Joanna and Jazmine, the two remaining contestants, both did a great job for the season finale of Project Selvedge 2014! They were asked to create a cohesive line of clothing, and they had two weeks to meet the challenge. I was a little worried that Joanna's baby would crash the party by coming out too early, but she complied by staying in her mama's belly.
Both fashion lines were creative, and I wanted to take home every garment, but there had to be a winner, and the winner was........JOANNA! Congratulations!
To kick off Missoula's Fashion Week, Week 6 of Project Selvedge asked the three remaining designers to create looks that could be sold at three Missoula boutiques: Cloth and Crown, One Eleven Boutique, and Green Light. Each designer did a great job researching and working with the owners of the three shops.
The Project Selvedge finale will be on May 2. Jazmine and Johanna will be battling for the grand prize. Johanna's baby is due May 9 -- Let's hope he or she cooperates and stays in mama's belly until after May 2.
Hello Readers -- I'm back. And, happy to think about the wonderful world of sewing, instead of the currently stressful world of work. Two weeks of Project Selvedge have elapsed since I last posted. The designers were asked to find inspiration from their favorite children's books during Week 5.
For more photos of Project Selvedge, go to the Selvedge Studio Facebook Page.
This week at Project Selvedge, the contestants were challenged to make clothes with LED lights in them. The Missoula Public Library issued the challenge, and the world's coolest librarian was one of the judges. The ideas were wonderfully eclectic.
I was honored to be a Project Selvedge judge last night. Project Selvedge is a live version of Project Runway hosted by Selvedge Studio in Missoula, Montana. Last night's challenge (created by moi) was to make a garment that emulated the contestant's style icon.
I also taught a Sewing Essentials class to three of the six contestants last week. The class was free, and we covered different fabrics, pressing, and altering paper patterns.
The two looks above were created by two of the contestants who took my class. I felt proud of them, and proud of myself, as a beginning teacher. The zipper insertion, stripe matching, and hem of the skirt was a step up from last week. The precision of the cutting and pressing of the bias silk dress were four steps up from last week. Thankfully, no one was sent home. I lived through my judging experience with no tears from me or the contestants.
I am working with the folks at Selvedge Studio in Missoula, Montana, on this year's Project Selvedge, a live version of Project Runway. The first week was amazing! Each contestant received four yards of white cotton/linen blend to make whatever they wanted.
None of the contestants was eliminated this week. Phew! The day after the fashion show, I taught a Sewing Essentials class to the contestants and a few members of the audience who want to learn to make clothes. Next week, the contestants will be asked to meet "my" challenge of sewing in the mode of their fashion icon. They will be judged on how well they can emulate their icons, and how well their garments fit their models. I will be one of the judges!