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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 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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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.19 PMby euma

    My first sewing project was ajacket for a little doll of mine. I was eight years old and my grandmother guided me through the project.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.06 PMby saylavie

    The first sewing project I can remember was a hair scrunchie when I was eight years old.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.48 PMby RJMCreations

    My first sewing project was in Jr High School in Home Economics class, they would not let girls take woodshop back in the dark ages. The sewing and cooking portions put me off of both for many years. I am so happy that I bought a cheap little machine when my daughter was in Elementary School. Took me 6 weeks to make a very elaborate Rainbow Brite costume. Have not looked back.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.34 PMby doramoon

    Apart from small projects at school, my first real sewing garment was a dress I made for my 21st birthday party. For my 21st birthday, my Mum bought me my first ever sewing machine (a second generation sewing tradition!). I had two weeks before the party so I set out with my new sewing machine with high hopes. My first mistake was overestimating my ability! I selected an incredibly complicated Oscar De La Renta pattern for Vogue. It took much longer than anticipated and I made it too small! However the process taught me so many techniques that despite the learning curve, was a very valuable experience. Oh and the dress looked fantastic on the day!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.50 PMby audylee

    I don’t remember specifically my first sewing project – we were always making doll clothes to match the clothes my mother made for us. I do however remember the first project I made with my mom’s sewing machine – it was a Barbie dress that I made the pattern for myself after another dress that we had for the Barbie – a Yellow muslin Ball Gown. When I see it now it looks like a child made it but I remember how proud of it I was when I was little and thought it was the most beautiful thing ever.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.46 PMby barraemom

    My first sewing project was when I was 9 years old and on a singer treadle machine my grandmother had given me. I wanted to sew a jumper for school pictures. I made it with red corduroy. My mother had never sewn in her life so I was on my own. Well as you could image I didn’t follow the directions as they were printed and just winged it. The nap and lines weren’t where they were supposed to be but I finished it and wore it with pride because I made it myself. I wish to this day I had saved it for whenever I needed a good laugh and to remember the best gift I ever received from my grandma. I still have the old treadle machine.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.44 PMby Debbie Healey

    My first sewing project was a hand sewn a-line skirt when I was about 10 – and I thought I was just SO cool when I wore it. I think that was my first & last hand made garment!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.09 PMby mirela

    I was sewing skirts and dresses for my fake Barbie when I was 10, using a toy sewing machine. The first real project for myself was a shirt and I was around 12 years old. I was using Pramo patterns, from Eastern Germany.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.45 PMby gemmafloyd

    My very first “sewing” project was probably a rag doll I sewed when I was about seven made out of… tissue paper!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.06 PMby momofgmd

    My grandmother told me that when I was two I told her I wanted to sew just like her. She gave me a needle and thread and made a small cut in a scrap of fabric. Then she told me to sew the hole up. She resumed her own sewing, and was surprised when I handed her the fabric back a few minutes later. She was more surprised to see that I had actually sewed the hole up. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t sew. I’d raid my mom’s supplies and make clothes for my dolls. I did cross stitch and needlepoint. Sewing was a regular part of my childhood, although now as an adult I don’t sew nearly as much.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 05.06 PMby musicasus

    My very first sewing project was an apron with pockets over the whole width of the apron. It had a tie that gathered through a casing and was made out of my a print and plain material in my favorite color-red. I was about 11 and that was the beginning. My Mom sewed for all three of us kids and she would supervise whatever I was sewing. I learned more from her than I did at school. I have been sewing everything imaginable ever since. I sewed for my children as well. I find myself frustrated when I don’t have time to sit and sew something.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.58 PMby sbucha004

    My first sewing project was a bunch of little stuffed mice, stuffed with a single cotton ball each! I sold them for a dollar each to my classmates :)

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