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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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    Sep 5, 2012, 02.58 AMby cheraw

    My first sewing project was an orange duck drawstring bag/pocketbook with an orange strap. I finished the bag on Mama’s ancient Singer 220, with her help, of course. I used shoelaces as the drawstrings, and tied the strap to the shoelaces so there would be no fraying of any cords. Then I cut out a stencil of a heart, and used paint to adorn the bottom of the bag. I had granny smith green hearts with purple dots in between all along the bottom, and on the strap, I switched colors and had grape hearts with apple green dots inbetween…I only remember this because my mother came over one day recently with this bag in her hand! What a happy moment of my childhood that I’d forgotten, thanks Mom!

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    Aug 8, 2012, 07.14 PMby bonobo

    I want one too

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    Feb 14, 2012, 06.59 PMby debrarae

    I begged my mother to teach me to sew. She refused, saying I was incapable of learning. For years I worked on teaching myself to sew. I finally completed my first ‘wrap skirt’ which I wore to work. The other people there liked it so much, they paid me (off the clock) to make them skirts, blouses and dresses too. So much for me being ‘incapable of learning’.

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    Nov 23, 2011, 06.13 PMby Swirlz1

    My first sewing project was for Home Economics class, my first year at Hackney Free & Parochaial School in London, England. It was an apron, which was to be used in my second year for cooking class. Well, I wish I could say I made the perfect apron, got an “A”; and the rest is history, but alas, I can’t, it was a nightmare. I started with a 1 1/2 yards of fabric to make a fully pinafore apron, but by the end of class term, I had barely enough to make a small apron… but, I finished it, and was proud of it too, especially when I came home from school one day to see my Mom wearing it. That was 30 odd years ago, I’ve improved much since then… Thanks for the memory!!!

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    Nov 22, 2011, 06.07 PMby nellyvdb

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    Nov 21, 2011, 10.16 PMby DebHanleyRI

    my very first sewing project will begin when my Burda Learn to Sew book gets here – assuming it will be here within the week I’ll still be 49 when I start :) . I plan to create a few pencil skirts with matching scarfs for my 1st projects. Why now? I am tired of paying $200+ for skirts that need to get tailored anyway

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    Nov 21, 2011, 07.18 AMby laadylizz

    My very first sewing project was 2 years ago with a shirt I bought from my cousin’s vintage-ish shop. It was a mens large hippy top. It was very perfect because after I seam ripped the sleeves it became a perfect rectangle! So I turned it into a baby toll dress with an elastic top and under bust. And a 1" hem. And it goes great with my cowboy boots.

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    Nov 21, 2011, 12.24 AMby Alesia Fisher

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    The first sewing project I can remember making was doll clothes from patterns I drew off on brown sacks. They were sewn on my grandmothers treddle machine which I seemed to run backwards a lot. I had to have been around seven years old or so. They never fit what ever doll I was making them for, but I still kept trying.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 08.56 PMby knitabella

    My very first sewing project was a log cabin quilt that I made when I was 9. I hauled my mothers sewing machine to class for two weeks where I cut, pieced, and quilted it together. It is one of my most treasured pieces. :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 07.11 PMby Cassandraj16

    My mom used to make baby blankets for our relatives and I liked them so much that I wanted to make my own little quilted blanket. I was about 12 and my baby blanket was worn down. I picked out my own fabric (dark purple and blue with stars) cut it into messy squares and sewed it together. The edges didn’t all match up and i sewed string through so it wasnt noticable. I stiched cassie made (my name) in the corner and it is still stored in my closet! (that was 10 years ago)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 05.34 PMby cucperson

    My first project was a reversible doll’s cape sewn on my hand crank Singer. I still have it after almost 50 years. YIKES!

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    Nov 20, 2011, 03.05 PMby sommerkind

    thwe first thing i made myself was a pillowcase at about age 10. It had to be replaced last year.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 11.58 AMby natmarie

    I don’t remember the exact age I started sewing because I was surrounded by fabric from before I was born! That’s what my grandmother … I called her mummy….did for a living. I do remember that my earliest projects were doll clothing… one of the very first things I remember was a dress that mummy cut out from a printed cotton after I begged for ages. She taught me how to hand sew and let me sew it together myself with needle & thread. It had a circle skirt and fastened in the back. I was very proud of that doll’s dress and I was hooked on fabric after that….although I wouldn’t be allowed to use the sewing machine for years to come, but that was ok…. I learned how to do things right without it anyways.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 11.58 AMby stephiaffi

    I must have been very young, proabably in primary school. I remember making quilted oven mitts. My mum still has them :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 10.11 AMby aldara

    I do think my very first sewing project was part of home ec class, back when I was about 11: a tote bag featuring a duck application. I gave it to my grandma as a Christmas present. :)

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    Nov 20, 2011, 05.10 AMby redheadedreader

    My very first sewing project was a sweater for my dog. I think I was 5 and it was made out of fuzzy pink fabric that was left over from one of my mom’s baby blanket projects. The dog hated it and refused to walk or even stand up in it.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 08.37 PMby margiwarg

    My first sewing project was a hair scrunchie, and I was probably 8 years old… I am clearly a child of the 80s!

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.57 PMby lisamarie

    The first sewing project that I remember was doll clothes when I was in 5th grade. The first article of clothing that I made for myself was in 7th grade.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.16 PMby memoryseed

    My very first sewing project I remember was back when I was 8. My mom was then (still is) a fabric hoarder (as I am now), and I raided her stash and found a lovely pink fabric. I handsew a small zippered bag, to put in all my colored pencil… :) My first garment with a machine was when I was 14 in Home Ec class, we had to make a skirt.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 11.41 AMby qml347

    My first sewing project I really cant remember There was always sewing going on in my grandmother house.My grandmother sewed my aunt whose room was right across from here sewed, my aunts and cousins who live in the same house.So I always helped with something I remeber sewing a dress with my grandma when i was 7.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 09.21 AMby Angela Fondale

    My first solo sewing project was a pair of pajamas for my little sister. My memories a little shaky on my first project with assistance, probably a pair of stretch pants or oversized sweatshirt.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 07.13 AMby orchardcity

    My first project was a puppet, which I sewed when I six years old. I think it was a possum… Or a mouse.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 06.17 AMby lanamarie6

    my very first sewing project was my friend’s prom dress, which was a black halter dress with circle skirt. I was 18 and had wanted to do fashion since 8th grade, but never really sewed much before. My friend said she’d pay for me to do, so I said ok, havin no idea what I was doing but figured if i just follow the pattern instructions i should be fine. Thankful my mom helped and taught me pattern instruction lingo and how important pressing is. The dress came out great and my friend loved it :) I now know what i’m doin sewing-wise; went for my fashion design degree in college, was kinda slow in the sewing classes at first cuz i was still learning (compared to other girls who’d been sewing since they were 5..), but i kept with it and got my degree, cuz it’s always been what i wanted to do :D

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    Nov 19, 2011, 04.10 AMby Miniata

    My first sewing project was an embroidered kitchen towel. I remember learning embroidery at my aunties when I was 6 or 7.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 09.57 PMby reneec386

    My first sewing project was a letter pillow & this was in home economics class in 7th grade.

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