Week 2: Setup/Sketch

Ooh, now we’re into the real challenges.  The thing this week was to make a party dress from a burlap potato sack.  Thanks to previews I am well-armed with burlap, my cheapskate nature let me only get two yards of the 48″ wide fabric, which was totes an overestimate as it looks like potato sacks run twenty-odd by forty-odd inches.  Ah well, the stuff is mad useful. As of my hand-drafting this entry this morning, I didn’t know if contestants got to use lining, but it looked like they were…

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…