Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Project Runway recap

I accidentally got spoiled on the ending of this episode (be careful who you follow on Facebook!) so it wasn't quite as suspenseful as it could have been. I also hate unconventional materials. So this was a good episode to watch after school when the kids were bouncing off the walls, and I didn't really need to hear the dialogue!

Spoilers ahead...

Best moments: The Lexus cars were pretty? IDK. I didn't much like this episode.

Worst moments: I did not like seeing Brandon and Kentaro doubt themselves. They're likeable, and top contenders, and I hate that they felt at risk because of a stupid unconventional challenge.

See all the looks here.

Best looks: Ayana's was the most dramatic, I'll give her that, and her model did a fantastic job with the hard hat and her walk. But something about Ayana's attitude was really off-putting (not talking to Kenya, bragging about how she was going to win). The rest were kind of boring.

Worst looks: Michael's was terrible, I think everybody knew that. Brandon managed to pull off something good, but in any other challenge it would have been considered too simple. Margarita's was too costume to me (but I did just watch Wonder Woman this weekend).

Best quote: "I look like Pocahontas is about to play football." --Liris

I thought Zac's comments this week were telling about how the rest of the season will go. He said he wanted to see a full collection from Brandon, and that he didn't know who Margarita was as a designer (I agree with both). And keeping Kentaro over Michael indicates that they want more from Kentaro too. So who will slide into that final spot (assuming three designers go to Fashion Week)? And will Tim even use his save?

Next week: High fashion warrior women

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Foxy Pajamas

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Every now and then, I impulse-buy a fabric with a novelty print, thinking that I will be THAT cool mom with such quirky style. And then the fabric sits in my stash, because in truth, I'm a boring basics kind of mom. But when life (or your bad decision-making) gives you graphic prints, you make pajamas. That's a saying, I'm sure.

I've had this fox jersey for ages. It's from Girl Charlee, but it is not one of their modified reprints. If you've followed them at all you've likely seen this fabric, but printed by them with a lighter background. Personally, I love the dark background, I think it works better with the orangey-red and white of the foxes. I'm not sure where it originally came from, but I bought the very first batch they ever had.

Originally, I wanted to make a Day Tripper top for myself (exactly like this one, actually) but never got around to it. I finally accepted it wasn't going to happen, and that pajamas for my oldest would be a much better use for this fabric.

The fabric is a simple cotton/poly jersey, no spandex. I knew I couldn't go with my default PJ pattern, the Alex and Anna PJs from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. Those are drafted with negative ease and need good recovery in the fabric. Instead, I went with positive ease and more of a t-shirt and sweatpants look. For the top, I used the Day Camp Tee, and for the bottoms I used the Pajama Party pattern. Both are FREE from PABPS (for the Pajama Party pattern you need to join the Facebook group and get the code). Such a quick sew on my serger and did I mention FREE?

I'm so glad this fabric is finally sewn up, and AB loves her new jammies!

Speaking of Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, check out her newest pattern, the Hazel Dress and Tunic. On sale today only for release day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Project Runway recap

I'm back from vacation and a little blog break in the meantime. I'm up to my eyeballs in Halloween sewing, but I definitely made time to catch up on Project Runway. All this drama!

Spoilers ahead...

Best moments: I thought it was cute to have Shopkins Super Fans help the designers, especially for an avant-garde challenge. If it were some sort of translate-to-the-real-world challenge I think that would have been more restrictive. What I didn't understand was why the fans weren't at the runway show?

Worst moments: We started this episode where the last one left off, with a dramatic storm-off by Michael and accusations of Claire cheating. The whole thing was kind of childish. Margarita made me want to throw things at my TV. She ran around the workroom tattling on Claire and then on the runway she claimed she wasn't the type of person to throw someone under the bus. Okaaaaayyy...instead she got Michael to do the dirty work instead. I was also annoyed at Claire's lack of ownership to her part in it. She clearly knew the rules and broke them anyway (about having a tape measure in her room) AND she played loosey goosey with the spirit of the show by using her sister as a partner most of the time. Who cares if it was a simple tank, Claire, if it was so simple why did you need to measure it and cheat? The whole thing was so dumb. But I agree with her being booted if she did cheat, which it seems like she did.

See all the looks here.

Best looks: I'm not into avant-garde, so the one I liked the best was the least avant-garde-y, Kentaro's.

Worst looks: I thought most of the designs looked like someone threw up fabric onto a dress form. Batani's was bad, Amy's was boring.

I'm sad that Amy was eliminated. I felt like she had some great looks in the past and didn't get any recognition for them. Batani was clearly on borrowed time so I guess they threw in a double elimination just to surprise us? And perhaps Tim will be using his save soon? Have they even mentioned the save?

Next week: More unconventional. Barf.

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