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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, 07.06 PMby mlssfshn

    Tobias frog costume I took a bear costume and modified it tremendously!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.03 PMby Roxanne Storlie

    I hand painted old style wood lap desks for all the kids. Complete with the children walking to school in pinafores to a little red school house and across the top had numbers like on a chalkboard and along the sides a chalkboard with the alphabet. I filled it with custom note paper I designed for each child and pencils and erasers etc. I even found copies of the McGuffy readers from way back when.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.01 PMby indigoeve

    I also am not sure what constitutes “craftiest” but the most ambitious sewing projects were definitely the creation of costumes for my bellydancing friends and I for two years of performances

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.01 PMby ladynunu

    I refashioned a dress into a skirt before turning it into a top, using some scrap material for the finishing touches. I love that the top has had so many past lives, and that it helped me use up some lovely bits of material that would’ve otherwise gone to waste.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.01 PMby Christianne DeHart

    I found a small cupboard at the thrift store and decided it would be the cat box instead of those plastic things. Its the same size—put a foil lasange pan in there from the dollar tree. It holds the sand.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.59 PMby galatina

    The first dress I ever made – such a hodge podge and experiment. I love it though.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.53 PMby tanetane

    I put together a cross stitch kit for kids with balled up yarn, plastic canvas cut into wintery shapes, with a plastic needle. I also made a kit with star wars motif too.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.45 PMby dewreb

    I’m not sure what would make a project “crafty,” but I’d say anything that I had to put boning in is about as crafty as I get.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.41 PMby Victoria Callas

    I guess it was my first dress. I had so little experience and so much ambitions! I learnt lots and lots while sewing it, wanted to quit several times but never did and it turned out even wearable! If I can recall correctly I took 2 months to figure everything out, haha

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.35 PMby Michalgsaw

    I’m actually working at the moment on the craftiest project i have ever done – the bombshell dress from Gertie’s course on Craftsy. It’s much more complicated than anything else I have ever done… Wish me luck :)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.30 PMby conniereed

    I’ve done smocked outfits, with bonnets and dresses or bubble suits, using french seams throughout. I I have tried almost every craft out there. I am trying weaving for the first time in the new year, I am very excited.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.28 PMby madrid64

    I made was a flower girl dress. The bride wanted it to be an exact replica of hers. It was really hard, but it came out great thank goodness!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.26 PMby Jazmijntje

    Actually my first project. Sewing a bag without a pattern. I still have it! :-)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.20 PMby suzeb

    A mobile made of sewn birds and sticks that I made for my daughter. It was the trickiest thing I’ve ever made! Balancing the mobile was a challenge

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.15 PMby Kobydk

    So far no big projects – but they are hopefully to come. So the craftiest must be my quiltet blancet for my then unborn daughter made on a very bad machine.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.12 PMby moorjenn

    Tough call— the thriftiest has to be adding ruffles to the hems of my friend’s daughters’ pants and shirts to make them longer and get another few months wear out of them. Most creative, probably my son’s SharkBoy costume, it was tough to make it firm enough to hold it’s shape but comfortable for him to wear. The most fun? Working with my daughter to turn old jeans into a skirt for her, figuring out trims to use and where to stitch the pocket on, etc.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.09 PMby karne144

    The craftiest project I ever did was to make 1 sweater from parts of several old sweaters (the good parts) and it turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to do it again!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 06.05 PMby btstars

    The craftiest project I ever did was my wedding!!! I did ALL of my own decorations and planned it pretty much by myself. I even arranged all the flowers and did my bouquet!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.59 PMby chocolatecake

    Sewed my daughter’s Halloween costume: a full Mr Peanut costume with spats and all!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.59 PMby captain-obvious

    The craftiest project I made was a purse made out of an old coat. Because the coat had seams to begin with it took some creative sewing to not have a ton of layers to sew through.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.57 PMby elzeen

    around the world quilt in black calico and jewel tones in 1 inch squares

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.53 PMby roodles

    I think the Hawaiian shirt I made for my husband when I first got back into sewing. Turned out pretty well and he actually wears it.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.48 PMby shortpants

    I’ve made a glow in the dark skeleton costume for Halloween (it was with glow in the dark material not the paint), but probably my favorite was making a swag and jabot with matching lined curtains for my favorite sister.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.45 PMby sigil

    The craftiest project i have ever put together? hmm. Probably the wall shelf thing for my sewing things.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.44 PMby nouvellegamine

    hand embroidering a few skirts. fun and lovely :D

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.44 PMby sigil

    The craftiest project i have ever put together? hmm. Probably the wall shelf thing for my sewing things.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.43 PMby aldara

    I guess the craftiest project I ever made was a sewing dummy, for which I had a friend mold plaster bandages around my body and then formed it out with paper mache. :D I’m also a little into jewellery making…

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.38 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I don’t know??? I often seem to have these odd crafty ideas, but hard to think of the craftiest. I did make a completely handmade birthday gift for my niece this year (two sundresses and 4 felt cupcakes). I also sewed a full fabric alphabet for a baby gift a couple of months ago.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.15 PMby Podbod18

    Probably my handsewn new years eve fancy dress costume that made me look exactly like an enlarged badly looked after 1960’s Christmas Tree fairy ~ I found it much harder to make it look faded and mistreated than it would have been to make it look shiny and new.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 05.08 PMby dyeabolical

    My daughter’s halloween costume collection. Every year, she was the envy of all the mothers. I had some come up and offer to buy them, but I refused. The dresses were drafted to fit my daughter exactly, and no one else. We had Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Belle, a Flower Fairy Princess (with petal skirt and handmade wings), Pirate Princess (with girl styled corset – elastic thread used on the sides for comfort), and Little Bo Peep….

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