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Project Runway Season 13: Episode 5, "The Klum of Doom"

Heidi needs a red carpet look for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Project Runway Season 13: Episode 4, "A Suitable Twist"

Outdated men's suits are transformed into high-fashion designs.

Project Runway Season 13: Episode 3, "Welcome to the Future"

The designers create looks to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marie Claire magazine.

"Costumes of Downton Abbey" at the Winterthur Museum

A fascinating exhibition you won't want to miss, based on the popular PBS series!

Project Runway Season 13: Episode 2, "Unconventional Movie Nite!"

Designers work in teams to create mini collections.

Sewing References in Music

A list of songs that incorporate our favorite hobby!

Ignite your Handbag Creativity

Try these fun products to inspire your purse designs.

My First Sewing Convention

An editor’s experience at Sew Expo.

Under the Gunn, Episode 13: "Finale"

Find out who won the first season!

Under the Gunn, Episode 12: "Superhero Fashion"

See which designers made it to the finale.

Under the Gunn, Episode 11: "The Benefit of Fashion"

The remaining five designers sew outfits for real women.

Under the Gunn, Episode 10: "Crossing Teams"

See how Asha and Natalia fared in their first team challenge.

Under the Gunn, Episode 9: "Trouble in the Lounge"

Anya and Mondo confront the judges about their decision.

Under the Gunn, Episode 8: "It's an Unconventional Beach Party"

A frustrated designer ends up as the season's first double-winner.

Under the Gunn, Episode 7: "Steampunk Chic"

Anya questions whether or not Nicholas created the designs in his portfolio.

Under the Gunn, Episode 6: "Pompeii Team Challenge"

See how Nick's team fared in their first team challenge.

Under the Gunn, Episode 5: "Hit the Stage"

A frustrated designer sends an unfinished garment down the runway.

Under the Gunn, Episode 4: "Unconventional Vampire"

A mentor's decision results in a surprising elimination.

Under the Gunn, Episode 3: "Red Carpet Showdown"

See who wowed the judges in this week's red carpet challenge.

Under the Gunn, Episode 2: "The Mentor Face Off"

The teams are chosen as the last seven designers show their work.

Under the Gunn, Episode 1: "Who is Under the Gunn?"

Eight designers compete for a spot on one of three mentors' teams.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 10: "Are U.N. Or Are You Out?"

Find out which talented designer won the season finale.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: "Fashion Cents"

The final four designers create looks for the Milly collection.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 8: "#Nina's Trending"

Ring in the new year with projected trends for 2014.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 7: "As Sewn on TV"

QVC host meets red carpet glamour.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 6: "Marge Madness"

All-Stars design anniversary dresses for a renowned cartoon character.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 5: "Partners in Crime"

1930s-inspired garments, based on the new series: Bonnie & Clyde.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 4: "Keepin' it Classy"

An unconventional challenge transports designers back to school.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 3: "Sip Into Something Sexier"

Cocktail dresses inspired by cocktails.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 2: "Bitten by the Fashion Bug"

Designers create avant garde looks, inspired by bugs.

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 1: "You Got Punked"

Designers create a punk rock look for legend Debbie Harry.

The Winner of "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" is...

Congratulations to Harikleia for winning our latest book giveaway!

See How Designers Recycle at the FIT Museum Exhibit: RetroSpective

Discover how the design process is informed by past fashions.

The Winner of Threads Selects: "Easy-to-Sew Flowers" is...

Congratulations to user-2868855 for winning our latest giveaway!

Sew Social Project to Benefit Quilts for Kids Foundation

Get involved in this creative charity project today!

Threads Selects Giveaway: "Easy-to-Sew Flowers"

Enter for a chance to win a free copy of the Threads selects flowers edition.

The Winner of Threads Selects: "Prairie Girl Sewing" is...

Congratulations to Marty_Marie for winning our latest giveaway!

The Winner of Threads Selects: "Easy-to-Sew Pet Projects" is...

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Threads Selects Giveaway: "Prairie Girl Sewing"

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Threads Selects Giveaway: "Easy-to-Sew Pet Projects"

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The Winner of Threads Selects: "Easy-to-Sew Skirts" is...

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The Winner of Threads Selects: "Easy-to-Sew Handbags" is...

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Threads Selects Giveaway: "Easy-to-Sew Skirts"

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Threads Selects Giveaway: "Easy-to-Sew Handbags"

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The Winner of "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" is...

Congratulations to Metzy for winning our latest book giveaway!

Power Suits are Back!

An iconic 1980s ensemble returns to runways and red carpets

The Winner of "Garment Construction" is...

Congratulations to Qnypplan for winning "Garment Construction" in our latest book giveaway!

Customize Shoulder Pads with Lining Fabric Covers

Learn a fast way to cover shoulder pads with lining fabric

Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

You could win "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" by Gretchen Hirsch.

Vintage Sewing Supplies Sources from Gretchen Hirsch

Find out where Gretchen shops for patterns, fabric, and notions.

"Garment Construction" Book Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a copy of "Garment Construction!"

The Winner of the Dritz Pressing Mitt is...

Congratulations to WillaMcNeill for winning the Dritz Pressing Mitt notions giveaway!

Notions Giveaway: Dritz Pressing Mitt

Win a free Dritz Pressing Mitt!

The Winner of The Vintage Pattern Selector is...

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Enter to win our latest book giveaway: "The Vintage Pattern Selector" by Jo Barnfield!

The Winner of SewStylish Spring 2013 and the ensemble pattern is...

Congratulations to user-2649096 for winning the Spring 2013 issue of SewStylish and the ensemble pattern!

Magazine and Ensemble Pattern Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2013

You could win a copy of the Spring 2013 issue of SewStylish and the ensemble pattern!

Behind the Scenes at Paris Fashion Week

A look at Dana's experience working backstage at Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture Fashion show during Paris Fashion Week!

Trending at the 2013 Golden Globes

Trends of the red carpet season began with color, beads, sequins, and plunging necklines at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.


recent comments

Re: Project Runway Season 13: Episode 3, "Welcome to the Future"

For those of you without cable, you can actually watch the episodes on the Lifetime website for free, usually a day after the show premieres. Here's the link for last week's episode: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/video
Also, if you'd like to see what Angela's portfolio looked like, it's available here: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-13/designer-portfolios
Enjoy!

Re: Video: Meet Silamide Thread

In response to jayejoyce's questions:
Nylon’s melting point varies depending on how the fiber was made, meaning certain types can withstand more heat than others. After experimenting with waxed silamide, I found that even when I applied my iron (on its highest setting) directly to the thread for a number of seconds, it stayed intact. The one side effect I did notice is that when the thread is exposed to especially high temperatures, it weakens and becomes easier to rip apart. I would, therefore, suggest keeping your iron at a low or moderate heat setting when pressing silamide to preserve its strength.
As for the wax, I didn’t have any problems with it transferring to fabric or the iron when pressing. However, I would listen to DunnWithFlair's advice and test it out on a test piece of fabric first just in case.

Re: Project Runway Season 11: Episode 7, "A Sticky Situation"

Hey Sarah!
I actually really enjoyed this episode, and was impressed with what all of the designers came up with. I personally thought the judges were too harsh on Katelyn and Tu, however. While their dress wasn’t necessarily innovative, they did put a lot of effort into it, and I think it’s quite remarkable that they could achieve such a well-fitted, curvaceous silhouette, using just duct tape.
I also agree with your high school student comment. They definitely should’ve had more of a say in the outcome of the competition. In fact, that aspect of the show seems almost pointless since their chosen design didn't win anything. On the other hand, I thought it was interesting that the designers were so afraid of what the high school students would think about their dresses when the point of being a designer is to create a look for a client. I guess maybe it would’ve helped to meet some of the students first.

Re: Behind the Scenes at Paris Fashion Week

To answer some of your questions, most of the dresses I worked with were made out of mesh material (as you can see in many of the detailed images on his website such as this one: http://www.eliesaab.com/#/en/haute-couture/fw-2012-2013/23/2). As far as the appliqué and beading techniques go, I really didn’t get to see any of the construction process. However, the night before the show, a few of us offered to help sew additional embellishments onto the dresses, and all we were given were cut-out floral shapes, a needle and thread. This leads me to believe that at least some, if not all, of the embellishing is done by hand (which is incredible considering how long it took to sew on just a few flowers). Finally, the dresses were secured with invisible zippers, hooks and eyes—nothing out of the ordinary.