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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, 03.17 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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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.11 AMby Penguinade

    My first project was a set of doll clothes around age 5 . . . and I still go back to doll clothes when I want to try a new technique

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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.10 AMby nainai78

    With help from my Mum a hankie for my Nanna is the first sewing project I remember at about 5 or 6. Then I would make Barbie clothes by myself they had quite a wardrobe. I loved making evening gowns for them.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.59 AMby sewster55

    My first project was a cape… Aged 49!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.57 AMby verypurpleperson

    My first one was in third grade of elementary school. It was a school project and I embroidered a little flower on the corner of a handkerchief. I was 9 years old :)

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.55 AMby gaylee1949

    I think I was about 12 and in home ec, the sewing segment. We were assigned a gathered skirt, which I made out of pale yellow cotton. It was easy, and I loved making it. I’ve been sewing intermittently ever since, and I’m now 62!

    Gail D.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.35 AMby kanhoro

    i think my first project would be a pillow or something from home ec, and then a hoodie in high school. now im an apparel design major in college!

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    Nov 15, 2011, 12.30 AMby llh

    My first sewing project? That was a while ago. I remember making dolls clothes for my cabbage patch doll. My daughters still use those clothes.

    My first needle work project was a crewel work wall hanging that I finished around 9 years of age.

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