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Project Selvedge

  • Project Selvedge, Season Finale!

    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.

    Joanna stayed with her theme of exercise clothes that can be worn while running errands or going out to lunch. Joanna stayed with her theme of exercise clothes that can be worn while running errands or going out to lunch.

    They can also be worn while exercising! They can also be worn while exercising!

    You can even bike in this jumpsuit if you're a You can even bike in this jumpsuit if you're a "Cigarette Girl." Her belt is too big -- that happens to me all the time --- hahaha!

    This young woman rides her bike everywhere--even when she's not being a model! This young woman rides her bike everywhere--even when she's not being a model!

    Joanna had actually made the pants for this model--much better fit. Joanna had actually made the pants for this model--much better fit.

    Jazmine created his and hers raincoats using colorful oilcloth -- Love! Jazmine created his and hers raincoats using colorful oilcloth -- Love!

    Boy raincoat in action. Boy raincoat in action.

    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!

    One last picture of One last picture of "Mary Quant", who made her final appearance on the Project Selvedge runway on Friday night.

  • Project Selvedge, Week 6

    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. 

    Johanna has ANOTHER super fun model! Her winning jumping jumpsuit was the look she created for Cloth and Crown.   Johanna has ANOTHER super fun model! Her winning jumping jumpsuit was the look she created for Cloth and Crown.  

    Jazmine created this lilac cut-out tunic for the owner of The Green Light. The judges commented that it would work for many body types. It would work great pour moi, Jazmine! Jazmine will be participating in the finale. Jazmine created this lilac cut-out tunic for the owner of The Green Light. The judges commented that it would work for many body types. It would work great pour moi, Jazmine! Jazmine will be participating in the finale.

    Erin designed a half-body kimono wrap for One Eleven Boutique. I loved it, but Erin was sent home this week. Great job, everyone.  Erin designed a half-body kimono wrap for One Eleven Boutique. I loved it, but Erin was sent home this week. Great job, everyone. 

    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. 

  • Project Selvedge, Week 5

    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. 

    Designer Erin chose the book Verdi by Janell Cannon. Designer Erin chose the book Verdi by Janell Cannon.

    Designer Christine chose the book The Stinky Cheese Man as inspiration. She made a linen dress with a belt of Designer Christine chose the book The Stinky Cheese Man as inspiration. She made a linen dress with a belt of "bacon" and "olive" trim. Despite the brilliance of the bacon belt, Christine was eliminated this week.

    Designer Jazmine chose Prince Lir from the book, The Last Unicorn. Her model was quite stoic and dashing in his satin and wool vest, with brass accents. Designer Jazmine chose Prince Lir from the book, The Last Unicorn. Her model was quite stoic and dashing in his satin and wool vest, with brass accents.

    Designer Johanna selected a conglomeration of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and all the other Mark Twain characters. She made her first welt pockets for this lined vest. They turned out perfect! Once again Johanna found a beautiful, edgy model for her garments. Designer Johanna selected a conglomeration of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and all the other Mark Twain characters. She made her first welt pockets for this lined vest. They turned out perfect! Once again Johanna found a beautiful, edgy model for her garments.

    All the designers and their models. All the designers and their models.

    For more photos of Project Selvedge, go to the Selvedge Studio Facebook Page.

     

  • Project Selvedge, Week 4

    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. 

    Johanna's model knew how to strut! She had so much fun. Spoiler alert -- this was the winning outfit! Johanna's model knew how to strut! She had so much fun. Spoiler alert -- this was the winning outfit!

    Johanna put the LED lights on a removable placket that fit on the back of her jacket. The placket is removable so the jacket can be washed. This is a cycling outfit -- safety first! Johanna put the LED lights on a removable placket that fit on the back of her jacket. The placket is removable so the jacket can be washed. This is a cycling outfit -- safety first!

    Johanna and her model posing outside. It's finally getting warm in Montana! Johanna and her model posing outside. It's finally getting warm in Montana!

    Christina and her model. They won the styling prize for the evening. You can kind of see the LED lights among the hexagons (my photography skills are to blame, not Christina's sewing). I think Christina's model will wear this dress a lot this summer.  Christina and her model. They won the styling prize for the evening. You can kind of see the LED lights among the hexagons (my photography skills are to blame, not Christina's sewing). I think Christina's model will wear this dress a lot this summer. 

    Erin and her model demonstrate the hidden nursing panel on her dress -- and, you can see the little LEDs in the pockets. Precious! Erin and her model demonstrate the hidden nursing panel on her dress -- and, you can see the little LEDs in the pockets. Precious!

    Erin's model demonstrates the nursing panel with a real baby! Works like a charm. Erin's model demonstrates the nursing panel with a real baby! Works like a charm.

    Jasmine's garment was the most interesting and creative. It is made of 10 stars sewn together. Jasmine couldn't afford quite enough fabric, so we won't show the lower half of the outfit on the internet. :) Jasmine's garment was the most interesting and creative. It is made of 10 stars sewn together. Jasmine couldn't afford quite enough fabric, so we won't show the lower half of the outfit on the internet. :)

    When taking a photo of the judges, I inadvertently got a shot of a member of the audience reacting to the lack of a bottom half in Jasmine's garment. When taking a photo of the judges, I inadvertently got a shot of a member of the audience reacting to the lack of a bottom half in Jasmine's garment.

    Gwen, who works at Selvedge Studio, created a cross between a teddy and a ball gown. Gwen, who works at Selvedge Studio, created a cross between a teddy and a ball gown.

    If you didn't already think Gwen was cool -- Look at her awesome tattoo! If you didn't already think Gwen was cool -- Look at her awesome tattoo!

  • Project Selvedge, Week 2: Teacher Pride

    'Edie Sedgewick' gets ready to be photographed by newspaper reporters. 'Edie Sedgewick' gets ready to be photographed by newspaper reporters.

    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 winning look. An amazing rendition of a dress Madeleine Vionnet would have made in the 1920's The winning look. An amazing rendition of a dress Madeleine Vionnet would have made in the 1920's

    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.

    'Heidi Klum' walks the runway. 'Heidi Klum' walks the runway.

    The youngest model of the evening as 'Mary Quant'. The youngest model of the evening as 'Mary Quant'.

  • Project Selvedge, Week 1

    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. 

    The winning dress. Look of the placement of the pockets! The winning dress. Look of the placement of the pockets!

    One contestant died her fabric with wine, beets, and Baby Bell cheese wrappers! One contestant died her fabric with wine, beets, and Baby Bell cheese wrappers!

    The wrap-around elephant skirt has great-fitting shorts under it! Go away now, snow, so we can all wear outfits like this! The wrap-around elephant skirt has great-fitting shorts under it! Go away now, snow, so we can all wear outfits like this!

    Jasmine's high/low lined linen jacket looked great on her model. Jasmine's high/low lined linen jacket looked great on her model.

    One contestant is just 9-years old. Here she is describing the dress she made for her friend. She said she could picture her friend wearing this dress to her birthday party.  Love it! One contestant is just 9-years old. Here she is describing the dress she made for her friend. She said she could picture her friend wearing this dress to her birthday party.  Love it!

    Oh yeah, I was this poised when I was 9 years old, not! Oh yeah, I was this poised when I was 9 years old, not!

    One contestant made shibori-dyed accents on her well-fitted dress. One contestant made shibori-dyed accents on her well-fitted dress.

    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!

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