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[Update 11/21/2011] – Congratulations to nellyvdb for winning this contest!

After receiving such an amazing response from their previous Comment to Win, the kind folks over at Dritz is offering another one of their cool dress forms.

We love using Dritz tools and notions, and gave some to member Sara Moskovitz for her to try, as well. Take a look at her mitered corner tutorial, made using the OmniEdge Ruler, Tailor’s Chalk, Petite Press™ Mini Iron and Omnigrid® Mat (18" X 24").

Now, until Monday, November 21st at 12 p.m. (EST), Dritz is giving away one of their amazing “My Double Deluxe (Small)” dress forms". Here are all the great features it has:

- Designed to fit pants plus all other types of garments (gowns , dresses, suits & skirts).
- Off-set center pole for hanging pants
- Shaped hips -bottom & thighs for fitting pants
- Longer pole to accommodate taller women – wedding dresses & evening gowns
- Extended shoulders for supporting & setting in sleeves
- 12 Rotating dial wheels at bust – waist & hips
- Adjustments can be made in precise increments
- Adjustable back waist length
- Adjustable neck with pin cushion
- Pin Hem Marker
- Foam-backed nylon cover for easy pinning & marking.

Sounds cool, right?! To enter, answer the following: What was your very first sewing project, and how old were you when you tackled it?

Good Luck!

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.


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    Nov 22, 2011, 06.07 PMby nellyvdb

    O my God Thank you Dritz and Burdastyle!

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    Nov 21, 2011, 10.16 PMby DebHanleyRI

    my very first sewing project will begin when my Burda Learn to Sew book gets here – assuming it will be here within the week I’ll still be 49 when I start :) . I plan to create a few pencil skirts with matching scarfs for my 1st projects. Why now? I am tired of paying $200+ for skirts that need to get tailored anyway

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    Nov 21, 2011, 07.18 AMby laadylizz

    My very first sewing project was 2 years ago with a shirt I bought from my cousin’s vintage-ish shop. It was a mens large hippy top. It was very perfect because after I seam ripped the sleeves it became a perfect rectangle! So I turned it into a baby toll dress with an elastic top and under bust. And a 1" hem. And it goes great with my cowboy boots.

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    Nov 21, 2011, 12.24 AMby Alesia Fisher

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    The first sewing project I can remember making was doll clothes from patterns I drew off on brown sacks. They were sewn on my grandmothers treddle machine which I seemed to run backwards a lot. I had to have been around seven years old or so. They never fit what ever doll I was making them for, but I still kept trying.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 08.56 PMby knitabella

    My very first sewing project was a log cabin quilt that I made when I was 9. I hauled my mothers sewing machine to class for two weeks where I cut, pieced, and quilted it together. It is one of my most treasured pieces. :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 07.11 PMby Cassandraj16

    My mom used to make baby blankets for our relatives and I liked them so much that I wanted to make my own little quilted blanket. I was about 12 and my baby blanket was worn down. I picked out my own fabric (dark purple and blue with stars) cut it into messy squares and sewed it together. The edges didn’t all match up and i sewed string through so it wasnt noticable. I stiched cassie made (my name) in the corner and it is still stored in my closet! (that was 10 years ago)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 05.34 PMby cucperson

    My first project was a reversible doll’s cape sewn on my hand crank Singer. I still have it after almost 50 years. YIKES!

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    Nov 20, 2011, 03.05 PMby sommerkind

    thwe first thing i made myself was a pillowcase at about age 10. It had to be replaced last year.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 11.58 AMby natmarie

    I don’t remember the exact age I started sewing because I was surrounded by fabric from before I was born! That’s what my grandmother … I called her mummy….did for a living. I do remember that my earliest projects were doll clothing… one of the very first things I remember was a dress that mummy cut out from a printed cotton after I begged for ages. She taught me how to hand sew and let me sew it together myself with needle & thread. It had a circle skirt and fastened in the back. I was very proud of that doll’s dress and I was hooked on fabric after that….although I wouldn’t be allowed to use the sewing machine for years to come, but that was ok…. I learned how to do things right without it anyways.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 11.58 AMby stephiaffi

    I must have been very young, proabably in primary school. I remember making quilted oven mitts. My mum still has them :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 10.11 AMby aldara

    I do think my very first sewing project was part of home ec class, back when I was about 11: a tote bag featuring a duck application. I gave it to my grandma as a Christmas present. :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 05.10 AMby redheadedreader

    My very first sewing project was a sweater for my dog. I think I was 5 and it was made out of fuzzy pink fabric that was left over from one of my mom’s baby blanket projects. The dog hated it and refused to walk or even stand up in it.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 08.37 PMby margiwarg

    My first sewing project was a hair scrunchie, and I was probably 8 years old… I am clearly a child of the 80s!

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.57 PMby lisamarie

    The first sewing project that I remember was doll clothes when I was in 5th grade. The first article of clothing that I made for myself was in 7th grade.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.16 PMby memoryseed

    My very first sewing project I remember was back when I was 8. My mom was then (still is) a fabric hoarder (as I am now), and I raided her stash and found a lovely pink fabric. I handsew a small zippered bag, to put in all my colored pencil… :) My first garment with a machine was when I was 14 in Home Ec class, we had to make a skirt.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 11.41 AMby qml347

    My first sewing project I really cant remember There was always sewing going on in my grandmother house.My grandmother sewed my aunt whose room was right across from here sewed, my aunts and cousins who live in the same house.So I always helped with something I remeber sewing a dress with my grandma when i was 7.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 09.21 AMby Angela Fondale

    My first solo sewing project was a pair of pajamas for my little sister. My memories a little shaky on my first project with assistance, probably a pair of stretch pants or oversized sweatshirt.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 07.13 AMby orchardcity

    My first project was a puppet, which I sewed when I six years old. I think it was a possum… Or a mouse.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.17 AMby lanamarie6

    my very first sewing project was my friend’s prom dress, which was a black halter dress with circle skirt. I was 18 and had wanted to do fashion since 8th grade, but never really sewed much before. My friend said she’d pay for me to do, so I said ok, havin no idea what I was doing but figured if i just follow the pattern instructions i should be fine. Thankful my mom helped and taught me pattern instruction lingo and how important pressing is. The dress came out great and my friend loved it :) I now know what i’m doin sewing-wise; went for my fashion design degree in college, was kinda slow in the sewing classes at first cuz i was still learning (compared to other girls who’d been sewing since they were 5..), but i kept with it and got my degree, cuz it’s always been what i wanted to do :D

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    Nov 19, 2011, 04.10 AMby Miniata

    My first sewing project was an embroidered kitchen towel. I remember learning embroidery at my aunties when I was 6 or 7.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 09.57 PMby reneec386

    My first sewing project was a letter pillow & this was in home economics class in 7th grade.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 05.43 PMby Kathleen Harvey

    depends on what you consider sewing.But I think you mean completed item, so that would be a doll quilt at about 7, I had alot of unfinished things until about 12 and have sewn regularly for the last 40 or so years.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 05.02 PMby Mallowmarvelous

    My very first sewing project was making pillows in 7th grade home and careers class. I was 12 at the time!

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    Nov 18, 2011, 03.45 PMby akarlsson

    My mother was an avid sewer when she had the time. She helped me with my first project, a dress for a dance when I was 13. I never finished it – we were both too busy. But my mother reimmersed herself once she retired. This April, at the age of 50, she passed after a 4 year battle with Stage III Ovarian Cancer. I inherited her sewing machines (a Singer Talent and Futura) and at 25, I have picked up sewing again. I recently finished a set of 5 decorative pillows and 2 box cushions and am looking forward to tackling a garment project (still TBD what I am going to make). I wish I had more time to learn from her (and just more time with her in general). Re-learning how to sew has been a cathartic process, one that has allowed me to maintain closeness with my memories of her.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 02.49 PMby lisa g

    my first sewing project (at eighteen) was a pair of dress pants before i knew much of anything about sewing or how many fitting issues pants could have!!

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    Nov 18, 2011, 11.58 AMby carlachan

    my first (hand) sewing (with embroidery!) project is pilowcases, when I was in my junior high, maybe I was 13 or 14 years old.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 11.12 AMby Shira B

    My first sewing project was a bag that I designed myself and I did it 3 years ago when I was 15. and I read and watched tutorials in the internet to learn the techniques

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    Nov 18, 2011, 07.52 AMby Natasha Venzke

    My very first sewing project was when I was 15 and we made backpacks at school. I don’t remember that very well. The next project was when I started sewing when I was 22 and made my first handbag with my mom’s help.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 07.17 AMby dobrotalivia

    I was 35 when I sewed my first project, a shirt (which I posted a joy to have won a contest last year).

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    Nov 18, 2011, 06.49 AMby RetroDivaSSC

    I sewed for the first time at the age of 13 and it was a medieval knight’s horse’s jousting costume for a model horse. I sewed it from about a yard and a half of gold burgundy and forest green striped cotton broadcloth. The costume tied at the chest with some thin burgundy satin ribbon and was accented by some very tiny chain. I also made him a leather bridle complete with wire bit and leather reins covered with scalloped burgundy satin. I sewed the whole costumes by hand using chain stitching. Out grew the horses, but grew to love sewing!

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