This show is really taking off – and thanks to someone posting on YouTube we colonists get to watch too.
There are so many thing I like about this – so don’t read on if you don’t like spoilers….. but here goes.
First the competition projects are totally reasonable and they are done in a reasonable amount of time – none of this making a ball gown in one day. You actually can sew a pair of trousers in an afternoon, and add patch pockets to a skirt in one hour.
There were some surprises: I don’t know what got into Ann, but for some reason I thought she would know better and she didn’t do well on the pockets nor the blouse – the blouse was actually frumpy, and even though some might consider me more the frumpy age, I do everything I can to fight it – maybe that’s because I’m just not frumpy and I don’t think anyone else should be. My clients aren’t and if they tend that way, then I’m here to get them out of it fast!
Stuart – OMG – Stuart got an infusion of something – maybe he thought if he started out horrible and then went to pretty darn good in one episode that would make it look like he had “progressed” or something – I dunno, but I was knocked out by his two competition pieces:
But whatever it is or whatever he’s taking, the world could use a dose, cause he did a great job here – not only are these well done, but they are creative. He used Vogue 1274. And to be honest, that is where I go on judging…I look for technique first and then creativity, but I will be honest, I do give points for creativity, even if the technique isn’t good. They loose a lot, but I don’t throw out the garment just cause the technique is bad. For me it has to be both for the garment to go out the window – –
You can tell where I’ve morphed, but you can see the point – or the bump! On the left is the bump as on the original garment and on the right is that line “softened”, which is what I like to do. All you have to do is bring your waistline up about 1″ and it just softens that line beautifully. The reason I bring this up is a lot of times you can be sewing along and do a fitting and you will think something terrible is wrong when it just needs a little less fabric from the shoulder to the waist. And right now we’re used to seeing a little thicker waist and no bump at the hip line rather than a tight to the waist fit and a bump at the hip line (like you see in so many of the Mad Men outfits). For us a more modern look is this higher waist and smoother line through and to the hip.
And so why carry on, because yes technique and creativity are wonderful and valid and undeniable parts of a garment, but so is fit and making it fit so that you look good is a lot of the whole effort here. I’m not sure they’ve put enough emphasis on this, but the series isn’t over yet.
Don’t you just love the way the Brits talk….and their quaint little expressions for stuff – like creatives aren’t artsy – they are makers. It just sounds so much more legitimate.
Recap: Ann goes down (for lack of creativity), Stuart goes way up and Sandra kicked a**!!!! Stuart was most improved, Patrick wins the award for best line, and Mary Hart has competition for “perky” from Claudia Winkleman!!!! Can’t wait to see what happens next week!!!
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