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  • Author: Nora Abousteit with Jamie Lau
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  • Book contains 216 pages
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"A growing number of nostalgic hobbyists lately seek to revive the magic and glamour of other eras, stitching together their frocks to create looks not found on the rack. Guiding this trend are Nora Abousteit, a founder of BurdaStyle.com, and Jamie Lau…Following their lead, anyone with a Singer and nimble fingers can whip up a homage to Garbo, like a delicate 1930s-style day dress." —The New York Times

"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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Vintage Looks Meet Modern Fashion
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.


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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Elle on December 14, 2012
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There are several classic pieces that never change: button down and tuxedo shirts. Not surprisingly, two of the best patterns are men's.

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.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heather Lou on December 13, 2012
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Like the first BurdaStyle book, Sewing Vintage Modern includes information on the basic equipment needed to produce the included projects, along with a primer on making pattern modifications. However, it does not include lengthy chapters on sewing basics, which I think was wise. That information can get repetitive for anyone who is not an absolute beginner. Instead the focus is on summarizing vintage periods by decade and creating iconic garments from each period in a modern way. For this reason I consider this new book a companion to the original BurdaStyle book rather than another primer on how to learn to sew.

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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jade on December 11, 2012
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So let me just start out by saying that this book is wonderful. I've actually sewn one of the projects in this book and it turned out so well! The book offers clear and concise directions accompanied by images. Sewing can be difficult when you are trying to read directions, but the images clear up and confusion you might have. I love that it teaches you how to make the variations using the set of patterns provided by the book. I've always wanted to know how to alter patterns and now I have a better understanding of how altering patterns works. Overall, this book is a wonderful addition to my sewing collection and I think you will love it too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JodiMade on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book is organised by the decade going from the 20s through to the 80s giving bits of information about what was cool at the time and how you can make garments inspired by those fashions in a modern way.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. on January 1, 2013
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I'll begin by admitting that this book is one of the few modern pattern-sheets-included sewing books that I own. I've always been worried about not fitting the author's basic sloper and, therefore, not being able to gain much from the patterns. But, since I've used BurdaStyle patterns in the past and have gotten great fits, I decided this book was worth the venture into new sewing-book territory. And, I'm happy to say, it was. So far I've made the 20s-inspired Louisa Drop-Waist Dress, and with only a few tweaks it fits like the 20s dress I have long wanted. The instructions were spot on, too. I've read through the rest of the book, and I learned quite a lot from all of the discussion on pattern manipulation. This book makes you feel like you can make almost anything from just a few basic patterns. As for the format of the book, it covers decades between the 1920s and the 1980s, giving a two-page overview of the iconic styles before launching into patterns. Some decades have one pattern, some decades have several. If you're a fan of BurdaStyle patterns and vintage style or if you're interested in learning basic pattern manipulation, I'd highly recommend this book.
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