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BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s
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- Author: Nora Abousteit with Jamie Lau
- Hardcover; spiral bound
- Book contains 216 pages
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Dior’s New Look silhouette. Jackie Kennedy’s sheath dress. Madonna’s bustier. Fashion trends come and go, but certain iconic styles never fade. Make them for yourself with BurdaStyle’s new guide to sewing fashion through the decades. Five adaptable master patterns for tops, dresses, and pants are transformed into nineteen unique projects for both women and men that draw inspiration from key fashion moments. These influential looks—from the Roaring Twenties to the Awesome Eighties—are all modernized and reinterpreted for today’s sewing enthusiasts.
BurdaStyle, the world’s largest online community of people who sew, is synonymous with stylish sewing and high-quality patterns. In this follow-up to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, they provide step-by-step instructions and techniques for customizing the enclosed master patterns into new design variations, all perfectly fitted for you. You’ll also get a taste of fashion history—the essential designers, signature trends, and style icons from each era—to help you channel your inner Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, or Yves Saint Laurent.
BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern combines the best of fashion from the past with an updated approach to sewing. Whether you prefer a slim-fit pant, the perfect men’s button-down, or a versatile shift dress, this book offers a classic collection that will last you a lifetime.
"As I flipped through the pages, I found item after item just begging to be added to my wardrobe…this book is definitely going to keep me sewing—and stylish—for a long time to come!" —Haley Pierson-Cox, Craftzine
"This book makes you feel like the possibilities for a single pattern are endless." —Sew Well
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Many of the looks are instantly recognizable as being from the era, specifically the 60s and 70s. Some of these era's looks are hard to modernize, although they do try. It is a matter of something belonging to an age, and being so from that time that anything that borrows from it can't really be all that updated.
The 30s don't look much like the 30s, and really there's not a lot of difference from those, the 50s and the 80s dresses. Not that they are bad, but it is not the iconic look you think of and nothing screams New Look. The most disappointing is that the 40s look was for men, one of the hardest eras to find women's patterns is also missing from here. Some of the looks were hard to place as why they were iconic, like the pajamas. I had to wind up asking my mother why this was included (Doris Day, for the record, lol.)
Surprisingly, one of the best (and most modern looks) in the whole book was the 20s dress. Dropped waist, yes, but that can be easily modified to fit at the waist for a really flattering looks.
Over all, I'm not sorry I got this book, and if you like vintage inspired that barely nod to the looks (in many cases) or are a 60s and 70s nut, then this is a great book. I tend to like pieces that borrow heavily from vintage looks with modern twists, and this does not deliver all that well.
There are good looks and it is a good collection, but it may not be the best for true vintage lovers.
The book includes 5 base patterns that can be modified to create 19 different projects. There are excellent instructions on how to adapt the basic slopers into different garments and I think is a really great introduction on how to modify patterns, which can be intimidating if you haven't done it before. I made the Louis Dropped Waist dress and absolutely love it!
For vintage aficionados, the basic introduction to the styles of each decade (notable designers, key accessories etc.) may not be fresh news, but it is a good summary of how fashion has evolved since the 20's. Each decade is represented by one or more iconic looks.
Overall, I was really happy with this book. I liked the fresh, modern take on sewing vintage garments and think the styling is lovely, approachable and not too "period". It's vintage style for today. The instructions are incredibly clear and well written and the projects provide a great entry into the world of pattern modification.
I really like the concept of the book. There are 5 base patterns which you can use to make different items of clothing. The book shows how to make 19 different items from these slopers. It really encourages creativity - I think a lot of people don't realise how many possibilities there are from basic patterns. Changing necklines, adding sleeves, colour blocking etc - they enable you to really make a garment how you would like it to be. You can let your imagination run wild. You can learn a bit about pattern drafting too. How to change the slopers is clearly explained. Maybe not suitable for total beginners but if you have done a bit of sewing with patterns and want to expand your knowledge I recommend this book.
It's kinda like how I use BurdaStyle.com but in book form...
There are some very nice garments in there. My favourite project is the 1950's Lillian Blouse. It's gorgeous - a simple blouse with a cream lace yoke. Also the Heather Bustier dress is very cute.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item accurately described; fast shipment; Great Seller! Thank You!!Published 6 months ago by Phoenix
There is a lot of customizing f the patterns required. It is definitely a book for an advanced beginner looking to develop intermediate or advanced skills.Published 8 months ago by Christina Meyer
It's more 60's-90's, though there are at least one pattern for each decade. The book is well written. Just wish it would have been more forthcoming with 1900-40's clothes.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love this book, but the men's patterns are not needed. I would have preferred immensely all women's patterns. That would have definitely been 5 stars worth.Published 9 months ago by Melinda
Very good book. Book design could contain photos and documents of times it portrays, in order to create an environment of time and not so much the clinical atmosphere of an... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Antonio Frazão
I was excited to try out the book, but the item I recieved turned out to be damaged. Pages 177-192 are missing (a whole pattern, at least). That's extremely disappointing.Published 13 months ago by nomi barkai
Book arrived packed like fine china. Perfect. Love it. I'm a beginner, and learning fashion history is important to me.Published 16 months ago by Bunnybomber
This book is unbelievably bad. So bad, it's almost comical. The samples in the photos look like they were sewn using the skils of a junior high school Home Ec. class. Read morePublished 18 months ago by lmw