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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 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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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.07 PMby monstery


    When I was seven I hand sewed a boat neck long sleeve shirt ><. I was really small for my age (still true) so this was possible with some silky maroon and teal scraps my mother gave me.I just learned the overcast stitch so I was excited and used that stitch for the whole shirt!!:)

    Thank you so much for this!Really grateful as I’m currently using an iron board leaning against the wall as a dress form.creative-right?:) Thanks and happy holidays!!:)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.35 PMby wannalearn

    I’ve only just started sewing (I am 23) and the first thing I’ve made was a box shaped pouch for which I’ve found a tutorial on You Tube. Quite happy with it. :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.33 PMby indefatigablel

    My very first sewing project was a little unlined bag that I made when I was 7 or 8. I used it for years!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.30 PMby MientjiB

    My first project was also a circle skirt – having finally reached Standard 5 (this was 1980s South Africa) I was allowed to use the school’s only sewing machine. It was of bright striped cotton, and looked absolutely awful round my 12-year-old self’s plump tummy :-) After that skirt it would be 20 years before I took up sewing again!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.25 PMby madyb

    My first sewing project was a handsewn wallet when I was 7.But my real first sewing project was a pair of pyjama shorts when I was 17.I remember how excited I was to be able to make something that I could actually wear!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.19 PMby nellyvdb

    A handsewn bag that had a sampler of many different hand-embroidery stitches. I was eight. The nuns in my elementary school were super crafty, and taught us sewing, knitting, embroidery, and crochet so we could make mother’s day presents. I am grateful to them for that.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.07 PMby thejam

    My first sewing project was a hand sewn apron I was 8 years old.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.02 PMby wzrdreams

    My first sewing project (with a sewing machine) was to make a doll quilt with my grandmother. She taught me how to choose fabrics, cut straight strips, sew with the machine making even 1/4" seam allowances, and then piece the quilt to the batting and backing. I was 8 years old.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.00 PMby somethingcute

    My first sewing project was a vest for a stuffed toy rabbit I had when I was 4. I even added a little hole in the back for the tail to fit through! I loved being able to make something for myself!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.53 PMby elisabetsy

    In about the sixth grade, I made a full-circle skirt from a slubby linen-look material that was bright watermelon pink. I remember my mother helping me pick the pattern and buy the fabric, but I tackled the project independently and whole-heartedly and wore it to death!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.41 PMby lrm

    My very first project was… a pincushion! Not too exciting, especially since I was in my late 20’s getting started, but I still use it now. My first garment was a pair of pants with a not-so-flattering fit. That said, I think I could really benefit from a dress form! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.31 PMby crackerhouse

    I think I made something in grade school, but I really didn’t start sewing until I was out of college, which unfortunately is almost 20 years ago! My first real project I can remember was a quilt.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.27 PMby Erica Larsen

    My first sewing project when I was 10 was a pillow with gathered corners from the 4H sewing manual. It’s still in my old bedroom at my parents house and it’s actually pretty nice. First clothing (same year) was a truly hideous elastic waist shorts and vest outfit.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.17 PMby bookgeekgirl

    I only learned to sew about 3 years ago. My first project other than just sewing pieces of fabric together to practice was a basic cover for my sewing machine. :-)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.16 PMby libra-s

    When I was about 7, I started to make cloths for my dolls using my mum’s scrap fabric!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.16 PMby MadeByMarzipan

    My first sewing project that I did by myself was a crib set for my first baby boy. It turned out TERRIBLE, LOL!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.00 PMby littlejay

    I was one of the last groups in our junior high school to have the benefit of home economics classes, so I learned how to use a machine and how to hand stitch when I was twelve. But I didn’t try to tackle a project until I was fourteen. I told my mother, “I am going to make a pair of pants.” She looked at me skeptically. She told me that I would need a pattern and I would need to know about things like interfacing and facing. She didn’t exactly offer to help me. So I went to the fabric store and bought some slightly discolored blue corduroy from the discount bin. (I didn’t want to spend too much in case things didn’t work out!) I got home and looked at a pair of pants that I already owned that I liked, and I copied the shapes. I was totally winging it! But amazingly, and much to my mothers surprise, the pants turned out pretty well. I wore them to school and actually received compliments! The discoloration on the fabric actually looked like an intentional subtle tie dye effect. I’m glad I had a little bit of beginner’s luck to get me through the later disasters!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.52 PMby jw72085

    I’ve been sewing, in one form or another, since I was very young. My love of creating new pieces is still fresh. I’ve been inspired by this blog to create my own to showcase all of what I do. Thanks for the inspiration you’ve given me and to many others.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.49 PMby GeraldineRead

    My first project was when I was 11 making a pair of elasticated trousers with the my grandmother. They were made fom a really pretty indian style fabric that came from the vast fabric hoard belonging to my mother. My grandmother insisted we use a size 12, and disaster, they were far too big!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.34 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Although I say I started sewing in March this year (that’s when I started taking sewing lessons), my very first sewing project was tackled about 2 years ago, when I was 25. It was around November, Christmas was coming and I wanted to impress my mother-in-law. I made her a complete kitchen set: place mats, an oven mitten, an apron, some dishtowels… I thought it was the cutest, most well-made thing I had ever made. In July this year I went to her house for a visit and happened to see the apron I made, in her kitchen. Oh God. I surely have improved since then!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.33 PMby guenthecat

    I was in the 9th grade, so about 14 or so when I sewed my first item. It was a Shakespearian doll’s dress for extra credit in my English class. I remember my Memama was so concerned about me sewing on her prized possession Bernina that she only let me sew the straight lines. She insisted on putting in the sleeves. I got a ton of extra credit for that project and I also ended up inheriting that sewing machine when she passed years later. I don’t even know where that doll’s dress is anymore, but now I’ve sewn many Period pieces of clothing on that machine. And I always know my Memama is looking over my shoulder when I do so.

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