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Vintage-Inspired Fashion Trends from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern


Every generation inspires the next.

From the drop-waist silhouettes of the 1920s to a bustier dress that recalls Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” 1980s, BurdaStyle’s new book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern reinterprets the looks that made fashion history.

We’ve offered a taste of some of the decades and styles featured in the book below.

In addition to step-by-step instructions and techniques for customizing these patterns so they’re perfectly fitted to you, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern also includes a taste of fashion history–the essential designers, signature trends, and style icons from each period–to help you channel your inner Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, or Yves Saint Laurent.

For more fashion and history, check out BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern.


Feeling a little Downton Abbey today? Make your own flapper-inspired dress. Choose a silk charmeuse for your Louisa Dress or add a few extra ruffles for more drama.


Christian Dior’s New Look silhouette signaled the return to feminine curves and ladylike styles. This design is made for endless variations. Add a petticoat for true fifties appeal or transform the neckline into a sweetheart or boat neck.


As psychedelics and free love found their way into the cultural limelight, hemlines rose and designers like Pierre Cardin popularized the swingy Space Age shift dress. This basic style is the quintessential go-to piece. Color-block it, add a cute collar, or pair it with brightly colored stockings for a Twiggy look that is hip and timeless.


The eighties are having a moment again. This LBD with its flirty puffed skirt is the ideal holiday party dress. Channel your inner Madonna by piling on the pearls or go classic with a killer pair of heels

Dust off your sewing machine and prepare to make vintage your own. What’s old is completely new again.


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MelodyJ December 19th, 2012

Downton Abbey started at 1912. Although it will go into the 1920’s it’s really known for a totally different era of clothing the teens.

I’m really looking forward to this book though. I love 20th century fashion.



About the Book
BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern
Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s
Written by Nora Abousteit and Jamie Lau
Category: Crafts & Hobbies - Sewing
Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $29.99
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