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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 16, 2011, 03.10 PMby Patricia Spencer

    My first sewing project was a small teddy bear. I did not have enough fur scraps so I made the body with some purple scrap fabric. I was about 10 years old.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.55 PMby catran

    I was around 12 when I started sewing. My first project was a hair scrunchie using fabric scraps. I made so many of them.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.33 PMby amberwork

    My mom taught me how to hand sew a dress for a doll when I was 7 years old for a Brownies project.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.11 PMby ddllww

    My first sewing project was an apron that the class was required to make in sewing class. I chose a pink cotton gingham fabric. I loved that little apron and I wish I still had it, but I don’t know what happened to it. Must have lost it in a move.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.02 PMby rhigrav

    my first proper project was a pencil skirt that I made for a fashion show at uni last year. I’d done a bit of sewing before obviously, but only really mending stuff and shortening hems- oh, and an egg cosy that we made at school, and has never been used :)

    The construction inside was pretty awful, but i’m still quite proud of it, and i’ll definitely wear it as it looked really good on the model

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.58 PMby janice urffer

    My first sewing project was an a-line skirt in 7th grade, I remember I sewed the sewed the waistband down by hand after I did the inside seam. I still got a good mark on it. I have been sewing ever since, I had a dress form and lent it to someone and never got it back. I could really use this I am praying I will win!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.05 PMby dawnsummer20

    My very first sewing project was a placemat! I used old button down shirts to make a six block placemat. Hand sewn and hand quilted! Yikes, might be why I only made one… but I still have it :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.21 PMby Fabiana Mattos

    That’s embarassing, but my first real sewing project was at age 29 (this year, to be more precise). I tried to make a skirt using a Simplicity pattern. It looked amazing, except that I didn’t know to to fit and made a skirt that was way too big.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.14 AMby ggexpansive

    My first sewing project that i could wear out OMG, was a skirt in ugly bright green with blue and black odd print cotton. I was 22 (?) yiks!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.13 AMby hdk100

    My grandmother was a semstress, so when I stayed with her, my job was to collect the fallen pins with a magnet. I loved it. She showed me and guided me throuh my first project when I was around 14. It was a long skirt with elastic waist. Easy but rewarding project. The succes made me come back to this wonderful hobby as an adult. I love it ever since and I still hold on to those precious pins from my grandma…

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.11 AMby rita61

    My first sewing project, when I was around 6, was to make doll clothes from the scraps of the project my mom was currenly sewing. RIP mom

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.54 AMby teelie

    My first sewing project was when I was 14 and the school play I was in urgently needed a lion body costume making (my best friend was playing the lion). Didn’t have much clue what I was doing but it came out quite well… until the last night of the play and when she bent down, it ripped up the back! My first non-urgent project was re-making an old dress I found at a Jumble sale into a costume for Live Action Fantasy Roleplaying. I thought it was very cool ;)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.49 AMby mixtlii

    My very first sewing project was a top for my mum! I was staying at my grandparents, and as my grandma is sewing herself, she help me making it. I think I was 9 or 10… But I really started sewing at 15.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.36 AMby jessdunstan

    My first sewing project was when I was about 7/8. I made a pair of shorts with a matching waistcoat out of a large orange and white checked fabric. I thought I was just so cool wearing it!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.27 AMby alicewang9725

    For my first sewing project when I was 9 years old, I made a faux fur coat with cotton balls for my best friend’s stuffed dog Wishbone. Then I mailed it to her to add to the class factor.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 05.26 AMby milnay3

    My mum made me a dress to wear to a wedding when I was 13/14. My first ever sewing project was a matching purse.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.53 AMby metropolitanfrock

    On my eight birthday I got a blue Holly Hobbie sewing machine. With it I made my first project, a shift dress for my barbie doll. It was a simple piece of fabric folded in half and cut to my doll’s size. I cut a hole in the top of the fold to make the neckline and I cut a strip of fabric to make a belt. I made many versions of this dress with my little machine and was proud of every one of them.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.38 AMby sewingmomy

    My first sewing project was a shift with a large zipper down the front 60s style, the first time around.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.32 AMby Ramza

    After a recent kidney transplant, every new project is like my first! As for my age each new year will be like a frist.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.18 AMby jwondel

    My first sewing project was when I was a kid – maybe 10 or 11? I tried to make shorts without a pattern and they ended up being so huge, I could have fit 3 or 4 of me in them! =)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.14 AMby Lexbomb

    Oh the memories! I was 8 when I decided to sew myself a dress, just like Nanna was doing. My dress was a simple, stylish (?!) shift in blue paisley. The next challenge was making a dress the same for my younger brother (yes, brother) who was 4, and wanted one just like mine!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.54 AMby oohlela

    My first sewing job was turning all those ties that were a part of little girls dress. I was 6. My first project on my own was a short jumper that zipped up the front.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.52 AMby mckenzieclark

    I started hand sewing when I was around 10 years old. My first project was refashioning and embellishing one of my dance leotards. I must say, it’s pretty adorable. :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.47 AMby grammaheh1

    My first sewing project involved making doll clothes for one of my dolls. I was probably around 8 or 9. Since my mom thought I was too young to use her sewing machine, they were all done by hand. My first sewing machine project was in 8th grade home ec. a peasant style blouse and matching skirt. I have loved to sew ever since. I am addicted to fabric, thread, trim and sewing notions of all kinds!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.41 AMby suzygrasshopper

    My first project was a pair of pj’s (silk lol) that I made in school is was 15. I loved those babies until they were just no longer pj’s :D

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.34 AMby aharbridge

    My first project was a dolly made out of an old knee high nylon. I remember sewing on some dark brown yarn for hair and drawing on a face. I even made her an outfit, but can’t remember quite what it entailed now. I was about 8 years old, and made it all by hand. After a short time, the dolly got really stretched out so I was ready for my next project. Luckily, Santa brought me my first sewing machine that year for Christmas.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.59 AMby runningwithscissors1

    I think that would be the pencil case I made in Grade 7 home ec. sewing class. I guess that would have made me about 13 or so. I still have it and it holds some of my crafting pens and pencils. I also used it through out university.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.28 AMby gracesews

    My first sweing projecct was when I was about 7. I made clothes for my baby doll – all by hand, and all by myself. I’ve loved fabric, threads, and needles every since!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.15 AMby mlssfshn

    The first thing that comes to mind is a teddy bear I made to match a swimsuit my Mom made me. I want to say I was 6 or 7. It was made of polyester double knit that was variegated brown and teal.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.05 AMby laurajones

    My first sewing experience was in Home Ec and I was hooked! Just wish I had more time and could get a better fit for my “shifting” body

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