This week on Project Project Runway we were told to make a classic, feminine, ready-to-wear look. The trick was we only had $4.65 to spend. I was afraid the budget was going to kill me, but thanks to a big sale at Jo Ann’s I only used $0.62 on fabric, that’s right $.62. So, I had plenty leftover for notions.
I real fell for this print when I saw it in the store. I knew I print would be tricky, but it would add a pop to the classic shirt dress I had in mind. It did mean I needed a little extra fabric for pattern matching.
The dress is a modified button-down shirt dress. I was originally going to give it a shirt collar, but decided I really liked the feminine look of the wide v instead. I had to cut one side of the front twice to get the pattern right, but was glad I took the time. I had to chose where it would match so unfortunately the sides don’t. The dress is fit both from the way it is cut and from a dart down the center of the back that ends in a little kick pleat. A leather belt gives even more definition at the waist (though the dress can be worn without it too.) I went with red pumps for a little more pop of color, a great black bag and a chunky bracelet to complete the look.
I think I’d do ok with the judges this week though worry they might find my fabric a little drab. I hope that the attention to detail with the contrasting stitching and all will be enough to keep me in and send me to next week’s finale. (Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be hard to do better than what we saw on the runway of the show last week!)
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