Dear future stars of Project Runway,
Just a few things for you to consider, from a fan of Project Runway since Season 1 Episode 1…..
- Please learn how to make a French seam. I’m looking at you, Richard (Season 11)! I’ll show you how to make a French seam on this blog. Please check in tomorrow.
- Do what you know. If you’ve never sewn a certain fabric, say silk duppioni, do not select it for a challenge. It will almost certainly result in elimination. If said fabric is integral to the challenge parameters, I can’t do much for you, except recommend that you gain experience with a lot of fabrics before applying for Project Runway.
- It’s you, not the fabric. It’s not the fabric’s fault if your look is not as successful as you’d like, or if the judges hate it. Do not diss it. I’m sure Mood Fabrics will agree with me here.
- What a competing designer recently called “corrugated waistline” is really made with a technique called cartridge pleats, which have been around since time began.
- If you think sewing is for the birds, you should audition for Fashion Star on NBC. You will have seamstresses there to execute your sketch. Until your sketch comes to life, you’re just a pen & paper artist. The patternmaker and seamstress are really the people who make you a “designer”.
- Do not verbally trash a fellow competitor’s project; the judges will praise that look to death. It’s Murphy’s Law. The editing department of Project Runway may disagree with me here.
- Follow the challenge specifics exactly. If the guidelines say no t-shirts and pants, is there a reason you should design a t-shirt and pant look, or variations thereof? Not unless you want to be auf-ed into the sky.
- DO NOT say bad things about “home sewing”. Viewers and fans like me watch the show to see design and construction drama — not the other kind. Again, not sure the producers will agree with me here.
- Finally, no crying. Please.
Thank you for reading! Please check back for actual sewing tips…..
Other readers, please feel free to add any other advice you deem helpful to the future stars of Project Runway.