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amysayssew
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Date: 9/12/10 9:29 PM

I recently started watching Project Runway on DVD, and I am officially addicted. It's a great source of inspiration and motivates me to turn on the sewing machine more often. I wrote about how PR has affected my sewing on my blog: Queen City Crafts.

Has Project Runway affected your sewing or your attitude toward sewing at all?

Also, when I was in Barnes and Noble this past weekend, I saw that Tim Gunn has a new book out (it's about applying the "Make it work" philosophy to your life). I read a few chapters and thought it was great. The title is Gunn's Golden Rules.

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Date: 9/12/10 9:39 PM

No, I still stink. But, I love the show and it has heightened my fashion awareness. Bert
-- Edited on 9/13/10 8:36 PM --

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Date: 9/12/10 9:54 PM

I watch occasionally when its not a re-run. I like that the show is atracting young people to sewing and fashion design. I must admit though, I disagree w/the judges a lot. I hate to see poorly contructed clothing. Some of these guys cannot even sew straight seams.

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Date: 9/13/10 2:25 PM

I have wondered about the quality of the sewing since the garments are made so quickly. Remember when Morgan (of season 1) wore Kevin's dress out for a night and ripped it?

For the most part, I tend to agree with the judges (at least so far; I've only just finished the first season).

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Date: 9/13/10 5:27 PM

I have to say watching the show has made me appreciate having lots of time to sew and get it right! There are so many models who are sewn into their outfits with seconds to go before the runway. I do find I have gathered a bunch of ideas that are flattering to people in general and some that should be avoided at all costs (like those multi pockets that stick out of the side of the pants and dresses!)

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Date: 9/14/10 9:35 AM

I'm just a couple of weeks away from daughter #2's wedding. I'm down to stitching the lace onto the hem. When the gown and wedding is finished, I plan to readjust my dress form for dd#3. She has the body of a model, tall and slim. She also is a fantastic dresser. She can find things at a flea market, ebay, etc and put together a great look. She wears a lot of dresses so I'm looking forward to working on those. I pretty much only worked on skating costumes, prom and homecoming dresses for the girls when they were in high school. I'm excited to move away from quilting for a while and get back into garment construction.

I'm thrilled that project runway has attracted young women back to sewing. I've been sewing for almost 40 years, PR certainly has inspired me and now with the addition of my dress form, I'm hoping that the fit improves with my garments.

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Date: 9/14/10 9:53 AM

I guess I really am not a TV person.

I've never seen it!!

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Date: 9/14/10 10:12 AM

Quote: stashblaster
I'm thrilled that project runway has attracted young women back to sewing. I've been sewing for almost 40 years, PR certainly has inspired me and now with the addition of my dress form, I'm hoping that the fit improves with my garments.

I'm on the fence. As a sewer, I'm thrilled that young people (more men now!) are taking up sewing. That will keep fabric supply and sites like PR alive and vibrant. Professionally...is another story. There's a lot of young people who are the biggest prima donnas, very obnoxious who think that designers are kings/queens in real life and that we should all bow down and worship them. It's always been like that of course until they get some work experience and learn they're only employees like everyone else, and not even the best paid (become a pattern maker if you want to make more money) but with such a deluge of wannabes, it crowds the field so it's harder to find and work with the ones who'd make a career of it. It's a bubble, like the law school bubble that happened after LA Law.

Mary: I don't watch TV either, don't even have one. I have to watch it this season over the web since I have three designers on the show this season but even so, I've only watched four episodes.

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Date: 9/14/10 11:24 AM

I watch it on the internet without all the annoying commercials- just a few instead of 20. Check out the lifetime channel on Friday mornings or after and that week's show is up.

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Date: 9/14/10 11:41 AM

Well I want a dress form and the tape they use when draping. They don't show it often but I see some red tape on the dress forms that mark their design lines. Love that.

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