Jamie sent me a copy and asked me to review it. Full disclosure: I met Jamie last year when I spent a week or so hanging around the BurdaStyle offices and she was super sweet and helpful.
The book is organised by the decade going from the 20s through to the 80s giving bits of information about what was cool at the time and how you can make garments inspired by those fashions in a modern way.
I really like the concept of the book. There are 5 base patterns which you can use to make different items of clothing. The book shows how to make 19 different items from these slopers. It really encourages creativity - I think a lot of people don't realise how many possibilities there are from basic patterns. Changing necklines, adding sleeves, colour blocking etc - they enable you to really make a garment how you would like it to be. You can let your imagination run wild. You can learn a bit about pattern drafting too. How to change the slopers is clearly explained. Maybe not suitable for total beginners but if you have done a bit of sewing with patterns and want to expand your knowledge I recommend this book.
It's kinda like how I use BurdaStyle.com but in book form...
My favourite project is the 1950's Lillian Blouse. It's gorgeous - a simple blouse with a cream lace yoke.
Also the Heather Bustier dress is very cute. I forgot to take a pic of that page though and my camera battery has died.
The first pattern I am planning on using is the Frank Button-Down Shirt. I just need to get my friend's measurements so I can get started!