Friday, October 20, 2006

Project Runway - My Rant

Cutting into my sewing post with a personal rant. Okay, how did Jeffrey win?? His clothes sucked. Period. Irregular hemlines are so - 2 years ago! And the green striped dress? Uggggggh. Zippers inserted all over the place? More like how 80's. I saw nothing innovative or remotely creative so I don't know what the judges were smoking that day. I think only one person they interviewed after the runway shows said they liked Jeffrey's collection. I really like Uli's collection and at least she came in second, although she deserved to win. She really went out of her usual large prints zone and made some nice pieces that a woman would want to wear. But there's no drama with her, is there? She is just too nice.
It now seems clear to me that in order to win you have to be an egotistical bonehead.

Okay, I'm done.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The fabric

As I mentioned in my previous post, I found some fairly similar fabric at crappy Joann's! It's a wool tweed with coppery metallic threads running through it. It had an okay drape - but stiff enough for a jacket.
I starting cutting out the pattern pieces I would need for the project. In terms of the peplum at the bottom, it needed to be more frilly and less fitted than the pattern I was using - as well as being on the bias. The back piece would need to be longer to allow room for the inverted pleat. In the photo I have the original pattern piece and what I ended up cutting. I came up with the piece mostly from draping it onto the dressform and pinning the inverted pleat. The roundness of the pattern piece as opposed to the original makes it on the bias and with a bit of a 'frilly-ness' when it is attached.