Project Runway Recap: Episode 13 Finale, Part 1

In this week’s episode, we learn who will move forward to NY Fashion Week. Seem like a repeat of last week?…sort of.

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The designers went home for 5 weeks to work on 10-piece collections, and Tim Gunn did the obligatory home visits. Once they all got back to NY, each designer had to choose two looks to put down the runway so the judges could decipher the final four.

I always enjoy the home visit show, when Tim visits the designer’s family and sees where they grew up or where they live now. It was particularly interesting to see him in Puerto Rico with Margarita, 4 weeks before the hurricane hit. The town was so vibrant and beautiful–I shutter to think what it looks like now.

That being said, this home visit show was underwhelming. Tim had to visit five locations, rather than the usual three, so we didn’t get so see or learn very much of anything. It appeared as though Kenya’s collection was all in pinks, blush and black colors, with her usual peplums and a few unexpected embellishments, such as pearls, thrown in. Brandon had his totally expected silhouettes in the strangest print I’ve ever imagined–pink flamingos. Margarita went bold with lots of color in a print she designed using inspiration she took from her parent’s old 1980s couch. Kentaro had a really strange story about a dead cat inspiring his look, a special song he composed about it, and then a collection that was anything but cohesive. It seemed like he took a crazy pill before Tim arrived.

Off to the runway!

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The two looks Kenya presented were kinda boring, I have to admit. Once Heidi suggested that she remove the duster and robe from each look, they looked much more polished and cohesive. But, the fit issues with the black dress just made it look sloppy (I did love the pockets though!).

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Here we have Brandon, doing what he does best–oversized, “hip hop”-esque clothing with hanging ties and impractical, unnecessary embellishment.

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Seriously…that print just is so strange! He used the right and wrong sides throughout the collection to mute the print in areas and emphasize it in others. It’s a home-dec weight he used for garments! WHA? How is this figure flattering at all? Who would wear this?

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Here are Kentaro’s dead-cat inspired looks.

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When he was on the runway, he told the judges that his inspiration was river rocks, flowing streams, nature, etc. This is NOT what he told Tim, who looked dumbfounded when the cat story was explained.

The blush look on the left was the judges favorite of his, while they all absolutely hated the white/black look. I have to agree. It’s like Sporty Spice going to a themed Homecoming dance.

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Margarita presented two totally cool, fresh looks. I love her print, I loved the story, I loved how her fabric flowed on the runway. And those pants–FABULOUS.

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I”m glad Tim gave her the save because we would have never been able to see these looks. I think her collection will turn a lot of heads and be totally different from everyone else’s.

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My favorite look of the night was Ayana’s jacket, pants and top:

Screen Shot 2017 11 10 at 11.30.31 AM Project Runway Recap: Episode 13 Finale, Part 1She mixed these edgy details with luxe fabrics and made this casual look seem expensive and posh. This was unlike anything she had presented in previous challenges and made me want to see her entire collection. I am totally team Ayana now and I hope she takes the win (with Margarita in a close second).

Screen Shot 2017 11 10 at 11.29.42 AM Project Runway Recap: Episode 13 Finale, Part 1Her other look was not my favorite. Heidi liked the the trim on the neckline, hem and sleeves, while I hated it. I just couldn’t help but think how itchy it must be.

At the end of the day, Kenya goes home for her lack of styling ability (according to Nina), but everyone has a teary farewell because they like her as a person so much. She truly is such a sweetheart.

Screen Shot 2017 11 10 at 11.30.20 AM Project Runway Recap: Episode 13 Finale, Part 1I can’t imagine the heartbreak of creating an entire collection for 5 weeks only to be told you aren’t going to show it. (But you and I know she WILL get to show it, she just won’t be eligible for the win.) I think she has great potential to create cool clothing that is wearable and fits a lot of figures. We will see more of her, for sure.

Photos courtesy of mylifetime.com

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Top Cardigan Pattern – Sew News Staff Picks

The Luxe Layer pattern from Oct/Nov Sew News has got us all in the mood for cardigans! From structured sweater knit cardis to lightweight cardigans for layering, cardigans are the perfect transition piece. They’re great in cooler weather, obviously, but they’re also perfect for extending wear for your favorite summer tanks and dresses. Below, you’ll find our favorite cardigan patterns. (And hint, hint, you can grab the Luxe Layer pattern for free until the end of the month!)

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Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio
I’ve made four Driftless Cardigans….and I want to make more. Think oversized (with a drop shoulder), boxy and super cozy. I love the pockets on this design (though I’ve been known to skip them to save on fabric – an easy hack!). I love the option to button it – I’ve made two version with metallic snaps, for an edgier option.

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Blackwood Cardigan By Helen’s Closet
For a bit more fitted look, I’m keen to try to the Blackwood Cardigan. I love the fitted sleeves, the two different lengths – one mid-thigh and one more cropped – and, of course, the pockets. Such a great basic, plus there’s a hack for a deep split hem that is chic and dramatic.

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Laurelhurst by Straight Stitch Designs
I have a storebought cardigan like this that gets a ton of wear, and I seriously need to remake it.  This design is a perfect blend of both worlds – feminine drapey goodness but with a cropped length that’s a good fit for my lifestyle. And it’s a style that looks good on every body – perfect for everyday but the possibilities in a metallic knit?!?!

Kate’s Picks
I have to confess, I’ve never really thought about sewing a cardigan. If I were going to make a cardigan, I’m more likely to crochet it (and honestly I’m not all that likely to do that, either!).

Looking at cardigan options, the ones I’m most drawn to are the drapey types that are likely to be sewn in jersey or something with a similar drape, like BurdaStyle 01/2013 #129or 05/2016 #131.

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For a more versatile, timeless piece, I’d choose a sweater knit and a pattern like McCall 6802. It would be a great first project for sweater knit fabric, as it has dolman sleeves, eliminating the need to set in sleeves. Sewn up in a neutral color, it would make a great transition piece for the autumn or spring.

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Jill’s Picks
Not sure if I’m going to sew any this fall but the Drop Pocket Cardigan from Jalie looks nice.

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The Heidi Hooded Cardi from Style Arc looks really fun.

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The Esme Maxi Cardi from Named is probably the one I’d most like to do.

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Have any favorite cardigan patterns that aren’t on this list? What else is on your must-sew list for fall and winter?

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Office Posh collared blazer pattern hack

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If you love the Office Posh jacket hack in the Oct/Nov issue of Sew News, you are not alone! Created by long-time Sew News contributor Ana Jankovic, this jacket is an absolute stunner! The base pattern calls for an open jacket or blazer with a princess seam terminating at the shoulder. In addition to the one listed in the magazine, here are a few other base pattern options:

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Vogue 7975

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Vogue 9095

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Vogue 9068

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BurdaStyle Blazer #116 04/2015

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Sewing Wool for Winter

As the weather get chillier and we move into winter proper, my thoughts turn to sewing something to keep me warm… and that means sewing with wool. Wool is naturally insulating and, like most natural fibers, is easy to sew; the biggest issue most sewists have is dealing with bulk on thicker wools meant for coats and jackets. But there are several easy ways to seam wool coatings to avoid too much bulkiness — learn more about that in the February/March 2018 issue of Sew News, on newsstands Jan. 23. Here’s a sneak peek!

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Easy Sewing Project For Thanksgiving: Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving in a traditional or modern way, with the good china or fiesta ware, you’re likely setting a table for the feast. And even if the feast isn’t in your own home, making place cards that look like mini pilgrim hats to gift to the guests is sure to bring even more joy to the day.

thai restaurants 682x1024 Easy Sewing Project For Thanksgiving: Pilgrim Hat Place CardsThis project is easy enough to do with kids, and uses minimal fabric and materials. The hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry!

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by Gena Bloemendaal

MATERIALS

Makes one pilgrim hat.

  • Two 8”x10” rectangles of black fabric
  • 8”x10” rectangle of paper-backed fusible web
  • 2⁄3 yard of 3⁄8”-wide black ribbon
  • 1 buckle
  • Card stock or plain 31⁄2”x5” card
  • Fabric glue
  • Black all-purpose thread

INSTRUCTIONS

Adhere the fusible web to the wrong side of one rectangle, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the paper backing. Place the second rectangle wrong side over the exposed webbing; fuse.

Use the Hats off Pattern to cut one hat body and two hat brims from the fused fabric.

Thread the machine with black all-purpose thread and set it for a 2 mm-wide satin stitch. Satin stitch the inner circle of each hat brim.

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Cut the slits along the hat body upper edge where indicated on the pattern. Satin stitch the hat body upper edge, stitching down each side of the slits. For extra security, stitch a bar tack at each slit point. To stitch the bar tack, stop stitching at the slit  point.Widen the satin-stitch width. Take a few stitches over the slit point. Return to the narrow satin-stitch setting. Continue stitching the opposite slit side.

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Right sides facing, align the hat body ends and stitch using a 1/4”  seam. Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching. Turn the hat body right side out so the seam is on the inside.

Cut 1⁄2”-long slits ó”  apart along the hat body unfinished edge. Fold the resulting tabs outward; finger-press.

Slide one hat brim over the hat body up to the slits. Glue the tabs to the hat brim underside; let dry.

Once the tabs are dry, apply a light bead of glue to the second hat brim. Align the second hat brim under the first brim, encasing the tabs; let dry.

To finish the hat, satin stitch along the outer circumference of the hat brim.

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Cut a 7” length of 3⁄8”-wide ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the buckle. Wrap the ribbon and buckle around the lower end of the hat body. Hand tack or glue one ribbon end at the seam. Fold under the opposite ribbon end so it slightly overlaps the first ribbon end. Hand tack or glue in place.

Add a place card to the hat and put it with a place setting at your Thanksgiving table.

Repeat the instructions to make an additional hat for each guest at your Thanksgiving feast.

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Project Runway Recap: Episode 12 Snow Business Like Sew Business

Project Runway, Season 16, Episode 12: There’s Snow Business like Sew Business

This week really confused me. I have no idea why the challenge was so simple: The designers were to create a winter look that any fashionista would be proud to wear in winter. That was it. Yawn. I think Heidi just wanted to have snow on the runway.

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photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.

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The designers were given a whopping $400 for this look and two full days! This look would decide who goes to fashion week and who gets “left in the cold.” heehee

The producers tried to build in some drama, by emphasizing that Margarita was from Puerto Rico, where there is no snow. So they painted a picture that she might have trouble with this challenge. The only trouble came when she went to Mood and tried to purchase rabbit fur for her dress. Tim told her that this was a “fur-free show,” and took away her pelts. She was devastated, as she was out of time to shop and had tons of money left now. The other designers agreed to let her shop for 5 additional minutes to replace her fur.

I just have to add that before the shopping trip, the designers were taken to the Minus 5 Ice Bar in Manhattan. They sat on ice cubes to sketch, which were covered in…fur pelts. Yes, ladies and gents…on a fur-free show!

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You tell me–is that faux fur Ayana is siting on? I think not.

But let’s move on…

Ayana started creating a straight coat with a asymmetrical color-blocking and a removable lower portion. The concept was cool, and Tim helped her decide on splatter painting the pink so it flowed into the black better. Under the coat was a jumpsuit made of houndstooth print. Striking combo. The judges didn’t think it was “enough.”

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Margarita started making a dress that would have faux fur sleeve accents. Tim was hating it and urged her to rethink the entire design. As a result, she made her entire dress from the faux fur, with an oversize jacket that had a great blue lining that really popped on the runway. The judges were NOT loving the dress.

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Lyris (her model) seemed to absolutely hate the look. But she can sell you the phone book with her face and body language on the runway and I think she really made it work.

Brandon did something…exactly the same as he’s done the entire competition. But if it aint broke, why fix it I guess…

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Kenya made the coolest coat ever. She was inspired by the fabric print and went off from there. Her model looked strong, happy and well put together. Great job, in my opinion. The pants were fabulous. But I remember something Tim said early on: “Is this fashion or are you just making clothes?” Her stuff is super wearable and sellable…so does this make her simply a good designer instead of a winner? Heidi loved the coat, hated the rest.

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Kentaro took the win with his cream ensemble. I thought it was cool and good that he went back to his roots with the one-color “blandness” that got him on Project Runway to begin with. He has similar sensibilities to Brandon but I think his end result is more innovative and intriguing. I would actually want to wear it (aside from the shorts), while Brandon’s designs are a bit too “out there.”

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I’m excited to see next week when Tim makes the home visits. Now he’s got to go to FIVE places instead of three. Will we actually get to see who wins next week or will it be another cliffhanger?

We know that two designers will be cut even before the runway show begins. Could you imagine doing all the work and having such high hopes only to be let down RIGHT BEFORE your big runway show? Because they still get to show, just knowing that they aren’t in the competition anymore. In fact, 10 designers show, because fashion week happens before the show ends and the producers have to keep the winner a surprise.

My prediction? Margarita and Kenya will get cut just before their show walks (sad face). Brandon, Kentaro and Ayana will be the final 3. Brandon will take home the win (another sad face), and Heidi will wear Brandon’s clothes as soon as she can get him to make her some. What are your predictions?

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And the Winner of the Wise Craft Quilts Giveaway Is…

Cheryl!

Congratulations, Cheryl! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Wise Craft Quilts at roostbooks.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on January 4, 2018!

 

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