Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

Project Runway Recap

Season 16, Episode 6: Models Off Duty

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.01.15 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

“Is it fashion, or are you just making clothes?” ~Tim Gunn

photos courtesy of

This week the designers had to create a street wear look for their model to wear in the heart of NYC for a professional photo shoot. The models would then be able to post these photos on their social media accounts.

Each model chose the designer they wanted to work with, leaving Claire as the last designer to be picked. Samantha seemed the most excited about this challenge, and she was the first designer to be picked by Jazzmine.

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.01.36 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6From the get-go, it seemed like Margarita and Kentaro would be on the top. The way they collaborated with their models seemed effortless, and they both had great attitudes throughout.

Shawn showed some disdain for Samantha’s aesthetic, which just put a bad taste in my mouth. The twins aren’t doing any favors for themselves, and surely won’t be anyone’s fan favorite. Kenya said it best: “…as long as Claire keeps coming to the rescue of her sister, she’s not going to make it.” Claire finishes all of Shawn’s zippers and waistbands. God forbid Claire gets eliminated–how will Shawn finish the rest of her garments moving forward?

The designers had until 1am to sew on day 1, and it was quite humorous watching them all melt down into the wee hours of the morning. I’m not sure the extra time did anyone any good!

Thankfully Brandon had immunity. To quote Samantha, his model “looked like Rey from Star Wars the Force Awakens.” But, Heidi seems to love Brandon’s aesthetic, so he would probably have been safe anyway.

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.22 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

Claire’s model looked ridiculous. The peplum on the shorts added too much volume and she just looked messy.

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.31 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

Ayana’s model looked like she just woke up. No thanks, robe!

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.13 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

Amy’s look was really cool. It looked like NY street wear fashion and I think she did her model proud.

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.02 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

Margarita’s look was not liked by the judges. Heidi said it looked cheesy and Zac thought it was too “Miami.”

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.53 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6Kentaro’s look was super interesting and cool. The judges LOVED it.

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.36.40 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

In the end, Kentaro comes on top. I think the win was well deserved. The skinny jeans were actually more like leg warmers, with knit at the upper edge that secured them to the model’s legs! Very innovative!

Why is Claire safe? Her model looked the WORST of all. I’m convinced the twins are staying for the sheer drama they produce.

Unfortunately Samantha lost and ended up going home. I really had high hopes for her in this competition. It’s really sad to see someone go home after all that hard work and impeccable sewing. Tim should have used his save on her, for sure.

What do you think of her design?

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 9.56.27 AM Project Runway Recap: S16, E6

All images from Project Runway.




 Project Runway Recap: S16, E6
Posted in Fashion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Top Tunic Sewing Patterns

So it’s officially fall, friends! And around here, that means tunic season! We’ve rounded up our favorite tunic sewing patterns for your perusal. Are tunics a staple in your closet? Let us know what you love about tunics in the comment section!tunic sewing patterns Top Tunic Sewing Patterns

profile pic 150x150 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsAmanda’s Picks
I’m on an epic button-up shirt/tunic sewing quest this fall, friends. I’ve got several classic button-up collared shirts on my list, but I’ve got some non-traditional picks on the list too, for variety.

Screen Shot 2017 09 19 at 10.19.40 AM 231x300 Top Tunic Sewing Patterns I just sewed up my first Matcha Top by Sew Liberated…and there will be more! This one is swingy and quick to sew, and while the pattern is actually a bit on the cropped side, it can easily lengthened into a tunic. Pair it with slim-fit pants or skinny jeans to balance out the volume and this is an easy favorite!

Screen Shot 2017 09 19 at 10.20.25 AM 298x300 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsIf you’re looking for a tunic with some interesting vintage-inspired details, try the Eastside Tunic from Christine Haynes. Polished pintucks, Peter Pan collar, and a sweet tie: this design has so many things to love!

Screen Shot 2017 09 19 at 10.19.00 AM 211x300 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsI haven’t sewn this one yet, but the Cheyenne Tunic from Hey June Handmade has been on my list for forever – and it is much beloved! There are two versions but version A, with the v-neck and pop-over placket, looks like a great alternative when I’m sick of sewing collars.

Kates headshot 150x150 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsKate’s Picks
I like the Kaylee Tunic by Sew Serendipity a lot — I appreciate that it has a loose fit with waist shaping that allows it to be comfortable without being shapeless. I’m also a fan of the Gallery Tunic, which is comfortable, cute and relatively easy to sew. Both of these are on my to-sew list for fall.


Screen Shot 2017 09 11 at 1.00.53 PM Top Tunic Sewing Patterns

Last year we featured a book in our “Off the Shelf” column called The Tunic Bible. It’s basically a single pattern that you fit to yourself and then change up to make a whole range of garments. It has instructions for altering the length, sleeves, shape, neckline, collar — everything you need to make any style of tunic you can imagine. I have a copy in my office waiting for me to start working on the pattern, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ll need to add that to my sewing to-do list!

 Jill’s Picks

JILL HS CROPPED 150x150 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsI love tunics. They’re one of my favorite pieces to sew. I wear tunics all year long. In the hot months I wear them with kicky heels or flats. In the cooler months I pair them with rolled up jeans or leggings and the requisite fall shoe: the bootie. I sew them up in silk, cotton, knits, just about any type of fabric. They’re so versatile and can look art teacher funky to date-night chic. Here’s just a few of my latest favorites.

I love this BurdaStyle pattern. It takes the usual shape of a tunic design but adds  fun details. Burdastyle Tunic Dress 2 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsThis tunic, again from BurdaStyle is has a more traditional tunic look but is not short on style. Looks good at the poolside or just about anywhere. burdastyle tunic 1 Top Tunic Sewing PatternsSew Liberated as a tunic pattern that is traditional in style but with the right fabric will be a must in my closet this year. I especially love the higher armhole and closer fit in the bodice. This would be cute longer or shorter.

tunic 1 sew liberated Top Tunic Sewing Patterns

 Top Tunic Sewing Patterns
Posted in Events | Leave a comment

Kaylee Tunic Sew Along, week 2: Adding Lace Trim

Thanks for joining us for week two of the Kaylee Tunic Sew Along! Last week, we discussed fabric selection, and this week, we’re covering lace trims. There’s still time to join us – grab the pattern, grab your supplies and sew up the perfect fall tunic!

Screen Shot 2017 09 11 at 1.02.12 PM 1024x512 Kaylee Tunic Sew Along, week 2: Adding Lace Trim

Hey Everyone! It’s Kay Whitt again! Today is my second post for the Kaylee Tunic Sew Along, and I’ll be talking about working with lace fabrics and trims.

I have always had a love for lace. It is so feminine and can bring such a lovely texture to any project you are working on. One of my favorite things about it is the variety. One piece can be delicate while the next can be bold and chunky. Unless you are tatting, crocheting, or knitting your own lace (and if you are, good on you!), most of the time what we buy is machine made. This means that we can count on consistency of pattern, stability, and availability of yardage to complete a project.

Sometimes handmade vintage lace can be repurposed if you are lucky enough to find some. Keep your eye out at estate sales, garage sales, and thrift shops as you never know where lace might be lurking! You might even get lucky to find it at a bargain. If you do find vintage lace, it is a good idea to gently hand wash it with a product like Soak and let it air dry. This will help remove any stains and freshen it a bit before using it.

Lace can be made from a variety of fibers. Most old lace will be cotton. New lace may be cotton or some type of synthetic fiber such as nylon or other form of polyester. For this reason, it is always a good idea to test a scrap piece with your iron. It is advisable to start with a low heat setting and see what the fibers will tolerate. While cotton can withstand a hot iron, lace made with a synthetic fiber may melt. It may even be necessary to use a pressing cloth between the iron and lace to give it additional protection.

Lace is also found in a variety of widths. You may be working with a trim or actual yardage. If you find a wide trim that you would like to use but it isn’t wide enough to do what you want, consider laying it side by side with the edges beside one another and use a narrow zigzag stitch with your machine to piece the widths together. I found myself doing this very thing when working on the yoke for the white gauze variation for the Kaylee Tunic, as pictured below.

kayleelace1 773x1024 Kaylee Tunic Sew Along, week 2: Adding Lace Trim

Continue reading

 Kaylee Tunic Sew Along, week 2: Adding Lace Trim
Posted in Sew Along - Kaylee Tunic | Tagged | Leave a comment

Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Project Runway Recap

Season 16, Episode 5: Descending Into Good and Evil

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 12.59.31 PM 1024x379 Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

images courtesy of

The stars from Disney’s Descentants 2 were on hand at Lyndhurst Castle to present this week’s challenge: Make an eveningwear garment inspired either by “good” or “evil.” Michael, the winner from last week, got to choose who would be “good” and who would be “evil.” Everyone seemed happy with his choices.

IMO, the designers should have taken design cues from Dove Cameron (good) and China Anne McClain (evil). They looked the part!

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.06.57 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Some cute back and forth in the workroom during this episode between Brandon and Kentaro, who are now “brothers.”

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.00.24 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Not a whole lot of drama to report other than the TWINS. I’ve come to realize that Claire cannot make anything without her sister’s guidance. Shawn actually has a pretty cool design aesthetic, but having to constantly consult on her sister’s garments is going to catch up with her.

Margarita is becoming my favorite. Her gown was exquisite, and she had some real trouble wrapping her head around it. I think she slayed the competition, and made her model look beautiful. Yet, the judges didn’t see anything particularly special.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.02.21 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Batani also made a cool black gown, with appliqued burnout velvet pieces cascading across the front and one shoulder. It was expertly done, yet she was merely “safe.”

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.01.53 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Kenya was on top this week, which was sweet redemption from being on the bottom last week. Her crepe fabric was really cool. I didn’t care for all the ruffles and big sleeves, but the judges went crazy for it. Thankfully Tim suggested she leave it backless, as I think that really made it special.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.02.15 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Michael was also on top, but I thought his look was bordering on costume. The feathers were neat, but almost too much. His model did look fierce…I’ll give him that.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.02.33 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

I happened to love Kentaro’s look. He was also “safe.” What’s up with that? This look is a stunner! The drapey side with the expertly tailored bodice was just lovely. And it really said “good” to me without being Disney-princess like.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.02.08 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Brandon took home the win, for his strange overall-meets-crop top number. Can someone please explain this to me? Heidi thought it was so innovative. The striped fabric was just horrible. I don’t understand the “good” in this outfit, either. And can I just say SIDE BOOB???

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.00.55 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5 Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.02.00 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

Aaron leaves us this week, and I have to say he deserved it. Whether you take time to make a muslin or not, he was ill-prepared and didn’t finish a single seam. The model was embarrassed.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.01.38 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

I’m surprised he just didn’t give up, so I have to give him a little credit for trying to pull it off. All the same, we’ll say “buh-bye” to Aaron and wish him well.

Screen Shot 2017 09 15 at 1.01.07 PM Project Runway Recap, S16, E5

 Project Runway Recap, S16, E5
Posted in Fashion | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sewing Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week:

We have our tip of the week! Will this tip make your sewing life easier? If you have any sewing tips or ideas let us know!

2 1 Tip of the Week1 Sewing Tip of the Week


NeedleBox 1024x719 Sewing Tip of the Week

Email your tips to and your tip could be featured in a future issue of Sew News!

 Sewing Tip of the Week
Posted in Tips & Techniques | Tagged | 1 Comment

Throwback Thursday 9/14/17 – Sew News Halloweeen Projects From The Past!

This Thursday we’re throwing back to our Halloween Special Issue from 2000. It’s a real blast from the past, isn’t it?

Halloween SIP cover 791x1024 Throwback Thursday 9/14/17   Sew News Halloweeen Projects From The Past!Bonus! Last year we made this issue into a pdf, patterns and all. Some of the costumes are still pretty cute, and many others are a lot of fun just because of how dated they are (a few of them are of pieces of technology that were cutting-edge in 2000!). You can find it at here.

 Throwback Thursday 9/14/17   Sew News Halloweeen Projects From The Past!
Posted in Costumes | Leave a comment

Sew News October/November 2017 Issue

The October/November issue of Sew News is always one of my favorites. I’m not sure if it’s because, by mid-September, I’m ready to hunker down for the cooler months…and sew more, of course! Or if I just like fall fabrics – all the rich textures and colors. Either way,  this issue does not disappoint! Here are some of my favorites from the issue!

SN1711 Cover 500px Sew News October/November 2017 Issue

  • SN11017 3 221x300 Sew News October/November 2017 IssueGo behind the life, times and signature look of John Denver via his sewists, Anna Zapp.
  • Learn everything you need to know about sweater knits + get an awesome modern cardigan pattern to test out your new skills, free for a limited time!
  • Try a leggings mash-up with mesh and faux leather.
  • Join us for two great sew alongs – the Kaylee Tunic by Serendipity Studio and  the Nora Doctor Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns, two amazing fall basics!
  • Master your shirt plackets with this issue’s masterclass – because I’m planning all the button-up shirts this fall!
  • Learn how sewing can be beneficial to your mental health.

PLUS…..PANTS! In the issue, the Sew News editorial team reviews 5 popular pants patterns. Then join us in October for Pants Month for more reviews, pants-fitting topics, tips for picking the perfect pants for your body and more.

pants promo  826x1024 Sew News October/November 2017 IssueEnjoy the issue! And happy sewing!

 Sew News October/November 2017 Issue
Posted in Events, National Sewing Month | 2 Comments