Week 12: Setup/Sketch

At least the challenges are ending with some fun. The theme this week was to be inspired by Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus. Since I have not been to a circus in AGES I just looked up pictures in the Life magazine archives on Google. I’m using for inspiration this great (probs high-speed Ektachrome) shot and this cute one of a circus university from the 1950s. Here’s my sketch, it’s a terribly rough idea right now and the only for sure thing is the shirt/blouse/top bit: To get…

Week 11: Finished!

I freely admit to not trying very hard this week.  This has been kind of a lackluster season as far as challenges go and I was totes not in the mood for another “make a pretty dress” theme. So this is the least time I’ve spent on a challenge so far and it shows. Problems: The wrap around strap thing doesn’t fit well. The bottom hem is kind of weird (almost good weird, but not quite). The ruched bit on the side doesn’t really work. I was very much not…

Week 11: Setup/Sketch

So boring.  Clearly, because I’ve had this sketch since the episode aired and am only now posting it. “Red Carpet” means “pretty dress”. What-ever.  I mean, traditionally, kind of awesome, but that’s history all crammed together. And there’s like a million kinds of red carpet. Anyway.  We’re going to interpret this as “inoffensive dress”. I’m doing it in crayon yellow though.

Week 10: Setup/Sketch

Man, I really wanted to post this earlier, because I had the main idea sketch, sorta?  But I hadn’t made my fabric yet (the trick this week is that the contestants designed a fabric pattern, got it digitally printed and then used it in their piece) and didn’t want to commit without seeing it. So! Being without the time or money to have fabric printed, I pulled out my screenprint paints and made my own pattern by hand. Here’s some process pictures: And it will work with the basic idea…

Week 9: Oops

Very much skipped this week.  Life decided to be more important than self-imposed internet challenges.  It wasn’t, frankly, a theme I cared for this week either.  New York’s various neighbourhoods do nothing for me. Only a handful of episodes left!  I’ve decided that for the Bryant Park final show equivalent I’ll just make one look and nicely illustrate the rest, ten looks in all.  I’m very much looking forward to being done. Next week the designers get to design a fabric that gets printed for them, I guess I’ll break…