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FREE Book Look :: The Book of Doing

The Book of Doing

What a fun book to kick off our “Book Look” reviews and FREE giveaways here on DIYStyle! At first glance I thought “The Book of Doing” was a book for kids (see what I know!), but written by Advertising Age publisher Allison Arden–hence it is mostly for us grown ups. Subtitled–Everyday activities to unlock your creativity and joy….this is a book that gives all of us the permission to get messy, experience something new, and ultimately get your creative juices flowing. :)

Allison is one who experienced the lack of “doing” firsthand as she works in a fast paced, tech field, publishing the 80 year old powerhouse of a magazine that professionals in the Ad and Marketing areas look to. So these days, with 2 children in tow, she learned how getting crafty and giving yourself permission to try new things REALLY enriched her life (most of us sewers and crafters already know how this works right??—-actually wrong!!).

Filled with ideas of things to try out, this book is a kind of kick-start workbook rather than a high level read-and-digest manual. Starting off the adventure into creativity are the 18 “Laws of Doing”. Kind of a mantra for the whole book’s direction, these simple but profound words to live your creative life by are certainly worth repeating to yourself on a regualr basis. I think we all sometimes forget how the little things turn into BIG things, no matter what the direction and journey.

This workbook for creativity includes exercises like Imitate a Cocktail or Mocktail, and Spend an Hour Looking at the Stars and Learning the Constellations. As connected as we are to the tech world thru our tv, computers, phones, facebook, and tons of social media; Allison proposes for us to stash the “red bouncing ball” that is always vying for our attention and just DO. A simple message, a really cute book, and a creative movement we should all be involved in!

The Book of Doing, by Allison Arden, available from Penguin books gets a thumbs up “Like” from us. Check it out and let us know what you think. And “Like” our page at DIYStyle on Facebook and leave us your comments there for a chance to win YOUR copy of The Book of Doing! One facebook post-ee will receive a copy directly from the nice folks at Penguin.

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CRUSH Fashion–6 Designers showcase Spring 2011

CRUSH Poster

 

This was not “just another fashion show”. CRUSH, held at Lumiere Place on November 13th was a charity fashion and wine tasting event, pairing six St. Louis area fashion designers with local wineries, all in an effort to raise funds for Sunny Hill, Inc., a non-profit based in the area. Sunny Hill works daily with developmentally disabled adults, teens and children, empowering them to become productive citizens and achieve their individual dreams.

So on the fabulous fashion day, all came together to make the event one to remember, and achieved their goal…..recognition for Sunny Hill, the independent designers showcasing their Spring 2011 collections, and fundraising at it’s best. What better way to encourage a love of local fashion and philanthropy!

The collections of designers Melissa Rae Brown, Miriam Coffey, Anna Friss, Paul Gibson, Allyce King, and Laura Kathleen Planck walked the runway, with over 400 excited partygoers in the audience. Here are some highlights from the show:

Sunny Hill logo

Kicking off the show on the runway, Victoria James, Sunny Hill’s CEO welcomes the audience

 Vicky James, Sunny Hill CEO

and introduces Mallori Nicole, an uber talented young performer (and model), singing “Happy”

  Mallori Nicole

Sunny Hill client rocks the runway with DIYStyle/Game Day model Blair!

Sunny Hill Client

Allyce King Swim logo

Looks from the Allyce King Swim Spring 2011 Collection

Allyce King Swim-Look #1 Allyce King Swim-Look #2

Allyce King Swim-Look #3 Allyce King Swim-Look #4

Allyce King Swim Designer-Allyce King

Allyce King Swim Designer-Allyce King

Blue Bird Denim logo

Looks from the Blue Bird Denim Spring 2011 Collection

Blue Bird Denim 1 Blue Bird Denim 2

Blue Bird Denim 3 Blue Bird Denim 4

Blue Bird Denim Designer-Anna Friss

Anna Friss

 

DIYStyle logo

Looks from the Game Day-DIYStyle Spring 2011 Collection-Designer Allyce King

Game Day 1 Game Day 2

Game Day 3 Game Day 4

 

Laura Kathleen logo

Looks from Laura Kathleen Spring 2011 Collection

Laura Kathleen 1 Laura Kathleen 2

Laura Kathleen 3 Laura Kathleen 4

Laura Kathleen Designer-Laura Kathleen Planck

Laura Kathleen Planck

 

Miriam Coffey logo

Looks from Miriam Coffey Spring Collection 2011

Miriam Coffey 1 Miriam Coffey 2

Miriam Coffey 3 Miriam Coffey 3

Miriam Coffey Designer-Miriam Coffey

Miriam Coffey

 

Penny Rae Vintage

Looks from Penny Rae Vintage Spring 2011 Collection

Penny Rae Vintage 1 Penny Rae Vintage 2

Penny Rae Vintage 3 Penny Rae Vintage 4

Penny Rae Vintage Designer-Melissa Rae Brown

Melissa Rae Brown

 

REIGN logo

Looks from REIGN Spring 2011 Collection

REIGN 1 REIGN 2

REIGN 3 REIGN 4

REIGN Designer-Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson

I was so proud to produce the show, and all were thrilled with the response from the audience as well as the media and press. Thanks to everyone for all of their talent and hard work, front of house and behind the scenes, including the over 60 volunteer models, Hair team from American Image Salon, Make-up team from Kolours Salon, our photographer Mark Schwigen, video producer Matt Schmitt, and our tech team Jon Cummins and Zach Mielke. We could not have done this without all of you!

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Endless Scarves

Endless Scarf-Printed Silk

 

It’s Fall and time for some new wardrobe spruce ups. One easy add is an endless scarf. Some call them ring scarfs, loop scarves, or infinity scarves……either way it’s just an endless ring of fabric, finished (or not) so that it’s a loop. SOOO very easy to make I’m not sure why anyone would buy these ready made. Here’s my version for just about any fabric, silk, rayon knit, textured, you name it. Follow the steps below, and soon you will have a wardrobe of scarves only limited by the thousands of fabric choices in your favorite fabric haunt. And don’t forget about vintage scarves. these can be remade in a ring the same way.

Step 1: Purchase enough fabric to get about an 18″ x 60″ piece (50″ – 72″ is good). Trim all the edges neatly so you have a nice rectangle.

Step 2: Fold the fabric piece right sides together, matching long edges. Stitch a narrow seam starting 3″ in at the beginning, and stopping 3″ from the end. You can use a serger (if you have one) like I did to make it even faster!

Endless Scarf Step 2

Step 3: Turn the tube right side out. Match the short ends, right sides together and stitch a narrow seam, securing the ends of the scarf together in a ring.

Endless Scarf Step 3

Step 4: Tuck in raw edges and hand or machine stitch the opening closed.

Endless Scarf Step 4

That’s all there is to it! Super simple, and made in less than 10 minutes of sewing time (it actually took me longer to trim the fabric straight than to sew!). And don’t press these flat after you are done, just steam to remove wrinkles so you have a nice billowy or drapey shape.

Endless Scarf-Rayon Knit

This is a look that’s just as chic paired with jeans and a tee, as it is with a fitted sheath dress. These scarves make it “sew” easy to add a shot of color to your fall fashions. And check out our Tube Scarf project too. It’s made basically the same way, just a wider version to be worn as a shrug or fuller scarf.  

Just wish shopping for a new pair of jeans was this easy. :)

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Now that Season 8 of Project Runway is underway, we get to see Nina Garcia on a weekly basis dolling out advice and critique to the challenged designers. As the fashion editor for Marie Claire (and formerly Elle magazine), Nina has the up-to-the-minute info on what’s hot and what’s not. And, she can disseminate a “look” and give advice on what works to be fashionable and stylish on a dime. So when her new book arrived here at DIYStyle, we were intrigued, but not surprised to see that she has now taken veritably every notable occasion and turned it into a “What to Wear” opportunity, conveying her pro style sense.

Nina Garcia’s Look Book” with illustrations by the beloved Rubin Toledo hits the bookstore this week. An easy read, just like her previous books (“The 100″ and “Little Black Book of Style”), this one gives guidance for every category of life and style possible. With sections for work, dating, day, night, holidays, life events, weddings and dream travel she pretty well covers it all! Here are some of the topics (including some that will make you smile):

  • The Sweatpants Trap: What to Wear when you work from home
  • Come Fly With Me: What to Wear on a business trip
  • Love Hurts: What to Wear when you breakup with your boyfriend
  • The New Crew: What to Wear when you meet your new boyfriends friends
  • For the People: What to Wear when you are volunteering
  • Curtains Up: What to Wear to a Broadway play
  • Reality Bites: What to Wear when you are single on Valentines Day
  • Youth Gone Wild: What to Wear to chaperone a school dance
  • Objection Your Honor: What to Wear to Jury Duty
  • Matriarchal Chic: What to Wear to your daughter’s wedding
  • On the Road Again: What to Wear when traveling 

All throughout Nina infuses us with her personality–laid back tongue-in-cheek humor and fashion tips, as well as the expected (per her other books) quotes and bits of wisdom from fashion icons and others that just make the book generally fun and energetic. Read the entire book cover to cover in one sitting or (like we did), just pick it up, turn to a section and start surfing around. Either way you will come away with what to wear guidance from the best fashion guru around. Just tell your girlfriends “Nina Says”!

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Susan G. Komen St. Louis :: Survivor Event

Balcony at MAC

 

A sea of pink! That was the view, as we stood up on the balcony overlooking the ballroom at the Missouri Athletic Club. DIYStyle was honored to produce a fashion show for the St. Louis Susan G. Komen affiliate, at their annual Survivor luncheon. As the designs to be modeled filtered into the dressing rooms, and the over 600 women arrived downstairs came into the Art Deco Room, it was evident….Pink was the power color and theme for the day.

DIYStyle created the “Dreams to Design” fashion show to showcase Rejectamenta fashions that were inspired by breast cancer survivors and their stories, with student and alumni designers from Stephens College. These designs, collectively called  ”Breaking the Pattern” are made from recycled materials and are very PINK. In addition, DIYStyle created a special collection of T-Shirt Surgery designs from Race for the Cure Tees. Together, these unique collections had quite an impact on our “pink ladies” at their dessert reception Sunday!

Heidi Glaus News Channel 5

We were definitely excited to have Heidi Glaus, from News Channel 5 as the emcee. Heidi had visited the DIYStyle studio and Workshop a few months ago, so our introduction was quite entertaining as she relayed the story of making panties and then trying them on (on live TV!). And so we started…..to the song “Halo”…………..and this model walked out on the runway:

Poker Cards Dress

And then these:

Mop Dress  Hanger Dress

Shells Dress  Bullets Dress

Starburst Wrappers Dress  Breaking the Pattern Model Parade

Matt our DIYStyle video producer did a wonderful segment with survivor interviews we did at the local Komen office, coupled with pics from last years STL Race for the Cure (did you know St. Louis now has the largest race in the country with over 65K participants!?). Yes Matt, you did bring tears to everyones eyes (he told me he would do that). This was actually our time for models to do a quick change for the next set.

And then the DIYStyle Race for the Cure, T-Shirt Surgery Collection walked (rocked) the runway….to the songs “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”:

T-Shirt Surgery 1  T-Shirt Surgery 2

T-Shirt Surgery 3  T-Shirt Surgery 4

T-Shirt Surgery 5  DIYStyle T-Shirt Surgery Model Parade

Talk about audience participation! Clapping, laughing, and rocking out to the music….everyone was having a fantastic time. And our models definitely nailed this show for all (thanks girls–you’re awesome!). And a special thanks to our A/V guy who mixed all the music, timed everything precisely (slides, video, lights)…our own Jon Cummins (yes nepotism here–he did a GREAT job).

Group shot 1

Group Shot 2

Group Shot 3

And kudos to our talented designers!

Designers for the show

Such a wonderful cause….we were SO pumped to do this show. The women inspired all of us, and I think we inspired them as well. “Dreams to Design” is hoping to be on tour in a city near you. Let us know if you have a Susan G. Komen related event where the collection can be included! And, watch for the video of of the show to be posted very soon.

Think Pink….and support your local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! We’re walking……how about you?

   

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DIYStyle at Swap-O-Rama in St. Louis 4-10-10!!

Swap O Rama STL

 

The Swap-O-Rama has landed in St. Louis this weekend, and DIYStyle will be there! Join in the wardrobe refashion fun, and dig in to find the gems you can restyle into this season’s pick pieces. Best yet, it’s all FREE!!! The whole deal will be held at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, this Saturday, April 10th, from Noon until 4pm. Come early for the best selection, and bring a bag of your own closet misfits to add to the pile. We’ll be helping at the sewing stations and giving away some cool prizes. Stop by our table and say hello and learn more about our upcoming workshops, and the new DIYStyle Boutique. We’re really excited to be a part of this. AND Allyce just did a segement for Great Day St. Louis (KMOV 4 in STL) on wardrobe refashion  that airs today too. Fun, fun, fun………..sew on! 

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Pi Day is Allyce’s Birthday!

Pi Day Embroidery

When Allyce was in school they had “Pi Day”, on 3-14 (you know pi is 3.14….). She loved it because she got dessert on her birthday, March 14th TWICE! Both as a special celebration at school (with pie of course), and again at home with her favorite confetti sprinkles birthday cake….talk about sugar overload! So, when we discoved a FREE embroidery design by a super company called Urban Threads, celebrating Pi Day we thought it would be a great way to celebrate Allyce’s 23rd birthday AND get you all a free Pi Day embroidery download!

So, if you have not yet checked out our new bestest (is that a word?) machine embroidery friend, then this is the perfect time to see all of their fab designs. Don’t waste any time either. This free download is only available until March 14th. Not your grandmothers embroidery (I know–you’ve heard that before!) REALLY! Watch for new projects coming on DIYStyle that will feature their edgy embroidery. We think they are way cool………..

And Happy Birthday Girl!!! We love you :)

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Project Runway:: And The Winner Is…

Main

There are nine designers left! Everyone that voted for who they thought would still be in the running is correct so far. That means everyone who posted their fav PR designer in the early post will receive a gift from DIYStyle! Keep an eye out for an email from us announcing what you won.

Seth Aaron

Last week’s episode was titled “Hard Wear,” and a couple of the designs looked like they were pretty “hard to wear”. The designers were instructed to create an uncoventional look using hardware materials instead of their usual fabric. 

Maya Designing

This week’s challenge winner was Jay. His design was quite amazing–who thought that someone could make such a fashionable outfit out of a black trash bag! Even Heidi said that they have never seen anything like it. Also, in this challenge the designers had to create an accessory to go with their look. The braided belt that Jay created looks like genuine leather!

 

I really liked Maya’s accessory. She made a very bold necklace out of keys that I think was simply amazing. The judges even said it was the strongest accessory.

 

 My personal favorite is still Seth Aaron. We will just have to watch and see what happens…

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DIYStyle Read::Sewing for Dummies

Sewing for Dummies cover

No, you don’t need to be a “dummy” to buy this book, or even a beginner sewer…..the simplicity of organization of hardcore info in this sewing handbook is what we all wish for when in a late night sewing pinch! Like me, you have probably perused several of the Dummies books, most of them pretty darn useful and written in a voice that I can understand. Sewing for Dummies is just that, from this easy-to-navigate category of books by Wiley. Written by industry veteran (and a long time friend) Jan Saunders-Maresh, this book is a must have for every level of sewist.

I love books that are an easy read, especially when I am grappling with a subject that is new or seemingly difficult to me.  Just check out the other Dummies books on my shelf…mostly internet and computer related. Jan has a knack for making the step by step instructions for everything from zippers to pockets, and piping to slipcovers as easy as pie, and fun to boot. Some of the included cartoons are so on target, and hit home. A lighter note when you are trying to figure out just how to get that particular technique down.

Sections in the book cover major sewing opportunities, including Fashion sewing (our fav of course!), Home Dec, Alterations, and the “trademark” top ten lists. Sewing for Dummies even has some handy charts included, perforated so you can keep with you as you hit the fabric store. Fabric conversions, sheet sizes and needle specs are included to take on the go.

Sewing for Dummies has become our go-to handbook at DIYStyle for all of our sewing questions, especially used in classes at the DIYStyle Workshop. Add it to your list of must have tools for your sewing room. It’s reassuring to have a good friend like Jan at your side even if it’s only in book form. Now, we just need to talk Wiley into staffing a midnight to 7am Sewing for Dummies call hotline for those of us that are truely sewing dummies (more like zombies) when we’re up sewing all night long! For now, the book will do….and very nicely I might add.

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Project Runway 7::Time for Free Sewing Stuff!

Brother Clock

Did I get you with that tag line? Free stuff is always good. And when it’s coordinated with following this new season of Project Runway it’s even better. Last week I posted a new blog contest we are having fun with at DIYStyle…..but only a few of you paid attention! So, I’m giving all another chance to join in the guessing game, to win FREE sewing stuff. Here’s how to join in:

Make your pick: Who is your winning designer of choice?

Post your choice here on THIS blog entry, and each week we’ll see who is still in the running, both on PR and in our little game here. You MUST post to this blog entry with your designer pick before the next episode airs this Thursday night-January 28th. Anyone who guessed correctly and still has their designer in the running at week 7 (there should be about 6 designers left at that point by my calculations!) will receive a free gift from DIYStyle (and courtesy of our great sponsors). We have assorted goodies in our stash including snips, patterns, thread, fasteners and more. Really this guessing game is just for fun………..but it doesn’t hurt to get a little gift for being right……..and bragging rights to boot!

 Now onto the last PR episode….

From Potato Sacks to Butt Cheeks!! Could you believe what actually walked down the runway in this show?! The challenge was innocent enough. Taking a potato sack and turning it into something beautiful (from the age old saying that any beautiful woman could look great even dressed in a potato sack). That was the beginning of some interesting sewing and design decisions, and ended up in a model walking down the runway in a creation that shocked viewers with the “skin display”.

Group in Sewing Room

In a way I feel sorry for the winning designer, because I think all the talk was about the poor decision (and design) from Ping. But, several pieces by other designers warrant discussion (besides her odd dress). The group keeps sewing away on the Brother sewing machines in the lab. Full up now….but not for long.

Ping at work and then the awful creation that caused the stir! Yes, you could see the model’s rear (how could Ping let that go down the runway…much less the producers. She should have gotten booted off for this one)

Ping at work

Ping’s Dress-Back View–EEW!

My favorites were Seth, Jonathan and Amy

Seth’s futuristic dress

Jonathan’s Design

Amy’s Amazing Potato Sack Dress

In the end Pamela was the one that took the loss (still think it should have been Ping–am I getting too vocal here?!). And of course we can’t forget the winner of this challenge……….Jay! I absolutely adore what this guy did with burlap. As Michael Kors said, he thought the trim on the dress floated almost as if it were made of feathers. A far cry from a potato sack! Wonder what Jay will be able to pull out in the remaining challenges with actual fabric!

Jay’s winning Dress

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Sewing DIY Gifts

Sewing Gifts-Pull thru Scarf

This year I made a pact to only give handmade (or at least semi-handmade) gifts this holiday season. I thought you might like to see my favorite to sew, and the one that everyone loved! Polar fleece is so soft, warm and in tons of fab colors and prints, and was perfect for this Pull thru Scarf. These are so simple that you can churn out several, even at the eleventh hour. And, they take very little fabric and supplies (only matching thread), so they are easy on the budget too….and we all need a little help there. I made these out of two coordinating colors and prints, but change them up as you like.

If you want directions for the fleece scarf just add your comment to this post, along with your email address. Let us know what you think about DIYStyle and we’ll send the easy instructions right out. If enough of you give the thumbs up, we’ll tape this for an upcoming DIYStyle episode!

Have a creative Happy New Year!

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DIYStyle Launches 4 Designers!

Launch Show Opening

 

What a whirlwind at St. Louis Fashion Week! DIYStyle was so honored to present one of 6 shows for the fashion and style packed week. Our show was called LAUNCH–showcasing the DIYStyle Collection and the collections of 4 new designers, Connie Bourgeois, Allyce King, Maggie Laskowitz and Courtney Stiles. Each of the designers had not shown their fashion collections on the runway (besides fashion design school), so this was an opportunity of a lifetime for all of us! And it was at a super cool venue, Lumiere Place Hotel, attached to a premiere upscale downtown casino. STL Fashion Week staked out their big theater for all the shows………..we could not have asked for a better place in St. Louis to “Launch” these talented designers.

After months of preparation, designing, fitting, sewing, and organizing it all came down to the day of the show. Since the fashion show was scheduled for 1pm, our call time was SUPER early, at 6am……….not easy since most of us were still sewing away at 2:30am the day of!!! But all the models arrived (50 plus) in all, and all the volunteers (about 40), then the production team (director, lighting, sound) and all the make-up and hair artists. What a huge production, and it was so much fun to see it all come together. Now we completely understand (and appreciate) how much work and dedication goes into a professional runway show like this…….and we could not have done it without all of our teams both from DIYStyle, the volunteers and St. Louis Fashion Week! When the models started walking down the runway the adreneline was pumping, the music was playing and all flowed just beautifully!

Here’s a bunch of the pics from backstage.

Backstage 1

Backstage 14

Backstage 28

We opened the show with a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. Each of the designers created these art to wear fashions, and DIYStyle did T-shirt surgery with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Tees. These definitely had an impact with the audience (with the models walking to Beyonce’s Halo song).

Poker Dress

Angel Dress

Noodles Dress

Telephone Cords Dress

Next up was the DIYStyle Collection, showing styles from the pattern line with McCall’s, our vodcasts.

Kristen Loungewear

Katie Fleece Jacket

Then the collections of each of the featured designers were ready to go. First was Conjetta by Connie Bourgeois. Beauty meets the Biker!

Conjetta 3

Conjetta 5

Next up was ML by Maggie Laskowitz. Cute, bouncy, yet elegant dresses.

ML 2

ML 10

Stiles by Courtney Stiles was next. Beautiful cocktail, evening wear and bridal.

Stiles 4

Stiles 10

Allyce King Designs by Allyce King closed our LAUNCH show, with Hamptons style resort and swimwear.

Victoria Swim

Draped Swimsuit

For more pics from the show, check out our Facebook page. There are pics of most all of the models, and even more behind the scenes takes. Thanks to all of the STL Fashion Week crew for all the neat photos! And, check out vodcast episode #66…it’s a quick look at the runway show! Now, we’re ready for next season………….what 4 designers will be “Launched” in the Spring show?!

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Project Runway 6::Behind the Sewing Machines::10.08.09

PR Sewing Room Entrance

Last week it was Blue, this week it was White. Wedding dresses that is. Wow, taking a divorced woman’s wedding dress and creating something new sounds like a good idea, but somehow cutting up a wedding dress with so many memories (much less hopes and dreams) attached to it feels just wrong. I think Carol Hannah said it best, “It’s like running into a church and screaming profanity!”. Even Gordana sucumbed to her feelings with this one and was quite tearful, taking a lot of this challenge to heart. But, in the end, I think that really paid off for her!

Althea’s wedding dress re fashion

What do you do with a white dress to make it something other than what it is? Dyeing seemed to be the top choice for most of the PR clan, but I definitely thought Shirin’s idea was the most clever. With only a small amount of fabric to work with in the wedding dress she was tasked with, as well as undyeable 100% poly, she did not have much choice but to come up with an alternate process to get her creation noticed. Rows and rows of contrast stitching added interest to the white fabric, as well as a trim design that flattered her model helped her stay in the running. I really thought this was the most unique idea out of the group.

Shirin sewing bodice

Several of the designs they came up with were pretty clever, and beared little resemblence to a wedding dress. Especially the lace dress that Irinia whipped up, dyed a really pretty elegant taupe color…………but a few of the designers had a real mess on their hands. Three guys just did not get this challenge………Logan, Christopher and Epperson had just horrible direction and results. Epperson did not even listen about incorporating the wedding dress into the design and had started in another direction and had to change halfway through! Do all guys just stop listening when the word “Wedding” comes up in conversation??!! Instead the word “Octoberfest” was tagged to two designs, from Heidi of course.

Epperson working on dress

Epperson’s finished dress

Logan’s Octoberfest mess

Gordana ended up with the win this time, and she did a really interesting design with strips of the fabric, dyed, and pieced into a very curve flattering strapless dress. Her divorcee model especially loved it, and it showed on the runway. Just goes to show putting your heart and feelings into a design can make such a difference. Way to go Gordana!

Gordana’s winning dress

Those Brother sewing machines just keep whipping this stuff out……….next week we’ll have more pics from in the sewing room. So what color will the challenge be next week? My guess is Black………little black dress anyone?

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Project Runway 6::Behind the Sewing Machines::9.24.09

PR Sewing Room Entrance

I think Heidi said it best at the judging of this challenge. “Snooze-Fest” is how she described Louise’s finished design for the Movie Genre challenge. Did anyone else find this challenge boring? Maybe it’s just me, but I really thought last week’s challenge with the newspaper’s was much more inspiring than this one! My understanding was that the designers were to “invent” a character in the movie genre they were assigned, and create a costume worthy of a movie setting using that direction. I really did not see that clearly with many of these designer’s, and the looks they pulled out were not new…..worthy more of a halloween costume rather than that of a movie set! OK, maybe I’m being harsh, but I had to watch this episode twice to see if I had just missed anything (I really fell asleep the first time!), and I was not any more impressed the second time around. Maybe next week will be more exciting.

Louise stitching up the “snooze-fest” costume

Louise’s dress/costume was fairly plain, considering it was supposed to be movie worthy. I don’t think she pulled this one out, and almost got eliminated because of the mediocre design.

Ra’mon creating the green lizard pieces

Ra’mon had lizard on the brain when he was creating the green unitard design that was embellished with these scale looking pieces.

Ra’mon completing the lizard lady costume

There were quite a few pieces to this costume, and really it was one of the few where I understood the character behind it. I did not think his finished costume was as bad as the judges made it out to be, and not reason enough for him to be eliminated. 

Ice Queen winning costume by Nicolas

Nicolas was right on with his winning Ice Queen costume and defined character. This one was truely stunning. You can certainly tell he has costuming background.

Thanks to our friends at Brother, we keep getting these cool sewing pics from the PR sewing room. Next time I will be sure to post one with the clock…..here’s a question that keeps nagging at me….do you think they are really sewing at the time it shows? Or is that a set-up? Hmmm. 

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Project Runway 6::Behind the Sewing Machines::9.17.09

Paper Snips

Curveballs are always thrown out to the designers on PR, and this was a pretty good one. Paper clothing has been designed for years, but this took things a step further to create “art”. Nevertheless, the designers all stepped up to the plate (well almost all of them!) to deliver some spectacular garments. Really…………..I can sew just about anything, but I have not ever been challenged with making something that could be ripped apart in an instant. Just one walk down the catwalk could have ended in disaster for any of these guys.

And, of course we had to go back to the “drama”, this time between Johnny and Nicholas (and I thought women were typically the backstabbers—hmmmmm). After Tim gave him bad reviews on his work in progress, he destroyed the evidence of his bad design, and then complained that the steamer (what steamer?) spat all over the dress and ruined it! Even Tim was baffled in the end as to how he got so off track to start telling lies! And it was Nicholas that felt compelled to rat him out….”drama”…this time between the guys…..hah!

Paper Circle Skirt

Oh well, with all of that, the other designers hunkered down and really pulled out some pretty cool stuff. The LA Times never looked so good. Gordana produced a pretty look, but was dubbed as “safe” by the judges. I thought it was pretty intricate for a paper dress mind you.

Gordana stitching paper bodice

Gordana’s paper bodice

Gordana’s paper fashion-runway pic

Shirin definitely packed a great punch here with her origami skirt design. I’m not even sure how that model kept the dress from falling off….did you notice how her hands did not come off her waist?! It was pretty unusual, especially compared to the others.

Shirin’s origami fashion skirt

Shirin’s paper fashion dress-runway pic

Surprisingly (at least to me) the winner for this challenge was Irina for her coat design with the poodle like collar. While I think this is fun, it certainly did not have some of the artistic feel and panache of some of the others. Oh well, I guess it’s all subjective.

Irina’s paper coat design-runway pic

Thank our little birdie for the pics………Brother came thru again………….thanks for the inside scoop!

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New York Fashion Week::Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller-NY Fashion Week, Look 1

The Nicole Miller show is definitely one of the main fashion shows I wanted to attend at NY Fashion Week. Between the rain and loads of people, the wait was definitely worth it after all (waiting is the tough part for the shows–you have to get there super early).

If anyone can design timeless fashion it is Nicole Miller. Truely wearable clothes for all ages. Nicole Miller is one of my favorite designers that I hope to meet personally some day soon. Here were some of our favorites from the show on Friday. Notice the biker styling on tops, along with the print in piecework fashion in the dresses. Prints were in the blue/black/grey family, most looking hand dyed. Lots of slimmer pants with detail at the hip. I could wear most all of this collection…………

 Nicole Miller–NY Fashion Week, Look 2 

Exposed zip, biker style. Black everywhere in this collection.

   Nicole Miller, NY Fashion Week, Look 3

Prints laid in almost piecework style. Flowing style with the print creating a slimming illusion.

Nicole Miller, NY Fashion Week–Look 4

Pretty shine with neat design lines to break it up. Lots of sheer too for tops. Love this smoky grey top with the silver blingy skirt.

Nicole Miller, NY Fashion Week–Look 5

The tucking and origami shape defines several pieces in this collection. For more pics and the video from the runway show check out Nicole Miller Spring 2010 Collection.

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