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Re: Project Runway Season 12, Episode 5: "YOU Choose Your Materials!"

I'm in complete agreement with everything (above). Have to say though, Sue's leathers are amazing and I would absolutely wear one of her stylish jackets. But she's no Anya who always finished her garments and was [at least] able to do a little sewing.
I would have been delighted to see Ken go home. I don't recall evidence of any great talent in his interview collection or in ANY of the challenges. I guess they thought that his homelessness, bad attitude and 3x trying out for the show would be of interest to the viewers. Not.

Re: Project Runway Season 12, Episode 4: "Tie the Knot"

Could have done w/o the Sandro meltdown/exit and the infomercial for same-sex marriage. I tune in for the fashion and the creative expression that these designers bring, and this episode had some of the best designs ever for an "unconventional material" challenge. Brandon's design was stellar. Great color, cute outfit and great use of fabric and texture. Don't know how he managed to execute that much hand-stitching on the top in such a short amount of time. Very impressive. Kate, Dom and Alexandria were second, third and fourth place in my book. Even liked Sue's design, in spite of the judges negative comments (I wonder what happened to the other dress she made?). Sue's aesthetic is really growing on me....!
Miranda, Helen, Karen and Ken are in trouble. The rest haven't done enough to distinguish themselves from the pack. Helen and Miranda seem to have too many emotional and temperament issues that undermine their ability to execute in a competition like PR. I had to look at the season opener again just to see what they were capable of on their own. I am truly wondering how they ever made it on to the show.

Re: Fabric Giveaway: Celebrating Grand Central Terminal's 100th year

oooooohhh!!! My home town!! Would love to win!! A majestic location, right in the heart of the city. Would LOVE to win this.

Re: Project Runway Season 11, Episode 8: "Take It All Off!"

I would NOT have predicted that the designers would have produced so many AWFUL designs in this challenge! The clothes were 100x more poorly conceived and ill-fitting than the ones made for the mature women 2 weeks ago, and that's an understatement. It was as if they'd decided to just wing it and dismiss the tapemeasurements. I agree with hazelpi (above). Nina's response was priceless. I too howled through most of the episode, especially the runway show and the judging segments. Props to Amanda for clearing the air with Richard in the waiting room, and also for owning up to the poorly made pants pattern. He was M.I.A. after the women rejected his glitzy designs, and he offered little construction help. (thanks for your helpfullness, Stanley!) The shirts he made were equally as bad as her pants. Still, after sending 2 contestants home last week, I thought possibly there was room to spare someone last night. No winner AND no loser(s) seemed fair to me.

Re: Project Runway Episode 6: "Fix My Friend!"

I LOVED Fabio's dress. He got the proportions right, and the whole artsy/professional vibe of his client. He managed to make her feel powerful as a woman (she didn't want to wear dresses because they made her feel "weak"!!!). Mostly, it was one of the few outfits where the model's proportions were truly taken into consideration. Most (but not all) of the other dresses were entirely too short (I know, its the current fashion) for the clients. It would have been so much more transformative to see Nathan, Dmitry, Sonji, Alicia and Melissa put their models in slightly longer lengths that would have flattered their legs and hips.

Vin's poor behavior (and outfit) aside, did anyone else recognize his model's friend as a bride from that TLC show "Randy to The Rescue"? She wanted a "Steam-Punk" themed wedding and he fashioned an incredible facinator and bouquet to go with the beautiful lace dress she selected.

...and "props" to Gunnar. Didn't think he had it in him.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

Would love to own these. I've been stymied on how to apply some of the techniques I've seen on ready-to wear. Always nice to get sage advice from an expert. Saves me time and frustration, not to mention my beautiful (and often expensive) fabrics. Thanks for offering these and good luck to all the entrants!

Re: Enter for Your Chance to Win a SUEDEsays Pattern!

Spiffy!!! I really like the dress. Been looking for a sundress pattern that has enough fullness at the neckline to accommodate the bustline and has wide straps. Looks chic without looking matronly. LOVE the tunic! Was just going through my stash and I have a great chevron print that would work for both of them!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

OMG!!!! I"m a McQueen fan! The Exhibit at the Met was stunning. I want this book. I must have stared at the red tartan creation "Widows of Culloden" for an eternity.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "A Night at the Opera"

I'm really enjoying this PR. I'm late to the show (watched only the last 3 seasons) and its good to see some of the great talent I've missed. Austin's dress was beautiful, as was Michael's & Mondo's. I don't think any of the ladies will be making it to the finals. I guess I'll have to look into the video archives to see what they're capable of.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

Can I say that I'd love to have this book?! what a simple fresh approach to sewing. I learned at my mother's knee, altering and adjusting as we went. Draping and fit issues were figured out by "eye", and there were more than a few miss-steps along the way. The styles of the times were so baggy and forgiving that it didn't seam to matter. Now I want impeccable fit, and I'm willing to build my garments correctly, from the ground up. My hairdresser offered to barter some of her services for sewing lessons and I don't intend to pass any of my [past] bad habits on to her! LOL!

Re: Project Runway 9: "Finale - Part 2"

Anya has a post-PR interview on Racked: http://racked.com/tags/project-runway

Seems she had a lot more sewing expertise than the edited show lead one to believe. Interestingly, she did her first collection in 2009 and has been sewing for 3.5 years!! She also reveals how they shot the Fashion Week runway show when it happened weeks before the finale (9 designers presented collections with the 4 expected finalist going first).

Smoke and mirrors all-around.

Re: Project Runway 9: "Finale - Part 1"

I agree with you. Victor was the most prepared, his clothing was beautifully sewn, and he was the only one who created his own original fabrics. The printed pants were fabulous. Loved the short dress (better w/o the zipped leather overskirt), and the pearl-beaded jacket. My consistent issue with him is that he doesn't create any NEW silhouettes, only new twists on classics.

Anya's eye for prints and fresh silhouettes has keep her in the game longer than her competitors thought possible. However, if you check out her audience-voted popularity on the LP site, you'll understand why the producers want to keep her around. She and Anthony Ryan are VERY popular. If you caught the after-show, she confessed that there was a scandal involving a sex-tape - posted to the internet after she won Miss Trinidad. Oh, Brother! I'll bet she wishes now she'd spent that time in sewing class. Somehow, I'm sure she'll do very well after the show's over. There are tons of expert (Carnival) seamstresses in Trinidad who would be more than happy to sew her line.

I thought Josh's and Kim's clothing (that crazy-looking pink skirt!!!) were gimmicky and unwearable. Maybe there's a market for their stuff. Just no one I know.

Re: Project Runway 9: "Finale Challenge"

Well, I'm speechless. Will be looking for re-runs of the old PR shows just to get a taste of what could have been this season. Josh's clothes were laughable. Anya's, interesting and sculptural but poorly made. I felt like I'd seen Kim's and Victor's clothing in the stores before, except of course, for that dreadful orange coat. Laura got a bum deal. Her clothing wasn't nearly as bad as Josh's, but she was missing a strong distinctive viewpoint ("It"-Factor) that was purely her own. I feel I owe Bert an apology. I take back what I said. He deserves to be showing at Fashion Week.

Re: Project Runway 9: "What Women Want"

I'm still cringing about Bert's dress. Even Heidi could not convince that woman that she needed a longer hemline.

For all of Bert's incredible talent (he sews and designs beautifully) he's not establishing himself as one to be respected as an authority on what is flattering to a woman in 2011. He let his client walk that runway with a very unflattering fit and dress length.

Re: Project Runway 9: "This is For the Birds"

Can't agree more. And yes, I did see the after-show threat from Josh to Laura Bennett. Very unpleasant. That was nice of Anya to offer a little soothing rub to try to get him to reel it in, but there's no stopping his vitriol. Even Victor couldn't sympathize. I always say that "hurting people hurt people" and Josh must be one angry/hurt person. No one has escaped his wrath, not even the judges.

I'm pretty new to PR, this is my 3rd season and I've decided to just watch the challenge, the fabric shopping, and then come back for the runway and voting. Can't deal with silly bickering in-between.

BTW- I liked Laura Bennett's comments about Bert's beautiful concept drawings, and the resulting garments. He helped viewers understand how little time there is to execute those designs and why he had to edit much of the details out of his final garments.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

oooohhh! Just what I need for my sewing library. I have EVERY issue of THREADS and this would certainly round it out. Hy hairdresser is new to sewing and really appreciates my "lending library". We're already planning to barter for sewing lessons/haircuts! A very nice tradeoff!

Re: Project Runway 9: "The Art of the Matter"

Agreed! (all above)

So far, the only candidate making wearable clothing are Kim and Anya. (I wish Anya had been more forthcoming about the help she received on the jumpsuit she designed for Nina). Still, it was chic and she recovered nicely by dying the mustard fabric and accessorizing it with that belt. I liked this week's feather-trimmed dress too.

Bert (minus those ridiculous pants and the crabby attitude) designs and sews beautifully, however, his aesthetic is very dated. I thought there was hope for him on when I saw that wonderful dress he made from his shorts, but the hair/ makeup styling was pure 80's.

Anthony Ryan should have won for the bird-seed dress over Oliver's creation with the dog bedding (another "rule-breaker"). But if Anthony makes another funnel-neck dress I'm going to scream. This week's win for him was a fluke considering that everything seemed to be [poorly] glued on to a badly-sewn chiffon shift WITH NO HEM!!!! AArrgh!!

Josh M's 0range/brown Halloween pinata and Oliver's ghost carwash dress should have earned both a ticket home, in Bert's car.

I miss Mondo!