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BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Hardcover – 9 Nov 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Spi edition (9 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586759
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

About the Author

Nora Abousteit is the cofounder of BurdaStyle.com. She made her first money sewing and selling scrunchies when she was thirteen. Before starting BurdaStyle, Nora worked at Hubert Burda Media and was part of the founding team of the DLD conferences. She lives in New York.


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The patterns are super easy! I would recommend this book to all beginners. I have recently started to make my own dresses and this book helps a lot.
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The book encapsulates a strong theme for each of the decades in the twentieth century and shows you how to reproduce the chosen elements. However, there are only one or two elements chosen for each decade, so if you wanted to focus on a particular era, this is too limited.
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I love all the dresses I haven't made any of the patterns yet but the instructions look easy
The only down side is that I bought it as a kindle and the patterns have to be printed and then stocked to make the pattern, it is quite a lot of work to do that, and I think that is what has been putting me off from starting.
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This book was bought for me as a present. I think it is great if you find the prospect of using genuine vintage patterns a bit daunting.

It touches on each era with a few inspired designs from the time. Some great simple things such a fit and flare 1950s style dress using a lot less fabric than the original patterns and a nice 1960s style shift dress The designs are pretty and inspiring.

This book is not for you if you are a die hard vintage fan wanting reproductions clothing close to the originals as the 1930s items will disappoint. It is more in the style of rather than true to the era
Also it does require tracing and altering but as I tend to copy all my vintage patterns before using the extra work was not a problem for me personally.

Personally the only annoying thing was the European sizing by the hip size. Anyone who has used Burda patterns before won't find this an issue. I did have to alter the main frames a touch before cutting but that could be down to my odd shape rather the sizes?!
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I have a number of versatile patterns already so perhaps I was expecting a bit much, but I'd hoped to find at least one pattern that I'd want to get started on. On the plus side, there is a nice overview of each decade's trends and influences and it's intereting to see how much/little has changed in a century. It's a very nice quality book and the binding makes it very user friendly.

A couple of patterns require you to alter the patterns provided in order to make them up, and for anyone with the time/inclination to do this, you'd probably learn a lot about altering any pattern to create a new design in the process.

I would have liked more tips on altering patterns to fit perfectly - i.e. a separate section detailing how to alter to fit, say, a wider waist, smaller ribcage, would have helped. Perhaps the authors could have given the measurements the patterns are made to fit and suggesting how to amend. I realise this is covered in other books but the instructions on altering the patterns given are so accurate, I'd have liked to see this applied to personalising patterns too.
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It's got different models to make, well presented too. I also like the models, really nice and modernised. I think they quite easy to make if you follow the instructions.
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Not really that transparent and I found the sewing instructions are not very detailed.
But beautiful book to read and to have in your home collection.
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Gives great history of fashions and pattern blocks in the back with advice how to adjust for your size and preference. Perfect sewing inspiration.
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