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Book Giveaway: The Vintage Pattern Selector

Jul 10, 2013
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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.

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  1. The 1940s, all the way!

  2. pamela5955 July 10th

    Have to say I loved the 70"s. Peggy lipton and Mod squad styles.

  3. user-2363703 July 10th

    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!

  4. jeannineb1976 July 10th

    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.

  5. User avater aunrea79 July 10th

    I like the 1920s and the 1930s and the suits of the 1940s.

  6. raewaters July 10th

    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!

  7. TarDan731 July 10th

    1930s-1950s are my favorites!

  8. ozzie1905 July 10th

    My favorite decade is torn between late 60s and early 70s.

  9. hape2sew July 11th

    I love the fashion of the 30s and 40s. I just love the feminine look of everything!

  10. sunnysnowflake July 11th

    I adore the 1950's. They don't always work with my body type but I love love love.

  11. User avater ShiningStar July 11th

    I like most of the 20th century fashion wise. I love the 1910's through the 1990's. So much variety.

  12. bellneice July 11th

    The late 50s- very early 60s. I love the transition from classic straitlaced 50s to Carnaby Street mod.

  13. user-2437505 July 11th

    Late 40s post-war return to glamor!

  14. user-1151004 July 11th

    The '40s and '50s--love the full skirts, fitted bodices.

  15. Laisi July 11th

    My favorite period is the 50s and 60s; quite stylish.

  16. user-2650064 July 11th

    The 1950' poodle skirts!

  17. user-1050845 July 12th

    I am in love with the 50s!

  18. user-1050845 July 12th

    I am in love with the 50s!

  19. idosew July 12th

    WOW! This would a great win! The 1930-1945 period is my favorite.

  20. PinkFrog July 12th

    I love to watch those old movies from the 1940's; looking at the wardrobes is a treat!

  21. Carly_Sue July 12th

    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.

  22. MamaMack1101 July 12th

    I love the 1940's, love watching movies from that Era for Style Inspiration.

  23. abqdancer July 12th

    I would love to win this book. My favorite era is the '40s, as in the lovely movies of the time!

  24. BobbieLB July 13th

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

  25. just jane July 13th

    The design, shape and interesting seams of the 50's early
    60's, feminine but not frilly.

  26. WishIcouldsew July 13th

    Love the 40's look, so many timeless styles.

  27. User avater SewMamita July 13th

    I love the color blocking of the 60's and the tailored bodice with full skirts of the 50's.

  28. hotroddinfamily July 13th

    I would give anything for this book, LOL. I cannot choose between the 1950s or the 1940s, way to much to like about both.

  29. cvan9 July 13th

    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.

  30. diCremona July 13th

    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!

  31. User avater PlumCreek July 14th

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

  32. Nitewindz July 14th

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

  33. user-2620596 July 14th

    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.

  34. user-344835 July 14th

    40's & 50's Especially with petticoats

  35. MrsNOYB July 14th

    My favorite fashion period is the 1940's. The styles are timeless.

  36. sweetz July 14th

    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.

  37. User avater reynalay July 15th

    My favorite time period was the 50's! Love the fashion then!

  38. vanginney July 16th

    I really like the 60s. And 70s fashion. But ech decade has an element to appreciate!

  39. jennieMB July 16th

    My fave is the 50s, clothes and accessories.

  40. Clodi July 17th

    I love the 1950's fashion and it is also suited for my body shape (pear).

  41. Sophie101 July 17th

    I love the 40's for the style and the 60's for the colors & prints.

  42. CovingtonClass July 18th

    The fabric, constructiion and style of the 50s was far superior to the fashion you see on the streets today.

  43. user-932521 July 9th

    I've been sewing with these patterns since the 60's, when I first learned to sew. Patterns have definitely changed since then!

  44. masha51 July 9th

    Flared skirts and a good fit are what I look for - so post-war 40's through 50's abound! When the yardage is limited, I can make do with a 60's a-line dress.

  45. JoyDee July 11th

    The 1940's are my favorite. Even with clothing rations, women's fashion was so elegant, and so were the uniforms (ex. Mainboucher's uniforms). And of course the New Look in the latter part of the 40's. What a decade of fashion extremes!

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