fun vintage feel, and pop colours for going out and having a good time while standing out.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 08.25 AMby CoutureLillian

    I would use an African print. Make a big bow or big sash, pair with an Oversized bag, strap sandals, sunglasses and wear all summer. I would pair with leggings and cowboy boots in the fall.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 02.19 AMby marcischneider

    This is a superb pattern because it is flattering on everyone. It is instantly elegant and offers lots of room to move and breathe. I would make this as a sleeveless tunic with matching flare pants in a nice plaid, worn with oversize sunglasses and clogs or wedges. I love the Céline Fall 2013 collection, so perhaps I might even mismatch the plaid in the top and bottom. This would be great for brunch and a little weekend shopping.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 01.55 AMby ladreed

    I live in New Orleans so the weather tends to be quite hot. This design is comfortable….but still shows off my figure. I would make this dress sleeveless in a light color washable linen. I would probably remove the collar in favor of a rounded neckline so that I could add a colorful scarf or necklace. I would put on my flats…..grab my sunglasses…..and head out to meet my friends for drinks in the French Quarter!!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 01.46 AMby Bundas

    I love this dress.Simple and elegant for any occasion. Can be wear day and night. I can see it in the orange, gold and brown burn out silk with a brown suede and leather combination high heel shoes. A nice long gold earrings and a brown/orange bag with a chain straps.

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    Mar 13, 2013, 11.09 PMby monadnock

    I love these simple timeless designs, because they are easy and effortless to wear, and a delight to accessorize. I would sew this classic in a cream wool-blend doubleknit; shorten it, and wear it beltless, but add a gold pearl brooch. Then add a matching three-quarter sleeved collarless swing coat, lined in a rich camel silk, fastened with a single row of four bold buttons. Add an equestrian-print Gucci scarf, a five-strand pearl cuff and Mabe pearl earrings, camel leather gloves, purse, sling-back pumps, and, of course, the tortoiseshell sunglasses … now, all I need is you-know-who! And I’d wear it in the spring anywhere I liked.

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    Mar 13, 2013, 11.01 PMby TerezaSews

    I love sleeveless and fun and this simple pattern would pair well with a dramatic print. I would make this simple dress in a beautiful aqua or teal based print with a soft drape natural fiber like Rayon, Cotton or Silk. The belt would be in the same print fabric for shaping rather than contrast. Pair it with white peep toe wedge espadrilles and large movie star sunglasses. I like large bags so I’d add a large tropical woven tote and rock this dress while shopping in Copacabana or to dinner at a beach-side restaurant.

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    Mar 13, 2013, 08.39 PMby lmpneely

    Remember the classic ‘Mad Men’ (TV series) question – “Is she a Jackie or a Marilyn?” I’m definitely a Jackie! And that’s why I just love this pattern. I’d transform it from classic to modern by sewing it in a large scale abstract print fabric in black & white (silk cotton fabric would be a great choice). I’d replace the fabric belt with a shiny patent belt in red or lime green. I’d wear it with a jean jacket, flats and textured hose by day, and a sequined shrug or wrap, heels, and long earrings by night. Hope I win the book – ’cause now I have my spring sewing project all plannet out! Thanks!

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    Mar 13, 2013, 08.29 PMby katensew

    I’d make a front and back panel in one colour and the side panels in black or navy to give a slimming affect and 3/4 length sleeves in the darker colour – using a double jersey fabric, for warmth ( as a winter dress ) and wear a large elasticated belt with it to accentuate the waistline.

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