Amy Barickman has created a design challenge,Vintage Inspired/Modern Style , that combines the history of Coats & Clark as we are celebrating our 200th year and Singer as they are celebrating 160 years and a tribute to Mary Brooks Picken who was the American authority on fashion and sewing in the early 1900’s and wrote sewing books for Coats & Clark and Singer during her career.

Amy was inspired by Mary to write the book Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun. The book shares the timeless teachings of Mary and her Magic Patterns for basic garments which are at the heart of this challenge. The book includes 12 Magic Patterns and Amy is offering 4 free down loadable Magic Patterns for the Challenge.

See all of the rules for the contest at BurdaStyle/vintage modern. Prizes totaling $3000 include a 160th anniversary sewing machine from Singer, thread and 200th anniversary tin from Coats & Clark and patterns from Indygo Junction. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to have her pattern published by Indygo Junction.

Learn more about the Challenge in this interview with Amy Barickman.

About the Author


Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

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