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Welcome to Day 25 of our Holiday Giveaway! 5 winners will get a copy of Sweat Shop Paris! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 27th to be entered to win!

The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first “café couture” sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to highlight the questionable nature in which store-bought clothing is sometimes made. Instead of rewarding dubious labor practices, the Sweat Shop and The Sweat Shop Book inspire crafters to make something unique with their own sweat equity and creativity.

Comment to Win: What is the craftiest project you have ever put together?


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[Update 12/27/11] – Congratulations to members damanch, huddybuddy, thejam, rshelly13, and sewmyway for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 25!


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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.08 PMby jgilmer

    Well—the craftest thing is hard because I have different projects depending on my mood. I’ve made tote bags, pillows, and clothes. I’m making a fake fur vest for my daughter-in-law right now, and I’ve never worked with fur before, so that is a new experience for me.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.06 PMby megatron

    I made bags for people with appliqued felt animals on them.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.04 PMby hayleyroper

    some customized aprons I made when I first starting sewing a few years back

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.54 PMby flowergirl3

    The craftiest project I have ever put together is a panel skirt made from vintage Japanese summer kimono material. I wear it every year to the Japanese Obon festivals that happen around town from June – August. It wasn’t difficult to make but it’s one of the craftier projects compared to upcycling clothing and making curtains.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.50 PMby Monica Peters

    The craftiest project I ever put together is difficult to answer because I’m always working on some epic crafty project for the past 20+ years. I add raised beadwork to cuffs, collars, belts, slippers, hats and anything else that could be made to look happier, classier, or fabulouser. I make moccasins and put raised beadwork inspired by my connection with tradtional and contemporary Iroquois Woodlands style.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.46 PMby damanch

    My craftiest project was a Snow White Halloween costume for my daughter. I used different color satin fabric and tulle. I needed to modify the pattern for the dress to fit her perfectly. The stand-up collar was a challenge! I learned the value of properly – placed interfacing.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.41 PMby Dakirr

    Probably harem pants and some shirts:) And jewelery of course:)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.38 PMby januacoeli

    A wedding quilt. Not only did I quilt it, but I embroider a message of substance on the back.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.38 PMby januacoeli

    A wedding quilt. Not only did I quilt it, but I embroider a message of substance on the back.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.37 PMby Anne-Marie Zaccarin

    The craftiest project I ever made were these christmas quilts, they were really complicated and Long to make. I probably should not have tried to make nine of them as gifts :P

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.36 PMby sewhappy-1

    I tried making my own flapper dress as a costume — tired was the operative word here. I gave up after working on it a full day but I plan to revisit it another time.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.34 PMby queijada

    My craftiest project was 2 quilts I made for my goddaughters, which incorporated embroidery. Seems like it took forever to complete, but the results were worth it!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.24 PMby obscurusmercury

    Not very difficult but i made a jacket for my daughter, when she was 3 and funds were very low, out of one of her dad’s old shirts.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.08 PMby bttn

    I sewed a quilt for my doughter. I made a few mistakes, but it it’s quite OK.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.07 PMby coffeeaddict

    Difficult to pick just one, but I guess a sequined cocktail dress I sewed entirely by hand, because it was impossible to use a sewing machine without breaking the neeedle.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 04.04 PMby boomer57

    I just made a felted wool hat band. I love this newly found crafting genre.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.50 PMby inaida

    A costume! it was really hard to do! A fairy costume for a friend’s daughter…she wanted it so detailed! but it was really fun! I had to make the wings …they took me almost 2 weeks! but the result was really beaufitull! all sparkling everywhere :)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.46 PMby Julie Cousin

    The craftiest but also the most creative project that I’ve made was for my husband for this Christmas. (He’s opened his gifts so I won’t ruin the surprise here!) He loves to cook but is very experimental about it: basically you never what you’re eating or if there is anything left in the fridge. So to help him in his culinary adventure and experiment, I made him dice to decide what to cook. I used wood block and glued on each side ingredients or expressions such as “Don’t go too crazy!”. I put the dice in a mason jar and did a label for it. It was so unexpensive but super fun. Bottom line: he loved it! (I hope I won’t regret making them next time he cooks dinner!)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.46 PMby Claire Cooper

    Probably when I co directed a school show – and did all the sets and costumes – fairly epic!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.35 PMby knuckleknuckle

    Back in high school art class, I drafted a pattern for a shell and skirt. I wanted to make them exaggerated and uncomfortable, so I made them extremely large and out of burlap. That was a pretty fun project.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.26 PMby cam557

    A project for fashion school. I created and outfit combining different textures and techniques. It was a lot of work but it turned out beautiful.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.18 PMby talldrinkofwater

    I found a great photo of a turtle that I decided would go wonderfully on a shirt. I transfered the image into my own pattern and then sewed a version on to a shirt. Even my fashionable brother in law was impressed with my handy work.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.15 PMby cmonahan99

    My craftiest project was a belted tunic top. I can wear it to court under a suit jacket but it also looks great with a pair of jeans. Everyone comments on the large silver shimmer buttons I used along the placket in the back.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.05 PMby qml347

    my son’s were in their uncles wedding i made african vest and black pants they looked so cute.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.05 PMby Karen Caron

    The craftiest thing I have sewn is flannel pj pants for everyone for Christmas presents. I shortened all the rises on them so that the young people would actually like and wear them.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 03.05 PMby tsedai

    I have made bags and doll’s clothes.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.55 PMby lgenie

    lets see, dolls, bears, clothes, knitted and sewn. a little scrapbooking, some garden art. and paintings, all that.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.53 PMby thejam

    A wedding dress made from satin, and lace. Some of the lace was cut out and hand sewen to the bottom half of the dress.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.51 PMby suntory

    A messenger bag for my sister. I appliqued a felt cat onto it, and the flap was made from patched up parts of an old pair of jeans.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.50 PMby lowson

    It’ll have to be my very first quilt. when we moved from the UK to Houston in 1991, I saw how Americans love their beautiful quilts, I knew I had to learn how to make one. Borrowed one (yes, one!) book from the library, and followed all the step-by-step instructions. It was an Irish Chain pattern. It turned out great, so I made more. But that first quilt is the one I love the best. It gets used a lot, and is fraying from all the washings, but I love that too.

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