Week 5: Setup/Sketch

The challenge this week was to make a dress that would be worn by Heidi Klum for April 2010 cover of Marie Claire.  Designers were reminded that it’s three seconds for a consumer to see and decide whether to buy an issue at the news stand, so the dress had to be eye-catching. Can I make a confession?  I do not think I’ve ever read Marie Claire.  It’s rated in my mind as like, a hip mom fashion mag.  I read W for my pretty picture needs and I think…

Week 4: Setup/Sketch

After the pain in my ass that was week three, I am looking forward to this challenge.  It’s a “real woman” one, the tear-jerking twist being that they’ve all been impacted by heart disease, the sponsor tie-in being that they’ve got to work Campbell Soup’s logo and whatnot in.  As the winning look barely used the Campbell-branded fabric (which I do not have access to), I’m not going to overly concern myself with the last bit.  The first part I totally have down. A co-worker of mine, Amanda (who is…

Week 3: Setup/Sketch

PRPA Week 3: Sketch Oh man, the first team challenge.  For my adaptation I’ve roped in the skillz of Chase, the A to my Z.  We’ve collabed before, but for the first part of this challenge—designing a “signature piece” as inspired by the modern fashion collections at the Met—it’s all him. I gave Chase thirty minutes to whip me up a sketch and in about five he brings me the following design and an explanation of the idea.  “I am not great at drawing people,” he says.  I realise now…

Week 1 Drafting

I don’t know if it is because I used to be hella into geometry and bio or the years as a theatre tech, but I love diagrams.  Normally when I sew from scratch I don’t begin by sketching the finished product.  That stays in my head and the first thing put to paper are my primary plans for the pattern pieces.  In normal circumstances I label them much more meticulously, but I’m working under time constraints here.  So you’ll have to forgive me. Ah, there is nothing quite like the…

Week 1: Setup/Sketch

This week the contestants of Project Runway were given the solid starting theme of creating a piece that represented them as a designer.  They were limited to five fabrics.  Ha!  Super easy for me to emulate. I figure “who I am as a designer” is someone with basic sewing skills, who likes cunning detail in simple pieces.  Read: can’t do anything too ambitious unless I want to over-extend myself, have to remember that “cunning” does not mean “excessive” and heaven knows I love couture, but I also like things to…