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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, 03.05 PMby lhartup

    I was 11 or 12. I took a home ec class, and we had to sew pillows that were in the shape of our initials. I didn’t really get hooked on sewing, though, until I audited a design/sewing class in college. After that, I couldn’t stop!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.56 PMby vintagegal

    I was 8 years old. I made a jumper, from a red cotton with an apple print. It had a zipper in the back, and armhole and neck facings. Ambitious! It was for a Girl Scout badge, I think. I used my mom’s sewing machine (she wasn’t much help, because she didin’t sew!)and I do remember I could never get the tension right, so my stitches were all wonky! But, I was hooked on sewing just the same, from that moment.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.44 PMby Oana F.

    When I was 18 or 19 years old, my father bought me a sewing machine and I tried to sew a skirt. I didn’t know anything about patterns or sewing. I just cut out some rectangular pieces of fabric, sew them together and keep on wondering why doesn’t it have any shape. It was a disaster and I never really finished it.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.26 PMby heidilea

    I believe my very first project was a handbag and an apron done for girl scouts. I was about 7 or 8 and it was a total piece. No one really bothered to show us how to sew properly. My mother had attempted when I was six, by giving us little strips of pink bias and different color threads to practice a basic running stitch.

    My first “real” project was at 24, when I bought some rayon to make a pair of baggy salwar for Belly Dancing class. I hand sewn it in an afternoon, I was so exicited. It has a lot of mistakes, but are still wearable for comfy situations around the house.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 02.08 PMby wildcatspow

    I was 9 years old, and made a skirt for 4-H. It was a knee-length elasticized-waist dealy made from light blue chambray. My mom made me a matching shirt and helped me make a headband to “accessorize”!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.56 PMby dgporter

    I was in seventh grade, age 12. Way back then, public schools taught “Home Economics.” It was a course covering cooking and sewing. In the Sewing class, my very first project was a white cotton slip: I can still picture the ugly thing, very unfashionable. However, I completed that project well enough — with proper encouragement from the teacher and my mother — to continue sewing, which is now the creative love of my life at age 73.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.32 PMby Redsonia

    I was 14 when I bought my first Burda and got sewing bug. I remember sewing pants on my grandmother’s Russian machine “Chaika”.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.05 PMby alexus1325

    The first sewing project I did completely by myself was a pair of pants in grade 9 (when I was 15), based on the pajama shorts pattern I got in grade 8 Home Ec. I used my mother’s 1930s Singer to make twill Real Tree knock-off pants with the left front panel made from black velour. I ran out of the twill, and the velour was in my mom’s costume fabric stash (the only things she ever sewed!). I was immensely proud of them, despite the fact that my family members thought they were hideous and the legs were hemmed unevenly. I wore them to school, anyway :P

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.01 PMby renatap

    I wasn’t so young when I sewed for the first time. I was around 16 and sewed a doll sized kimono by hand. My first sewing machine project was a long sleeved knit shirt when I was 17.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.58 PMby MotherOfMany

    School sewing! Blah! It was a lawn petticoat……a half petticoat made of a fine white cotton with a horizontal tuck just above the hem. We were all very proud of our efforts but it didn’t do to admit this to our classmates. So we all poo-poohed our petticoats and wore them on the quiet. A secret society of petticoat-wearers.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.46 PMby Stitchgirl78

    My first sewing project was a simple poncho consisting on two rectangles. I was about eight years old. I remember the fabric vividly – avocado green background with narrow tan, orange, and brown stripes. It was super easy, but it provided me with tremendous confidence, and pride in my sewing ability.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.05 PMby bumblerhi

    I think my first project was when I was 10 or so and I made a bean-bag frog. I actually got so addicted to making them, I made a bunch for sale in the Christmas craft fair.

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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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