My love for all that BurdaStyle does for sewing just keeps growing every day. Most days my reasons revolve around their support of the online sewing community (free pattern Fridays in October, comment-to-win every week day in November!), but today’s reason is actually a tangible one: their newest book. The good people at BurdaStyle sent me an advanced copy of Sewing Vintage Modern, and I’m incredibly pleased with it.
The book is organized into decades from the 1920s to the 1980s and features patterns for iconic garments from each.
Each chapter begins with sketches of garments and accessories from the decade of focus, plus brief descriptions of “signature silhouettes”, “designers you should know”, and “Style icons”.
The book includes detailed sewing instructions for five master patterns: the Louisa drop-waist dress from the 1920s, the Frank button-down shirt from the 1940s (below), the Elizabeth gathered-waist dress from the 1950s, the Jamie shift dress from the 1960s, and the Jean stirrup pants also from the 1960s.
So, that’s three different dresses and a pair of pants for women and a button-down shirt for men. But, there’s even more as the book also describes how to modify these five base patterns into fifteen other garments, including the Lillian blouse (a portion of the Lillian blouse instructions are below; the blouse itself is shown above in the table of contents image)…
…and the Veronica geometric top.
See how much detail is included?! This book makes you feel like the possibilities for a single pattern are endless.
I’ve already started working on the Louisa drop-waist dress. I’m using a gorgeous silk charmeuse in an abstract watercolor print from Mood. I’ve never worked with silk charmeuse before, but so far so good. As for my actual experience with the book, the pattern instructions so far have been spot on. I’ve only stitched together a portion of the top of the dress, but the lining has all been sewn in by machine thanks to their clever instructions!
If you’re intrigued with what you’ve seen so far and are interested in pre-ordering this book, you can find it here for $19 currently – nearly 40% off. Even better, you won’t have too long to wait since it’s due to be released next week!