Sunday, April 25, 2010

Project Runway - Season 7 Finale

This was one of the best seasons on project runway. My heart was set on Emilio Sosa because his creations during the competition blew me away. Set Aaron's clothes were impressive and I knew that in the end, it was between Seth and Emilio.

When Tim visited Emilio to review his collection before the final show and I saw the colors that Emilio choose, my heart sank and Tim's comments was on target. I had the same feeling when Tim visited Seth and reviewed his collection; the difference was that Seth took Tim Gunn's advice and in the end it paid off.

When Heidi Klum said Seth was the winner, I was so upset to the point of tears and I swore that I will never ever watch project runway again. Of course I watch the reruns of the last show again and again. I understood Nina Garcia's answer to Emilio's question. If his clothes were so perfect, well made and beautiful and the judges love his clothes so much why he was not the winner?

Nina explained it in one simple word, he showed a line instead of a collection and he needed to show more of the beautiful gowns to seduce the judges. He accepted Nina's explanation and I accepted the explanation because in my heart I knew that was the reason for the lost.

I must say the Michael Kors is not my favorite character, he is vulgar and his comments are rude and insulting at times. Something I find totally unnecessary; however, he did make an important point, choosing the right fabric can make or brake a design, if you choose the wrong fabric for your design and you don't understand how its going to behave all is lost. Those were words of wisdom.

I will end this post with a quote from Anthony " You don't have to wear the crown to be the queen or in Emilio's case the king"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sewing With A Plan

After my last project I realized that the skirt and the red cardigan was a versatile ensemble and that it could be dress up or down. After checking my closet I found that 30% of my clothes are versatile. I need to increase it to at lease 90% percent.

Sewing with a plan is not a new concept for me; however I was not successful in my previous attempts. This time instead of planning every detail and I am allowing myself to be inspired. The inspiration could be from anything, including items I already own. If an item in my wardrobe does not inspire me then I am going to give it away to the Goodwill store and move on.

The plan is to sew items that coordinate with what’s in my wardrobe. I need clothes for work (dress code is casual, relaxed, appropriate and professional) and clothes that fit my lifestyle which is casual and relaxed.

The ultimate goal is to create a wardrobe with enough pieces that I can basically have something to wear at a moments notice.

My next inspiration is a cropped jacket. More later....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Black & White Skirt (Stash Busting)

This was my inspiration

This is my interpretation

The pattern was a discontinued skirt pattern from McCalls . The fabrics were from my stash. It is 100% cotton and the lining was a very soft silk like cotton batiste. the color is nude. I don't remember where I bought the batiste fabric. It's beautiful and soft.
A few years ago Susan Khalje had a sewing show on HGTV. One of the show focused on linings and using skin tone fabrics to bring out the true color of the fabric. Threads magazine did an article regarding linings and using neutral colors of beige, neude, pinks and salmon depending on your skin tone
The inspiration skirt had box pleats and my interpretation has pleats that were topstich starting at the waist down 3-inches.
I did not use the waistband that came with the pattern, I drafted my own. The waistband was 7 inches wide by 38-inches long. I interfaced the waistband with the lining fabric. I sewed the waistband on and then turn it down. The waistband is 1 1/2-inches wide and it has body to it without using stiff material to give the waistband weight. This was not planned, after I sewed the waistband, it was too wide so I turned it down and I love it. I hand stiched the waistband.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010