Friday, March 28, 2014

Under the Gunn rehash!

I wonder what the designers on these shows do when they lose their sew-jo (get eliminated?!). I usually sew every day, but there are some days where I just can't be bothered. Surely these guys feel that way? When I don't feel like sewing, I sketch or plan or cut or prewash fabric. Can't get away with that on this show! (Has anyone else ever wondered about the lack of prewashing? Don't some fabrics shrink when they steam them? #sewingquestions)

Spoilers ahead...

Things I loved:

I don't believe for a second that the designers were randomly paired with their clients, but I don't care. I like it better when they generally mesh well or their styles work together.

Shan keeping his cool. Can you imagine what any other designer would have done, if faced with his obstacles? Half of them would have demanded special treatment or extra time (I would have...)

Things I hated:

I don't want to go on a huge rant here...but the phrase "real women" drives me bonkers. Unless a model is a robot, then she's a real woman. I would much prefer the term "average woman" or, even better, no special terms at all!

Ummm...Anya was wearing a see-through top without a bra. WHAT?! Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?!

Favorite garment(s):

It's been a couple weeks now since I've seen a garment I loved. Oscar's was beautiful but deserved all the criticism it received.

Least favorite garment:

Blake's was bad. I felt sorry for his client. I felt bad for Blake! We've all fallen victim to the lure of beautiful fabric that doesn't work later. Sometimes I stop and ask myself "is this a garment or do you really just wish it could be curtains?"

Asha's looked tortured to me. I don't understand why she keeps attempting these complicated designs if her construction skills prevent the proper execution.

Best line of the night:

(If you watched the episode then you already know the best line, hands down.)
"Sort of like tips for tits." --Tim Gunn

Is it just me, or have the eliminations been pretty predictable up to this point? Next week is going to be difficult. I think Shan will get through to the final show for sure, and before this week I would have said Sam too, but he seems to be losing favor with the judges.

Next week...comic books?


  1. I would've melted down, for sure, if I'd been in Shan's shoes. lol I tend to make mistakes when I'm rushed, so his making an interesting dress in a short timeframe was really great. Some creative people just work well under pressure, I see him going far with that.

    Most sewing rooms like FIDM's have a Hoffman steam pressing machine, so you steam press and pre-shrink all of your fabric before cutting it so that it doesn't shrink when you press the seams.

    1. Ah ha, thank you for solving the passing mystery! And I definitely make way more mistakes when I'm rushed, too. Good for Shan!

  2. I am not really loving Under the Gunn. I really want to, but it hasn't kept me from doing something else. I don't know if it is the mentor twist, the boring designers, or what. I just zone out and do something else.

    1. I still look forward to watching it, but I agree that the designers are boring.


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