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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.

217 Comments

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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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    Nov 18, 2011, 02.47 AMby Purplerachel

    My first sewing project was a bonnet when I was 6 years old.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 02.35 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    When I was 16 , I made a dress for my doll . I had not attended any sewing course then yet.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 01.36 AMby ahearta

    My very first sewing project was hemming a set of curtains – I used the blind hem foot and following the sewing machine manual to a T! I got my machine for Christmas in 2009, so that was just under two years ago. I’ve had a lot of fun with it since!

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    Nov 18, 2011, 01.20 AMby heraluna

    I sewed little scrap dresses for my doll when I was 2 by hand, sitting under my grandma’s sewing machine. I got my first child’s sewing machine at 5 that I inherited from her.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 11.07 PMby trianglesrhombuses

    I was always terrified of sewing, although I desperately wanted to learn. I was given a sewing machine two years ago, but just finally got up the nerve to read the manual, set it up, and sew some zippered pillowcases last July (at age 28!)

    Now I’ve sewn several patterns I got from Burdastyle, and am making my first pattern right now.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 08.48 PMby ggexpansive

    Th e first sewing project I did and felt good about was a no sleeve empire dress, I loved that dress. Now it is much to small :( I was mid 20’s.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 08.01 PMby raving

    I was about 12 and I tried to make a t-shirt out of an old sheet. Needless to say, it failed miserably. After that I didn’t try to sew again until I was 16 and I tried to make a dress, this one was better but I still couldn’t bring myself to wear it outside. Now my handmade clothes are among the favourite pieces in my wardrobe.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 07.48 PMby Alexis Mizrahi

    My first sewing project that I got to do all on my own was a jumper I made, along side my mother making a matching one for her, in the 4th grade. I was about 9 or 10 and I actually still have it, even in it’s dilapidated and uneven state. It was a blue and white floral print with daisies for buttons :)

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    Nov 17, 2011, 04.40 PMby angcrafts

    I was 26 and I made a pieced quilt sewn by hand! Using my own design/pattern. I was so happy to recieve my grandmothers sewing machine to save my fingers from needle pricks!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 03.42 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I made my first sewing project when I was about 7. It was just about the only sewing class I ever had at school. It was a running stitch embroidered calender that said “Home Sweet Home”. After that I tried to repair Barbie’s gymnastics leggings but it didn’t work – maybe the seam allowances were too small. : )

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    Nov 17, 2011, 01.15 PMby lemmonsc

    I was 17 years old, taking a sewing class at my local high school. Our first project was a purse. That year, our school replaced the old heavy Singer machines in the sewing lab with brand new Berninas. I was able to purchase one of the old Singers for $25.00. I still have that old machine and am planning on having it refurbished.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 06.52 AMby jennyrecorder

    I was 8 and made a set of clothes in blue and white check gingham for my “Real, Live Lucy” doll. All hand-stitched with decorative cross-stitch along the edges. My first machine-stitched effort was the standard pot-holder at age 12 in year 8 at school, it took me a whole term as I was so rubbish at sewing straight, there was a lot of stitch-ripping done!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 02.01 AMby Timea Schmidt

    It was a wedding dress with veil for my doll from my grandma’s old curtain:)

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    Nov 17, 2011, 12.50 AMby alissaslagle

    My first sewing project was a 4 square pattern pillow. I made it as a 4-H project when I was 8. So blessed for starting out sewing early!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 12.43 AMby sonya235

    My very first sewing project was a tank top based on a tutorial I found online. I was 22 when I made it.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 12.38 AMby DTKL

    My first sewing project was a completed outfit for my barbie, I was 11 years old. She had a black silk skirt that was gathered with a rubber band (because I didn’t have money for velcro stuff I normally saw in barbie clothes-and also didn’t know where to buy it as well), and a red blouse that I stitched some rhinestones on to make it pretty. I also made her a real black leather bag to match as well. Now, how did an 11 year old get real silk and real leather with rhinestones? My mom was one of those American sweat shop worker. She would take work from downtown Los Angeles and would be paid per piece, i.e. $0.05-$0.50 for serging a line, or installing a zipper. She worked with silk and leather a lot, and the remnants/pieces that were cut incompletely would get discarded, I then collected them for my barbie. None of those pieces were large enough to sew anything for an adult or a child, but they were more than big enough for my barbie. Happy ending to this story is that my mom now works at American Apparel, I hope the company stays in business. My mom needs the job. Oh, by the way, I’m a scientist internally dreaming to become a fashion designer/seamtress. My mom thinks I am better off with my science, but at work, my brain drums up molecules that dance to form a pretty dress. I need a body double to help me out with my internal dream.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 11.55 PMby mmcamilleri

    My very first sewing project was a little tan corduroy bag when I was in high school. I made it out of an old skirt on my mom’s sewing machine from the 70’s! I loved that thing!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 11.43 PMby brantx2

    A skirt, on my seamstress Grandmother’s treadle Singer, when I was 5. I nearly had to stand up to reach both the treadle and the sewing bed!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 11.19 PMby alimchapman

    my first real sewing project was a hooded sweatshirt in my high school sewing class.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 10.48 PMby TheMamateeus

    My first project was in junior high school. It was a skirt. I didn’t do very well. I was slow and didn’t complete the project. I was such a tomboy. Ended up taking auto mechanics later instead. Years later, after having my kids, I started making clothes for them. It was cheaper to make them than to buy them. Now, I’m making things for my grand children.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 10.19 PMby camberwellgal

    The first thing I made with a needle and thread was a felt hand puppet in school…but my running stitch round the edge was so long (more like large tacks!), that my fingers poked out of the finger puppet…Well, I was 5. Some where along the line I learned to thread a sewing machine (hmm, probably school…), but didn’t touch a sewing machine properly for another 26 years (and I still use the Charlie shopping bag – very handy – thanks Burda!)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 10.10 PMby smudgen

    My first sewing project was a bed for my dog who had just had surgery. I meausred his crate and made a simple pillowcase to cover some orthopedic foam so he had a soft place to rest. The seams were totally crooked but he appreciated it all the same! I was 28!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.41 PMby betterhandmade

    my first sewing project was a floor length plum-colored maxi skirt for myself and I was 22 years old (which I am now)

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