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Carolina, PR

craft interests: crochet, fashion, knitting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 05/05/2011

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Re: Project Runway Season 11, Episode 12: "Europe, Here We Come"

Well, I have been watching this season of PR just because there is a little bit more design work than in other seasons, but I agree with previous comments about this show going down since it is in Lifetime. Actually I hadn't watch it since 2 or 3 seasons ago, just lost interest on it.

Being myself a fashion designer, I have to say that I really prefer Fashion Star because, although it is focused on retail and massive production and I'm more in the custom thing, it shows real works, real designs and real world, not just a soap opera disguised as a fashion design show.

That said, I think Stanley or Michelle could be the winners of this season of PR; Daniel is a darling, but I don't think of him as a PR winner. And Patricia, as everybody has noticed, is an excellent textile artist, not a fashion designer.

Ah, and by the way, I've been several times in Spain, including Barcelona, and have bought fabrics there, and they do have people who help you and cut your fabric. Maybe Layana had to cut the fabrics by herself because her nearly unbearable attitude in the store...

Re: Using Buttons as Embellishment

Thank you, Kenneth, for giving me my first birthday present this year! And what a wonderful gift!

I've loved to design and sew since I was a little kid. I was always inventing and improvising with fabric, and my godmother taught me the basics about sewing and cutting from patterns. When it came the time to decide a career I couldn't choose fashion design (decided to go to computer sciences) but that didn't prevent me from still doing my own experiments, and I was known at college for having my own style. Even when I was getting married I set out myself on the adventure of making my wedding dress, because nobody understanded what I wanted (it was something absolutely different from the trend at the time).

All that time I was doing things just with basic knowledge, some natural and learned skills, a small sewing machine and a lot of audacity. Nothing else, not even a dress form or a whole body mirror, or a sewing buddy, just me and lots of mistakes.

Then, after few years after graduating from university and marrying, the company I worked for was closed and I suddenly found myself jobless. And I decided to take the money from indemnization to pursue my dream to become a fashion designer, so I enrolled in a design college, and eventually obtained my degree. By that time, my husband was transferred to another place, so I went after him and had to begin from zero.

I have been lucky enough to have a small, but loyal, list of clients, and I still have that creativity that come to me when I have some fabric and a pair of scissors in my hands. But someway, in the middle of the story, I stopped doing things to myself, my very first client. I don't know exactly why, but have to admit that there is some self criticism and maybe I've become too rigid with myself.

And this is your gift. In your answer to Couture Academic you reminded me why I became a fashion designer in the first place. You made me to recognize that I have lost that freshness, that impulsivity, and all those things that made me the way I am now and still can be found in my work... for others. So, thank you for being loyal to yourself and share that philosophy with us, your readers.

This weekend I'll be myself again and will make my next invent, for wearing it on the Christmas party of the company my husband works for. Your aesthetic is not like my style, but I love your techniques, so probably I'll be browsing thru your articles and your book, and then steal an idea, or two.

Thanks again, and keep going!!