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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, 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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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.33 PMby Tai B

    My first project was a set of three pillows in the shape of my intitails when I was 11. I did them all in different purple fabrics, because it was my favorite color…and it still is…lol.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.18 PMby calidath

    Hm. Technically, my first sewing project was a pillow, back when I was 9. The one I REALLY count as my first, though, was a Halloween costume I made last year, when I was 16. :3 And then there was all the minor mending of crappy Walmart clothing in between.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.13 PMby emilylime

    My first sewing project was a tank top made from a plaid cotton. I made it when I was in high school and used my mom’s sewing machine and of course tons of her help! I loved it then and now… I still wear it!!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.02 PMby VivianGrace

    My very first real sewing project involving a needle and thread was a pillow with the decal of a much-worn favorite t-shirt. My grammy gave me one of her eyelet fabriced ruffle pillows that I liked off her couch and told me to cut the shirt front off- at the moment I had a hard time doing so because I liked the top so much, but it wouldn’t be worn again so eventually I did it. She then told me how to make a decorative stitch, and I sewed around the piece to make a personal and fun decoration :) To my grammy the crafter!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.57 PMby seticat

    My first project? Potholders that my grandmother was teaching me to sew. I was around 7 or so.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.54 PMby Anna Ortwerth Avery

    My first sewing project was in 7th grade home ec when I made a pillowcase. I was 11 and I have sewn every since then. I would love to have this dress form.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.42 PMby spots

    My first clothing project was to make myself a skirt. It was a half circle skirt and I had the coolest fabric! It was a print of all the famous Hollywood actors from the 30/s, 40/s and 50/s. And I wore that skirt until it fell apart. My first hand sewing project was an embroidered sampler hanging that I made at school in our craft class. i still have that, and the placemat we had to make! In grade 6 at school I also made a tall stool – had to sand and varnish the wood after putting the pieces all together and then weave the rattan seat. My kids use that stool in their bathroom so they have something to sit on whilst the dry their hair!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.38 PMby erinacb

    Oh! I’ve been wondering how to make mitered corners. This looks like a great tutorial. Thanks!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.34 PMby eweber

    My first sewing project was in 6th grade home ec. Everyone had to make a pair of pajama shorts. I made mine out of polar fleece with hockey pucks and sticks on them as I was playing hockey at the time.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.29 PMby Celeste Thayer

    My first sewing project was a leapord-print stuffed horse, and I was probably four or 5. The legs, head, and neck were sewn separately and then I tried to make them stick together with long strands of white thread.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.20 PMby frostybox

    My first sewing project was when I was 14 I made a gyspy skirt for halloween

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.17 PMby baisebeige

    I cannot remember a time when I did not hand sew, first with stitching card toys laced with colorful shoelaces and later with actual needle and thread in scraps of cloth pilfered from the scrap fabric box in the basement. At some unknown point, I did get more decorative with the hand stitches and evolved them into simple embroidery. When I was five years old, the most amazing thing happened just before I started kindergarten. My mother went to the mysterious section of a store, where there was cloth unformed into recognizable things and packages and spools in racks, and she bought some things called remnants. She borrowed her mother’’s featherweight Singer and locked herself in the bedroom and emerged later with two skirts for me.

    I instantly became determined to learn how the skirts became things from tiny bundles of cloth and secretly started spending my tiny allowance in the section of the store with the materials of unformed dreams. I guess I thought the elements of the sewn things would reveal the mystery to me. Many years later while playing in my friend’s basement, I discovered their family sewing machine. Because my own mother held little regard for the need to make clothing, I asked my friend’s mother questions and eventually persuaded her to help me earn the Girl Scout badge about sewing. My first project was an apron that was made from scrap bag materials. I repurposed part of the skirt from a child’s dress and added cutting scrap ties and a pocket. I still have this treasure. Not only was it the first item sewn on a machine by me, it also sparked the possibility of making upcycled items which my primary interest today!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.09 PMby nonbillablehours

    My first item was a skirt I made when I was 8.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.57 PMby sarsaparilla

    When I was four, my mum was busily sewing my flower girl dress. I remember I was very keen to help, so she set up her second sewing machine and got me to make ‘flowers’ using the scraps. I think I sewed a gathering stitch down strips of fabric and pulled the loose ends to make a scrunchy-looking flower. I decorated my dolls’ clothes with them :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.41 PMby ivorynoire

    I think I made some Barbie clothes with my mum even before I started school, but my first proper sewing project must’ve been a bag that I made in craft classes at school. I still keep my skates in it :).

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.26 PMby latulipenoire

    My first sewing project was a dress draped on an old mannequin with some great thrifted vintage cotton. It came out amazing! I was 22.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 PMby ggexpansive

    The first thing I tried to sew was a pair of PJ’s. No pattern, school shears, and 0 sewing instruction :( Lets just say it got real ugly, real quick. I was around 8 yrs old.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.06 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    My first sewing project was for my Barbie and I’m guessing I was only about 6. My Mum was very encouraging. It was just a rectangle folded in half and stitched down the open edge to make a tube dress for my doll but I got to use Mum’s old Globe Cub machine and I was so proud of myself :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.06 PMby bttn

    As I remember, I was a little girl when I made a pincushion for my mother. I even embroydered a flower on it.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.43 PMby charmingberry

    My first sewing project was a little dress for my daughter from Little Girls, Big Style which I started and completed this past February.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.36 PMby sherlyk

    My first sewing project was helping a friend make scrunchies probably when I was around 11 years old. She was selling them for a craft fair and I remember staying up through the night with her and her mother sewing scrunchies to get them done for the next day. It was a lot fun!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.25 PMby taysha1128

    My first project was a jacket for my barbie :-) My Grandma was teaching me how to measure and hand sew and I made a cute brown coat with a fur collar and sleeves. Barbie was rocking it!

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