I’m sorry to say, we are experiencing technical difficulties with the movie I made for this week’s AUF’d runway (please give me a break…it’s my first time!). We should have the video up and running ASAP. In the mean time you can read my journal about the challenge and look at the pretty pictures!
To start off for those of you who don’t know… after being “auf’d” last week on Project Runway, I’ve decided to play along and try each challenge on my own. I’m going to follow the same guidelines for each challenge including time, money and anything else they might throw at the designers.
To start this week, I took the 2nd episode “Fit for a Queen” and made the dress that I presented to Tara. She had asked for a design that would elongate her short frame, preferably in earth tones and above all wanted a design that would showcase Tara herself, rather than the design being the first thing you noticed.
In order to fit the criteria, I decided to keep the front of her dress very long and clean without too much volume, which can shorten the look. In the back is where all the interest and fun would be with a long, 2 color ruffled train. I really like designs that can appear simple at first and then as you turn around there is some fantastic detail or action going on in the back (very much like Roberts dress on the first challenge, with the red bows in back). I wanted the dress to be green, because I think Tara’s coloring would work well with a green dress, but it had to be the right green. I didn’t want a granny smith apple color or anything to dark or blue. I ended up finding this beautiful mossy green satin with a gold/khaki undertone that almost appears as a neutral. For the second color in the train, I found a golden cream satin that worked perfectly with the vintage lace I wanted to use as well as the mossy green fabric.
I have found one thing while doing this… it is A LOT harder to follow the time guidelines when you’re at home. When you’re on the show, you are literally sewing from 8am to midnight most days. That’s a decent amount of time when you realize that you don’t have things to distract you. Yes…there are other factors to deal with like crappy machines, crappy designers and crappy stress…trust me, I know, but what you don’t have are things like email, myspace, cell phones, TV, music, cats, boyfriends, mothers, etc… you get the point.
Anyways… in the end I liked the design I created. I think it is interesting without being overwhelming and “pageanty” with out being a razzle-dazzle-be-dazzled “pageant” gown. Things I would change: I’m not sure how much I’m liking the lace sleeves. They’re not bad, but not exactly what I was thinking of. I’d also probably shorten and lighten the train just a bit. That’s the one area that I would have liked to have more time to work on, maybe direct the shape and “ruffles” a bit more. But overall I liked how it turned out!
Thanks to Aurora for being a fantastic model (as always!)
Check it out next week when I take on the I.N.C. challenge… Alison and Jeffery did a good job without a leader… can I pull it off being the team leader AND the 2 teammates? We’ll see!
Oh yeah…and for anyone interested, I decided to keep track of the music I listen to during each challenge and create a playlist for each episode. I don’t know why, it just sounded fun.
AUF’d Runway: “Fit for a Queen” Episode 2 Playlist:
1.Olympic Hopefuls “The Fuses Refuse to Burn” – Holiday
2.Olympic Hopefuls “The Fuses Refuse to Burn” – Motobike
3.Oasis “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” – Don’t Look Back in Anger
4.Oasis “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” – She’s Electric
5.Nova Menco “Gypsy Fusion” – Mediterranean Breeze
6.Nova Menco “Gypsy Fusion” – Alba
7.The Polyphonic Spree “Together We’re Heavy” – Hold Me Now
8.The Polyphonic Spree “Together We’re Heavy” – One Man Show
9.Radiohead “OK Computer” – Paranoid Android
10. Radiohead “OK Computer” – Exit Music (For a Film)
11. Radiohead “Kid A” – Idioteque
12. Radiohead “Kid A” – Morning Bell
13. Gorillaz “Gorillaz” – Re-Hash
14. Gorillaz “Gorillaz” – Punk
15. Hall & Oates “Greatest Hits” – Private Eyes
16. Hall & Oates “Greatest Hits” – Maneater
17. Queen “Greatest Hits” – Don’t Stop Me Now
18. Queen “Greatest Hits” – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
19. Seu Jorge “The Life Aquatic Soundtrack” – Starman
20. Mark Mothersbaugh “The Life Aquatic Soundtrack” – Ping Island
21. The Zombies “The Life Aquatic Soundtrack” – The Way I Feel Inside