Here's how we translated our Project Project Runway Challenge:
Design a fabric – and make sure the fabric is featured in your look. Help us understand the source of your inspiration.
If you are feeling ambitious, show us a few sketches about how you would picture the rest of your collection.
And don’t fight with yourself. : )
(Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
My inspiration was an autumn sunrise. Although Terry thinks my fabric looks more like a funky equalizer. Which is cool, but I don't really feel like designing nightclubbing gear. So Autumn sunrise it is! I was actually thinking about how beautiful the sky looks while I walk my little guy to kindergarten. My original inspiration was to design something chic that a mom could wear while corralling her kids to school on an autumn morning.
Unfortunately, my original design - a really cool raglan sleeved coat didn't work out so well. I ironed my design onto some fabric and thought that due to it's stiffness with the iron on transfer, I might get a really nice coat out of it. Well, I forgot to take into account the stiffness of Aurora's movement. That blasted elbow deformity has struck again. The sleeves ended up being impossibly stiff and I was unable to get Aurora to put her arms down in the coat :(
So the Tim Gunn in my head gave me a pep talk before I started bawling and convinced me that the coat could be salvaged as a pretty cute sleeveless vest? apron? Not sure...
I actually like the way this turned out. So after my little temper tantrum in the bathroom over my poor sleeves, everything worked out just fine.
I added a little gingham touch to the edges and the new strappy sleeves. I put some orange buttons down the front. I sewed a quick, very boring orange dress for underneath - not really proud of that. Hopefully the judges won't be too hard on me. Like Olivier, I spent way too much time on my coat and kind of whipped up the dress last minute. I hope the coat gets me through this week.
The back is really special. I love the heart buttons I put on the belt. And the fabric is so nice! I wish someone would really make this fabric for me. I love it so much!
It even looks good from the sides.
Check out the runway for last week's Art of The Matter challenge here and here.
And follow along with all the Project Project Runway designers this week in the Flickr Group.