Monday, 6 January 2014

Book Review BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern

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The editors of BurdaStyle inrtoduce key fashion looks of the past and deconstructs them so sewers can learn to use these iconic elements to make their own sylish clothes. Using five basic patterns for a dress, blouse, trousers, trench and skirt, the book gives step-by-step instruction on how to apply versatile techniques from the 1920s through to the 1980s to create an inspiring collection of fresh, new looks. Fashion designers have always looked back to move forward and budding designers and fashion savvy sweres will use this indispensible resource as a springboard to an amazing range of sewing possibilities.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft; Spi edition (9 Nov 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307586758 
ISBN-13: 978-0307586759

"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, 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 co-founder of 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.

How to Use This Book

Chapter One
Patterns 101

Chapter Two
1920's to 1030's
Louisa Drop Waist Dress
Greta Day Dress
Amelia Top

Chapter Three
1040's to 1950's
Frank Button Down Shirt
Elizabeth Gathered Waist Dress
Lillian Blouse
Celia Pajama Set

Chapter Four
Jamie Shift Dress
Jackie Dress
Jean Stirrup Pants
David Tuxedo Shirt
Harrison Mandarin Collar Jacket

Chapter Five
Marhaux Evening Dress
Joni Bell Sleeve Top
Penelope Blouse
Liv Bell Bottoms

Chapter Six
Heather Blouse
Veronica Geometric Top

Burda Style Sewing Vintage Modern is available from Amazon

Disclosure: The lovely people at GMC Group sent me this book to review. I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers.


  1. Got this book just recently and love it. Heaps of great things to sew.. Been wanting it for awhile.

  2. Hi Stephanie, Thank you for your comment!
    Yes I agree with you it is a great book and I love it!


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