Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I must speak...Project Runway is definitely a designing, not sewing challenge

Did you see the latest episode of Project Runway?  I was astonished by how poorly all the garments fit their models.  The construction was pretty crappy on most too.  I've seen several mistakes made by contestants again and again.  The two worst ones are (1) not understanding the properties of the fabric you have chosen and (2) not comprehending construction techniques well enough to fully execute your design.  I'm convinced that many of these great designs on paper would look fabulous in person IF the designers had a better knowledge of fabric and construction.  With this episode, the designers committed a third sin:  not understanding a woman's body.  Here's a tip, anything more than an A cup needs support.  

I actually like Jonathan's design but the low-hanging, ski slope boobs were very distracting. 

Other designers with boobie issues:  Amy's winning design (floppy, loose bodice on a full-busted woman?!), Emilio (mashed boobies with seams out of place), Jay Nicholas (covered up the boobies with a distracting design that won't lay flat), and Jesse (more mashed boobies but they are also popping out of an ill-fitting dress).

Seth Aaron got the boob placement right but the dress has gaping at the armholes.  Real women have REAL curves.  I'm starting to sound like Heidi--it's all about the boobs!  If you get the boobs right, it will make up for other problems. 

Best boobie award goes to this week's loser, Jesus. The man can sew but his designs were always just a little off. I guess it's fitting that the hooker dress has the best boobies.

Maya's design was my favorite.  The boobs were where they belong.  The construction was good and the draping was beautiful.  The choice of fabrics was great.  I love how she incorporated the heart shape on the chest without being really obvious.  I've often thought adding layers of fabric to a hip area was a bad idea but this woman can pull it off because she has a nice, lean shape.  This dress was very different from all the others and different from anything I've seen elsewhere.  Maya was robbed and I think she knew it. 

I think Mila, Emilio and Amy are my favorite designers.  Mila is the most consistent.  Her Campbell's soup dress immediately makes you think of Campbell's soup so she accomplished this task the best but I'm just not a fan of a huge star on a dress.

This post was especially catty for me but I couldn't help noticing how many designers had so much trouble with boobs...and any other curve on a real woman.  Here's hoping future challenges reveal better results.

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