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  • 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'.

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