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Book Giveaway: The Vintage Pattern Selector

The Vintage Pattern Selector by Jo Barnfield
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The Vintage Pattern Selector by Jo Barnfield

The Vintage Pattern Selector by Jo Barnfield


The Vintage Pattern Selector: The Sewer's Guide to Choosing and Using Retro Styles by Jo Barnfield (Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2013) is packed with details on how to combine retro fashions with modern style and patterns of today. Focusing on designs from 1920-1970, this book guides you through choosing the right fabrics, colors, styles, and patterns for all of your vintage-inspired projects. A complementary disc also provides 15 printable patterns for additional guidance.

Leave a comment on this post indicating your favorite time period for fashion by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 14th, and you could win this fabulous giveaway. The winner will be chosen at random and announced via email on Monday, July 15th.

Good luck!


Comments (42)

CovingtonClass CovingtonClass writes: The fabric, constructiion and style of the 50s was far superior to the fashion you see on the streets today.
Posted: 5:53 am on July 18th

Sophie101 Sophie101 writes: I love the 40's for the style and the 60's for the colors & prints.
Posted: 10:17 pm on July 17th

Clodi Clodi writes: I love the 1950's fashion and it is also suited for my body shape (pear).
Posted: 10:26 am on July 17th

jennieMB jennieMB writes: My fave is the 50s, clothes and accessories.
Posted: 8:28 pm on July 16th

vanginney vanginney writes: I really like the 60s. And 70s fashion. But ech decade has an element to appreciate!
Posted: 12:38 am on July 16th

reynalay reynalay writes: My favorite time period was the 50's! Love the fashion then!
Posted: 6:45 pm on July 15th

sweetz sweetz writes: Oooh, that's a toss up between Belle Epoque and the 50's. But really any time period has its place in my heart, for all the variety.
Posted: 11:48 pm on July 14th

MrsNOYB MrsNOYB writes: My favorite fashion period is the 1940's. The styles are timeless.
Posted: 9:59 pm on July 14th

Lilput1964 Lilput1964 writes: 40's & 50's Especially with petticoats
Posted: 5:38 pm on July 14th

user-2620596 user-2620596 writes: jhalliday, My favorite era is Victorian, anything made in the "Gone With The Wind" era is beautiful to me. What a time that must have been to have lived in.
Posted: 4:10 pm on July 14th

Nitewindz Nitewindz writes: For party wear I love the 20s and 30s. I adore the feminine, sophisticated suits of the 40s and early 60s

Posted: 3:48 pm on July 14th

PlumCreek PlumCreek writes: Retro style is in! I especially love the 50' s stle blouses.

Posted: 7:35 am on July 14th

diCremona diCremona writes: My favourite time period for women's clothing spans 1912 - 1923. While it's not really a defined stylistic movement, I love the oriental influence that informed the colours and the elegant lines of the garments from these years!
Posted: 10:02 pm on July 13th

cvan9 cvan9 writes: Doris Day fashion began in the fifties and continued through the 60's for all businesswomen styles in Europe and North America. It was chic, warm, sensible and long wearing classics that preserved a budget-conscience woman reputation for good judgement and sex appeal. I still love vintage late 50's - early 60's. All these techniques create form fitting durable seams.
Posted: 9:26 pm on July 13th

hotroddinfamily hotroddinfamily writes: I would give anything for this book, LOL. I cannot choose between the 1950s or the 1940s, way to much to like about both.
Posted: 8:47 pm on July 13th

SewMamita SewMamita writes: I love the color blocking of the 60's and the tailored bodice with full skirts of the 50's.
Posted: 5:18 pm on July 13th

WishIcouldsew WishIcouldsew writes: Love the 40's look, so many timeless styles.
Posted: 1:26 pm on July 13th

just jane just jane writes: The design, shape and interesting seams of the 50's early
60's, feminine but not frilly.
Posted: 5:24 am on July 13th

BobbieLB BobbieLB writes: I like many eras, but perhaps the 50s and early 60s are my favorites.

Posted: 12:13 am on July 13th

abqdancer abqdancer writes: I would love to win this book. My favorite era is the '40s, as in the lovely movies of the time!
Posted: 8:51 pm on July 12th

MamaMack1101 MamaMack1101 writes: I love the 1940's, love watching movies from that Era for Style Inspiration.
Posted: 8:50 pm on July 12th

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: I think I was born in the wrong era of time...I have loved vintage things since I was a small child. I wish we wore more ladies'[ fashions in this era of time...when ladies were thought of as special. I would really love to win this book. I love the looks of the roarin' 20's through the 50's.
Posted: 1:44 pm on July 12th

PinkFrog PinkFrog writes: I love to watch those old movies from the 1940's; looking at the wardrobes is a treat!
Posted: 10:35 am on July 12th

idosew idosew writes: WOW! This would a great win! The 1930-1945 period is my favorite.
Posted: 6:54 am on July 12th

user-1050845 user-1050845 writes: I am in love with the 50s!
Posted: 3:13 am on July 12th

user-1050845 user-1050845 writes: I am in love with the 50s!
Posted: 3:13 am on July 12th

user-2650064 user-2650064 writes: The 1950' poodle skirts!
Posted: 10:56 pm on July 11th

Laisi Laisi writes: My favorite period is the 50s and 60s; quite stylish.
Posted: 7:18 pm on July 11th

user-1151004 user-1151004 writes: The '40s and '50s--love the full skirts, fitted bodices.
Posted: 4:02 pm on July 11th

Brandina Brandina writes: Late 40s post-war return to glamor!
Posted: 9:53 am on July 11th

bellneice bellneice writes: The late 50s- very early 60s. I love the transition from classic straitlaced 50s to Carnaby Street mod.
Posted: 6:47 am on July 11th

ShiningStar ShiningStar writes: I like most of the 20th century fashion wise. I love the 1910's through the 1990's. So much variety.
Posted: 2:16 am on July 11th

sunnysnowflake sunnysnowflake writes: I adore the 1950's. They don't always work with my body type but I love love love.
Posted: 1:17 am on July 11th

hape2sew hape2sew writes: I love the fashion of the 30s and 40s. I just love the feminine look of everything!
Posted: 12:42 am on July 11th

ozzie1905 ozzie1905 writes: My favorite decade is torn between late 60s and early 70s.
Posted: 10:33 pm on July 10th

TarDan731 TarDan731 writes: 1930s-1950s are my favorites!
Posted: 10:15 pm on July 10th

raewaters raewaters writes: I absolutely love the glamour of the 1930s, but I also love the tailored look of the 1950s. Looks like a great book--thanks for an awesome giveaway!
Posted: 9:11 pm on July 10th

aunrea79 aunrea79 writes: I like the 1920s and the 1930s and the suits of the 1940s.
Posted: 8:35 pm on July 10th

jeannineb1976 jeannineb1976 writes: The late '20s. Madeleine Vionnet. Art Deco. You couldn't just up and order a cocktail anywhere you pleased, but it's a small price to pay for the clothing and jewelry.
Posted: 4:33 pm on July 10th

kprincegentry kprincegentry writes: I vote for the 60's. Color blocked dresses, Twiggy, granny style glasses, peace, love, hippies, woodstock. And of course I grew up in that decade!
Posted: 3:55 pm on July 10th

pamela5955 pamela5955 writes: Have to say I loved the 70"s. Peggy lipton and Mod squad styles.
Posted: 11:09 am on July 10th

verymerryseamstress verymerryseamstress writes: The 1940s, all the way!
Posted: 8:45 am on July 10th

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