BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s Hardcover – Dec 11 2012
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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, the world’s largest online community of sewing enthusiasts, and the founder of Kollabora.com, a new fashion-forward crafting community where you can find projects and buy supplies.
Jamie Lau is BurdaStyle’s editorial and e-commerce manager. A self-taught seamstress, she now designs for her eponymous fashion label and teaches sewing courses in New York City, where she resides.
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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.