It was fated that a two-day/two-garment episode would fall on a weekend I had to go do big, longer than expected errands in the city. Between that and a forty-minute nap that mysteriously ended up lasting three hours, most of my work time for one day was wasted. Ugh.
Then I had my first sewing failure (which I only took this crappy snap of before tearing it apart). Plus there was the partial failure of the high-end look. But, as a friend pointed out, it couldn’t be worse than the Auf for this episode, right? I don’t know. Chase, who designed this piece, is happy with it. Me, not so much. It’s not super high end. However, I’ve never been one to do high-end well.
I was very, very tired when I took these, sorry if they’re lacking my normal sparkle.
(click through images to go to the Flickr and see other angles)
The low-end look is nothing like my sketches. After the failure I was very “arrgh” and dived into my jersey stash—because really? Stretch knit is hella mass market.
- The fit of the vest thing is weird. Kind of expected and part of Chase’s design, but still.
- Though I love the texture myself, does it look purposeful? Secret: it was not. But then I liked it.
- Overall it probably would have been better over something more closely shaped, as the vesty thing doesn’t do so great a job reigning in the dress.
- The dress was last minute. If I actually had two days to work on it, the under-piece of this look would not be such trash. After the failure of the low-end piece I had to devote a chunk of time to re-doing it that I would have otherwise spent crafting something better to go under.
- I really hate the underdress.
- The bolero vest thing is pretty dorky. I think it references, in a mass-market way, the high-end vesty thing? But does it do it closely enough?
- The vest thing should be lined. In my defence, several of the actual contestant’s jackety things are not lined.
- Is the underdress too simple? I really like it. Does the mock turtleneck do an okay job referencing the collar thing on the high-end piece?
Well, I’m not that happy with things, overall. I’d so totally put myself in the bottom two. But, based on my not totally sucking the previous two weeks, I would not be eliminated.
Previews for the next episode make it look like one of those “designing for ‘real women’” challenges. Tear-jerking twist: ladies who’ve survived heart health problems! Which is rad. Though I’m a good inch or two larger than standard runway on most measurements (and nearly a foot shorter, natch), I am not a real-person shape. However, I have, I think, a lady who might qualify on a technicality. This will be interesting, as I can’t just fit things on her willy-nilly like I do on myself.