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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, 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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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.58 AMby girlsinitaly

    My first sewing project was when I was 10. It was a red mermaid style ballgown for my Barbie.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.44 AMby Shannon Kramp

    My first sewing project was a Barbie dress made from scraps of cotton. I started sewing at age 7.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.40 AMby skeating27

    A pink cotton skirt in 7th grade home ec class is the first sewing project that I remember. I don’t know why I selected pink – I don’t like pink!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.36 AMby pink-cornelia

    my first sewing project were a pair of short denim pants, I was 16 I think. looking back they were kinda easy but at that moment I thought they were quite complicated. I’ve come a long way since those pants.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.36 AMby pink-cornelia

    my first sewing project were a pair of short denim pants, I was 16 I think. looking back they were kinda easy but at that moment I thought they were quite complicated. I’ve come a long way since those pants.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.20 AMby SarainBrooklyn

    I’m pretty sure I sewed a cotton-ball into a mini-pincushion. I would guess I was 4 or 5? The fabric was red, maybe with a slight print to it – maybe it was meant to be a strawberry? I made it as a present for my mother, so – I wonder whether there was some other adult helping! I can totally picture that little red puffball ;)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.20 AMby mimiohs

    My favorite project was my first project that my Mom helped me make. I was in Girl Scouts and had to get my sewing badge so I made a really cute wrap skirt that went over a pair of shorts. I was around 11 years old.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.17 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    I was 13, in Secondary 1 (Year 7 I believe you call it in the US), and was coerced into making a toilet roll cover in my Home Economics class. It was unbelievably ugly, but to her credit my mum used it in our bathroom for a couple of years before throwing it out.

    Such an ignoble start.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.17 AMby Helen Schnorrbusch

    When I was 5 or 6, I used to watch my mom sew on her sewing machine. I watched and wished I could sew too. Finally my mom bought me a toy sewing machine. I tried to make barbie clothes, not with much success as I got frustrated with the machine always jamming. So then by the time I was around 7 or 8 my mom just let me use her machine. She showed me how it all worked and away I went. I then made clothes for my barbies from fabric swatches my mom had gotten me. Then when I was in grade 7 & 8 we had home economics class. I excelled in this class making ( with very little help )a simple bag for carrying school books and a stuffed elephant in grade 7 and a vest with pockets (which I completely wore out from wearing it all the time) in grade 8. That year when I graduated to high school, I received the home-ec award of excellence for my work. I still sew today and enjoy it very much. I always get great satisfaction from completing a project no matter how big or small. p.s. believe it or not….lol I still have all these items in my home.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.52 AMby esrasez

    The first thing I remember sewing was a blue and green plaid pillow case made in school home ec class. I still have it hidden away somewhere : )

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.47 AMby Heather Bamford

    Keep in mind, I am now a high school fashion teacher…

    My very first sewing project was in grade 7 home economics. I made a stuffed cat. It was terrible – the poor thing looked like roadkill. This was done by hand. In grade 8 I made a t-shirt on the serger. again, it was terrible. The hem was uneven, the sleeves were 2 very different lengths, and the ribbing around the neck only went half way around. I was sure I had no aptitude for sewing…so I signed up for grade 9 sewing. Finally I had a good sewing experience! My first machine project was a pair of PJ pants. Those pants went away to university with me. They were awesome. Since then I have been to theatre school, worked as a costumer, and now teach others how to sew. What an incredible journey.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.46 AMby poldapop

    I was 39-year-old when I tackled my first sewing project – I tell myself every day that Julia Childs was 39 when she started to cook, so there’s still time for me to make a career of this! I made a simple zipper pillow cover at The Needle Shop in Chicago. I took a few more private lessons from Angie Cataldo at The Sewing School and haven’t looked back. I love apparel sewing and I try to soak up any information I can. Now 18-months later, I just learned that I’m a finalist in the Threads Magazine Ultimate Sewing Competition (I’m the PoldaPop Midwest Evening Wear)! My sewing hero is Gertie of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. Oh, what I wouldn’t do for my very own Dritz dress form . . . .

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.41 AMby ghainskom

    my first project was an apron in school when I was 12 or so…

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.53 PMby loeloe

    My very first sewing project was embroidering flowers on a linen sampler when I was seven years old. I still have the piece and plan to finish it (fifty-one years later, but would that be cheating?) I sewed doll clothes by hand in fourth grade, then made them with a hand-cranked little blue chain-stitch sewing machine.

    The first sewing project I did with an actual sewing machine was to help make a Pilgrim outfit for my Halloween costume when I was 12. I remember doing the bodice and wondering at how the princess line curved three-dimensionally after sewing it as a flat seam. My mom died in May, and I found that costume in one of her closets. She saved everything.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.35 PMby Adriannne

    My very first foray into sewing was when I made my Barbie some fabulous little ball gowns at the age of seven in the seventies. My mother later taught me on a machine, but I still enjoy hand sewing above all else!

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