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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, 10.23 AMby briclair

    My first project was a pink silk dress that I made when I was 24. I learned sewing by reading the instructions. Not easy! That first dress was not wearable. The fabric I had choosen was not adequate for the pattern and for the beginner I was. 25 years later I still own the pattern.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 10.11 AMby eerieturnip

    the first thing i ever made, i was about 7. I created a hideous coat for my barbie out of my mum’s best towel. It did not go down well when she found the holey remains on my bedroom floor. the coat was also no masterpiece. I have a marginally better grasp of sleeves now; this dressform would help immensely.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 09.07 AMby campanella

    In this respect, I am a “late bloomer”: I started sewing only five years ago, at the age of 26, but jumped right in. I used to be a competitive ballroom dancer then, so my first sewing project(s) was a flared panel skirt and matching knot top for training.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.21 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 08.20 AMby carmencitab

    I got a kid’s sewing machine when I was 5 or 6 and sewed Barbie clothes. I refashioned my fist pair of jeans at 11-12, in 1974 or thereabouts. This makes me feel so old!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.56 AMby lails08

    My first sewing project was re-dressing my tube-like Ikea lamps after the paper covering tore from years of abuse! I was about 15 years old, and instead of throwing them out, I found a nice fabric I liked that went with my rooms design and sewed a new covering for 2 lamps. They turned out so nice I re did my brother’s lamps as well! I still have them 8 years later!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.34 AMby Wendeeflys

    I was about 8 years old and loved watching my grandmother sew, which she did a lot. She decided I was ready to learn when she saw me sticking some of her scraps together with sticky tape to make a dress for my doll. So we sewed one together on her machine, and so it began :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.29 AMby queenvanilla

    My first sewing project in school was a needle band – where you keep your needles. I still use it today.

    My first real project was 2-3 years ago – a white dress with red roses in a 70s pattern.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 07.03 AMby stacystemp

    My mom taught me how to sew hair scrunchies when I was about seven. What can I say, it was the eighties…

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    Nov 15, 2011, 06.59 AMby scavengerannie

    My first sewing project was a simple cushion when I was a little girl being taught by my mum. I can’t remember my exact age but I do remember being in awe of my mum’s heavy & noisy Jones sewing machine that she’s had since she was 21 (sometime in the 1960s). It’s the only machine she has ever had & couldn’t imagine using any other. I, on the other hand, don’t know how I could use anything but my new machine with its gazillion feet! :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 05.52 AMby makurochan

    my mom taught me how to make clothes for my china doll my grandmother bought for me, i think i would have been 6 or 7 at the time?

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    Nov 15, 2011, 04.01 AMby nouvellegamine

    my first completed and wearable sewing project was when i was 22. i needed a dress for a wedding and asked my grandmother to show me how to really sew something. we used a pattern she’d made from 1961. she took me through it step by step and i still love it.

    my first other sewing project? making barbie doll gowns from my old knee socks.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.55 AMby elaineren

    I remember my mother giving me scraps of fabric and threaded needles to “sew” with while she was sewing. I must have been 5 or 6. The first real project I recall was a skirt for a doll, I was 6 or 7.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.49 AMby Mary Johnston

    I made a pillow when I wasn12 years old. It was for my mom..

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.48 AMby Mary Johnston

    My first project was a pillow I made for my mom. I was twelve years old and she thought it was so beautiful.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.35 AMby ashleyraine

    Mine was a pair of shorts when I was in 7th grade. They were gingham with watermelons. Teehee. I won a blue ribbon in 4H for them!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.27 AMby Alicia DiRago

    My first sewing project was a pillow, the typical beginner sewing project!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.17 AMby ravenztarot

    35 learning to sew with my daughter…what project ? some pattern from McCall’s.. A cute outfit to wear to my company picnic What I learned, 1. You can sew yourself to the fabric. 2. Pattern size and RTW size is too different things… 3. Dogs do not make very good sewing assistants… no matter how talented they think they are. 4. Your kids will always be your worse critics. 5. Seam rippers are your friend.

    ps. That outfit made wonderful doggy bed…..

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    Nov 15, 2011, 03.00 AMby sunshinebreezy

    I remember sewing a skirt in jr. high home ec class — that might not have been the very first thing I sewed, but was the most memorable (it had a zipper, darts, and other complexities). I’d love this dress form — thanks!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.59 AMby sala22

    My first sewing project was a (very crude) outfit for my barbie doll, I think I was about 12 years old when I made it. It was all hand-stitched of course because I didn’t know how to use a sewing machine back then! I sewed it by wrapping fabric around my doll stitching it in place, it was pretty much a “contoured” tube dress, but I loved it! :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.04 AMby neenkster

    The first thing I sew (together with my grandma though) was a simple, straight forward pair of pants. I was 16. It was actually more my grandma doing the sewing…. The very first sewing project I finished completely on my own, was this Owl: http://neenkster.com/2011/08/mr-owl/. I was 26 then and it’s only 4 months ago! :) I’m hooked to sewing ever since and am now moving on to sewing my own clothes, so this Double Deluxe would be really really helpful :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.01 AMby catsaresmarter

    fashion outfits for my troll dolls when I was 9 or 10…I still have a box of them! very easy, especially when working with felt (edges didn’t fray). The little trolls stand up with their arms out to the sides. You cut a strip of fabric, probably 3" by 2", cut two holes for their arms to stick through, and wrap it around them, using a straight pin in close the back. I designed them with buttons, embroidery, other appliques. I made matching hats and hair ribbons. So much fun. Wish I could post photos of them here!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.57 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    I was 10 years old and was a member of 4-H. I had sewn this very ugly royal blue poncho shirt thing. But I wore it proudly and didn’t think it was ugly at the time!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.36 AMby nadia42

    My first sewing project was a home ec project when I was 13. We have to make bean bag frogs, and mine was made out of this awesome rainbow fannel. Unfortunately that didn’t get me hooked on sewing at the time. It was years later when I was in my first year of uni that I got hooked after making a fairy costume for my friend’s 18th. :D

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.35 AMby strawberryfreckles

    My first project was when I was eight making gift bags for my birthday party! I didn’t think my mom would finish them in time so she had me help her!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.17 AMby busybunch

    My first project was an apron for home-ec class when I was 13. I butchered the applique and had to reposition it to cover the holes I made right through the fabric. Who knew I’d end up with a love for quilting and sewing and still be at it 18 years later?! THANKS for the chance at one of those dress forms! ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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