BurdaStyle has done it again with another pattern book that is appealing and accessible. Their new book, Sewing Vintage Modern, by Nora Abousteit and Jamie Lau, will appeal to anyone who likes vintage fashion and would like to reproduce it for themselves. Sewing Vintage Modern is divideed into six chapters - an introduction to the patterns and techniques, followed by five chapters featuring five eras in fashion, from the 1920s to the 1980s. Each era is discussed and several projects inspired by the period's silhouette and style are included. From the '20s drop-waist dress to the '80s bustier dress, many of the twentieth century's most important fashion trends are reproduced for the home sewist.
Like the previous BurdaStyle book, Sewing Vintage Modern includes base patterns to trace, then additional proejcts that require alterations to the base pattern pieces. All of the projects are accessible to intermediate or determined beginner sewist, with a few projects suitable for beginners. The book assumes that readers are familiar with basic garment-making, but construction instructions are detailed and illustrated. The most challenging part of most of the projects will be making the detailed adjustments required to the pattern pieces.
The book includes five base patterns and fifteen additional variations. Seventeen of the patterns are for women: five dresses, eight tops, and four bottoms; with three shirts for men. The patterns are sized for misses' bust sizes 30-41 inches and mens' chest sizes 34 3/4 to 47 1/4 inches.
Details: BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern: Mastering Iconic Looks from the 1920s to 1980s, by Nora Abousteit and Jamie Lau. Potter Craft, 2012, 216 pages in color with illustrations and photographs.