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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 16, 2011, 10.10 PMby smudgen

    My first sewing project was a bed for my dog who had just had surgery. I meausred his crate and made a simple pillowcase to cover some orthopedic foam so he had a soft place to rest. The seams were totally crooked but he appreciated it all the same! I was 28!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.41 PMby betterhandmade

    my first sewing project was a floor length plum-colored maxi skirt for myself and I was 22 years old (which I am now)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.19 PMby euma

    My first sewing project was ajacket for a little doll of mine. I was eight years old and my grandmother guided me through the project.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.06 PMby saylavie

    The first sewing project I can remember was a hair scrunchie when I was eight years old.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.48 PMby RJMCreations

    My first sewing project was in Jr High School in Home Economics class, they would not let girls take woodshop back in the dark ages. The sewing and cooking portions put me off of both for many years. I am so happy that I bought a cheap little machine when my daughter was in Elementary School. Took me 6 weeks to make a very elaborate Rainbow Brite costume. Have not looked back.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.34 PMby doramoon

    Apart from small projects at school, my first real sewing garment was a dress I made for my 21st birthday party. For my 21st birthday, my Mum bought me my first ever sewing machine (a second generation sewing tradition!). I had two weeks before the party so I set out with my new sewing machine with high hopes. My first mistake was overestimating my ability! I selected an incredibly complicated Oscar De La Renta pattern for Vogue. It took much longer than anticipated and I made it too small! However the process taught me so many techniques that despite the learning curve, was a very valuable experience. Oh and the dress looked fantastic on the day!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.50 PMby audylee

    I don’t remember specifically my first sewing project – we were always making doll clothes to match the clothes my mother made for us. I do however remember the first project I made with my mom’s sewing machine – it was a Barbie dress that I made the pattern for myself after another dress that we had for the Barbie – a Yellow muslin Ball Gown. When I see it now it looks like a child made it but I remember how proud of it I was when I was little and thought it was the most beautiful thing ever.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.46 PMby barraemom

    My first sewing project was when I was 9 years old and on a singer treadle machine my grandmother had given me. I wanted to sew a jumper for school pictures. I made it with red corduroy. My mother had never sewn in her life so I was on my own. Well as you could image I didn’t follow the directions as they were printed and just winged it. The nap and lines weren’t where they were supposed to be but I finished it and wore it with pride because I made it myself. I wish to this day I had saved it for whenever I needed a good laugh and to remember the best gift I ever received from my grandma. I still have the old treadle machine.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.44 PMby Debbie Healey

    My first sewing project was a hand sewn a-line skirt when I was about 10 – and I thought I was just SO cool when I wore it. I think that was my first & last hand made garment!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.09 PMby mirela

    I was sewing skirts and dresses for my fake Barbie when I was 10, using a toy sewing machine. The first real project for myself was a shirt and I was around 12 years old. I was using Pramo patterns, from Eastern Germany.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.45 PMby gemmafloyd

    My very first “sewing” project was probably a rag doll I sewed when I was about seven made out of… tissue paper!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.06 PMby momofgmd

    My grandmother told me that when I was two I told her I wanted to sew just like her. She gave me a needle and thread and made a small cut in a scrap of fabric. Then she told me to sew the hole up. She resumed her own sewing, and was surprised when I handed her the fabric back a few minutes later. She was more surprised to see that I had actually sewed the hole up. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t sew. I’d raid my mom’s supplies and make clothes for my dolls. I did cross stitch and needlepoint. Sewing was a regular part of my childhood, although now as an adult I don’t sew nearly as much.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 05.06 PMby musicasus

    My very first sewing project was an apron with pockets over the whole width of the apron. It had a tie that gathered through a casing and was made out of my a print and plain material in my favorite color-red. I was about 11 and that was the beginning. My Mom sewed for all three of us kids and she would supervise whatever I was sewing. I learned more from her than I did at school. I have been sewing everything imaginable ever since. I sewed for my children as well. I find myself frustrated when I don’t have time to sit and sew something.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 04.58 PMby sbucha004

    My first sewing project was a bunch of little stuffed mice, stuffed with a single cotton ball each! I sold them for a dollar each to my classmates :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.31 PMby lindac

    The first thing I really sewed, all by myself, start to finish, was a dress for my daughter who was around 15 months. It was a little slip dress, button over the shoulder dress, super simple, just 4 pieces. I cheated and used tiny snaps on the shoulders with buttons sewn outside. I was so proud of myself and I was turning out one a day for a while.

    My mother was a fantastic seamstress- but not a very good teacher. It was easier for her to do it herself than to watch an amateur fumble. My sewing teacher at school would say, toward the end of the semester, after watching me sew it up and take it apart many times, “Why not take it home and ask your mother to help?” Guess who finished it?

    I actually learned to make fairly decent clothes on my own – that was in the sixties and early seventies. Then I had three sons and, after babyhood only made costumes.

    Now I’m trying to get back into sewing but patterns don’t seem to be the same as they used to be and I need to be able to make things fit me. This wonderful dress form would help me so much and I would be so excited if I won!


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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.26 PMby BonosHD

    I always helped my mom with her sewing projects, but my first sewing project was when I was 7 years old. I made a bathing suit for my Barbie. I continued to expand her wardrobe and eventually mine, I haven’t stopped since :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.10 PMby sarahbelle6420

    I made my very first dress, with lots of help from my Grandmother, when I was 8 or 9. Purple velvet with lace collar made special for Seder.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 03.10 PMby Patricia Spencer

    My first sewing project was a small teddy bear. I did not have enough fur scraps so I made the body with some purple scrap fabric. I was about 10 years old.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.55 PMby catran

    I was around 12 when I started sewing. My first project was a hair scrunchie using fabric scraps. I made so many of them.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.33 PMby amberwork

    My mom taught me how to hand sew a dress for a doll when I was 7 years old for a Brownies project.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.11 PMby ddllww

    My first sewing project was an apron that the class was required to make in sewing class. I chose a pink cotton gingham fabric. I loved that little apron and I wish I still had it, but I don’t know what happened to it. Must have lost it in a move.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.02 PMby rhigrav

    my first proper project was a pencil skirt that I made for a fashion show at uni last year. I’d done a bit of sewing before obviously, but only really mending stuff and shortening hems- oh, and an egg cosy that we made at school, and has never been used :)

    The construction inside was pretty awful, but i’m still quite proud of it, and i’ll definitely wear it as it looked really good on the model

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.58 PMby janice urffer

    My first sewing project was an a-line skirt in 7th grade, I remember I sewed the sewed the waistband down by hand after I did the inside seam. I still got a good mark on it. I have been sewing ever since, I had a dress form and lent it to someone and never got it back. I could really use this I am praying I will win!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 01.05 PMby dawnsummer20

    My very first sewing project was a placemat! I used old button down shirts to make a six block placemat. Hand sewn and hand quilted! Yikes, might be why I only made one… but I still have it :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 12.21 PMby Fabiana Mattos

    That’s embarassing, but my first real sewing project was at age 29 (this year, to be more precise). I tried to make a skirt using a Simplicity pattern. It looked amazing, except that I didn’t know to to fit and made a skirt that was way too big.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.14 AMby ggexpansive

    My first sewing project that i could wear out OMG, was a skirt in ugly bright green with blue and black odd print cotton. I was 22 (?) yiks!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.13 AMby hdk100

    My grandmother was a semstress, so when I stayed with her, my job was to collect the fallen pins with a magnet. I loved it. She showed me and guided me throuh my first project when I was around 14. It was a long skirt with elastic waist. Easy but rewarding project. The succes made me come back to this wonderful hobby as an adult. I love it ever since and I still hold on to those precious pins from my grandma…

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.11 AMby rita61

    My first sewing project, when I was around 6, was to make doll clothes from the scraps of the project my mom was currenly sewing. RIP mom

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.54 AMby teelie

    My first sewing project was when I was 14 and the school play I was in urgently needed a lion body costume making (my best friend was playing the lion). Didn’t have much clue what I was doing but it came out quite well… until the last night of the play and when she bent down, it ripped up the back! My first non-urgent project was re-making an old dress I found at a Jumble sale into a costume for Live Action Fantasy Roleplaying. I thought it was very cool ;)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.49 AMby mixtlii

    My very first sewing project was a top for my mum! I was staying at my grandparents, and as my grandma is sewing herself, she help me making it. I think I was 9 or 10… But I really started sewing at 15.

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