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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?


This giveaway is sponsored by Sweat Shop Paris

*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.

[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, 02.49 PMby ravenztarot

    MY daughters prom dress with removable bustle skirt….

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.27 PMby teachny

    A patchwork bag done in hexagons and lined with denim with pockets.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.17 PMby Shannon Kramp

    One of my first big sewing projects when I started out was altering my prom dress. I added black satin ruffles to the bottom of my leopard print halter dress.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 02.09 PMby Scrowe

    This fall I made my 3 year old granddaughter a beautiful little dress coat entirely out of recycled garments. I found a tweedy wool XL women’s coat at Goodwill for $7 and disassembled it, using the front placket and buttonholes “as is”. I used a Burda pattern. I used the lining from a skirt to line the sleeves and back yoke. The coat is stylin’ as well as elegant, and I am very proud to it

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.49 PMby kitzler

    My craftiest project was a Slits t-shirt I made when I was in high school. I liked the band and knew it would be impossible to find an “official” Slits t-shirt. A few people said, “Cool, where did you get that from?”.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.45 PMby renkla

    Andrea, a dear friend asked me to sew a christening gown for her 4 month old daughter using her wedding dress. The dress was full of beads, lace, and sequins, I used the bottom of the dress for the bottom of the christening gown and select parts to finish the bodice. It came out beautifully. Then 2 years later she asked me to sew an outfit for the christening of her son using what was left over from the wedding dress. I accomplished that using the top of bodice, full of beads, of the dress for the boy’s bodice and the leftover satin for the pants part of the outfit, added some satin ribbon and voila, finished. Everyone at both christenings loved the designs and they will be handed down.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.44 PMby cdrueh

    My craftiest project was my adult daughters halloween costume. It was 18th Century Court Gown complete with corset and pannier.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.44 PMby sew-darn-cute

    When my mom had a stroke, I made a ‘sack’ for a better word – that she either carried or was on her wheel chair. It had ‘compartments’ for everything, along with things to do and play with. She loved it.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.43 PMby Redsonia

    Apart from the dress I made for this Xmas, my craftiest project is a very cute lunch bag I created from the leftovers of the Ikea fabric, all my collegues were asking where I had bought the bag!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.40 PMby hands-of-gold

    it was a teaching ‘book’- all made of fabric, trims etc… taught you how to make bows, snap, zip, button, etc.. my friend’s children just loved it!!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.16 PMby spicelmf

    I made a bulletin board from cardboard, ribbon and scraps of jeans from various hemming/sewing alternations. It looked really cool but the pins didn’t stay in as well as a cork board.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.09 PMby woolenwears

    My craftiest project was this past thanksgiving. My family ran in the Detroit turkey trot and wanted to wear sesame street hats. I made all the fleece hats and matching scarves. The fronts of the hats were turned into the faces with stuffed eyes and noses. Lots of yarn for hair/fur and big bird had yellow feathers and feather boa. They were a big hit!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.07 PMby nani

    my prom dress! i made the design and everything.. it was so much work! specially because it was one of my first pieces of clothing. it turned out very nice after all :)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 01.03 PMby sigridjakob

    Sewing grey felt pillow cases with red contrast stitching for our dining room chairs, with matching covers for the headrests (they’re old airplane seats)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 12.56 PMby G-A-

    A skirt where I made the pattern, the sewing and all the details…

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    Dec 25, 2011, 12.53 PMby sewbonloot

    The most “craftiest” project I have worked on is my rendition of The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. I made an 8’ square quilt with 3D pockets that looked like stones from my own hand dyed cloth and appliqued onto the quilt which had cedars on top with a full moon and even yarn moss. It took 2 months of 11 hour days and was for a show. If you’re in the metro Detroit area you can see it at The Fleishmann residence at the Jewish Community Center. While it as on show in 1993 people placed prayers in the quilt “wall” and they were removed by the curator and faxed to Jerusalem where volunteers took them and placed them in the cracks of the real Wall.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 12.49 PMby mrempert

    my craftiest project has to be the storage bench i just completed. from the ground up i created a custom bench complete with drawers, doors, and a padded seat cushion for the dog so she can watch the world go by and politely remind people/squirrels who’s boss of the house and yard.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 12.33 PMby jenyjenny

    My craftiest project was redecorating my kitchen. I replaced the chair seats, bought a piece of foam mattress and bolster pillow forms for a little wooden bench that I painted black. I recovered the cushions with a brick red and yellow upholstery fabric, and made tan 1/2" piping for the cushions and round seams of the pillows. I put up wooden blinds at the kitchen window and made a curtain for it that matched the bench cushion and pillows. The curtain panel draped down in the middle in a rounded shape, was pinned up at either side, and fabric cascaded down either side. I added gold fringe.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 12.14 PMby raving

    My black and white horse printed shorts. I used a burdastyle pattern but I created the horse print myself and it took 2 days to paint on all the horses.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.49 AMby pambox

    my dress made out of ties. not only does it have about 20 ties in it, the entire bodice was handsewn while pinned on my dressmaker’s dummy – that was the only way to get it to all sit correctly. but with it pinned together, i couldn’t move it very far so the handsewing required painstaking dedication and complete concentration.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.28 AMby rebpalma

    A Burda dress I sewed last July. It took me one month to complete but it was lined, the skirt was self-drafted and the finishing touches were made by hand. It makes me very proud!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.26 AMby lokicat

    My long blue coat with red flowers. It was the first pattern I drafted myself. I used blue velvet upholstery fabric, used red satin for a lining and I stitched on red/blue/white/turquose flowers that I had cut out from a vintage scarf.

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