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My Journey to Project Runway - And So It Begins [Upcycle Pro...

Added Jan 19, 2011

by kelepso

Miami, Florida, ...






Project Runway Season 8 | Episode 1

Challenge Name | And So It Begins

Challenge | The designers were required to swap an article of clothing with a fellow contestant; then design and construct a new garment. This challenge is very parallel to an upcycle project. The designers were granted 5 hours to complete this challenge. This is the shortest amount of time designers have had to complete a challenge in Project Runway history.

My Entry

For this challenge, I purchased a mens sport jacket to create a very unique sheath dress. The jacket was made of a beautiful chocolate brown tweed with tiny specs of primary colors embedded throughout the fabric. I though I had no definite inspiration for this dress, the design was intuitive and I knew that I wanted the lapels to be the primary accent on the dress.

Prior to working on the final garment, I created a muslin (sample) to figure out the design and details. After creating the muslin, I mirror the design to accommodate the closure on the correct side (left) for women’s apparel.

Click here for the full story, photos and videos.

Material Notes

Tweed (from an old sport jacket), cotton saten, invisible zipper, lining,




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Other
Cotton, Blends


JDH Photography
TrueMagic Make-Up Artistry by "Chance"
Hair by Karen Kennedy
Janell Ramsey

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    Feb 3, 2011, 08.18 PMby aakmensah

    I had too pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing the finished dress. I saw the design before hand and I cannot believe you achieved that stunning dress from just a blazer! I’m really jealous because i get that “vision” of what i what my end piece to look like but i don’t take into consideration what i can actually achieve, so it never looks quite right. but your end piece looks just like the design i am really impressed ,you have the eye and natural talent to create your “visions” to standards fit for royalty.

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      Feb 4, 2011, 01.00 AMby kelepso

      Awh, Thank you so much. I put a looooooot of effort into my work to make the parallel between the sketch and garment.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 07.59 PMby yesicap416

    your amazing <3 i wish you the best darling.

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      Jan 26, 2011, 05.54 PMby kelepso

      Thank you yesicap416

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    Jan 22, 2011, 04.13 AMby cantare

    This is SO beautiful, flattering, creative, and fashionable! Congrats, kelepso on your steps to the runway! Can’t wait to see your name in some fashion week headlines!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 03.15 PMby kelepso

      Awh! Thank you!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 11.21 PMby smallone

    At Goodwill’s everywhere – there’s a run on men’s tweed jackets! – this is awesome!

    The collar is brilliant….but did you use the sleeve linings as side panels? – that is as, if not more, creative!!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 03.17 PMby kelepso

      No I didn’t, but I can see how it can be interpeted as such. The solid brown fabric is a cotton sateen. It was purchased at Joann’s.

      BTW- I love shopping at thrift store and Tweed is one of my favorite fabrics.

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      Jan 23, 2011, 07.38 PMby smallone

      yes the thrift store purchase rocks….i find it somehow frees one up creatively….its like what the heck it was only $2 anyway :)…..although I am not nearly this creatively inspired – your dress is just so cool!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 10.17 PMby peaches2218

    My most sincere congratulations! I wish you the very best of luck. I’ve been so impressed with the construction of all your projects. Your attention to detail is what makes you shine. I trust PR will notice it too! I’m out of the country and can’t watch the show, and up til now I’ve been mostly okay with that, but I admit that if you make it to PR I’ll be sorely disappointed not to be able to follow your work! I’d vote for you in a heartbeat!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 03.18 PMby kelepso

      Thank you peaches! When (speaking positively) I make it on the show and win, I will personally mail you a DVD of the season. My promise.

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      Jan 22, 2011, 08.09 PMby peaches2218

      I would love that. I’m crossing my toes for you! ;)

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    Jan 20, 2011, 05.36 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    love the freaking structure of the neckline!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 06.14 PMby kelepso

      Lol! That’s great! Thank you!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 04.59 PMby jeleena

    wow! What else to say than: WHAT A GREAT DRESS !? :)))))))))

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      Jan 20, 2011, 06.14 PMby kelepso

      Thank you jeleena!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 04.54 PMby ladykatza

    I love it, very nice! I like the sculptural look to the bodice of the dress. And the bag? That is amazing looking.

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      Jan 20, 2011, 06.15 PMby kelepso

      Thank you! The bag isn’t my best work. It was very difficult to sew all those think fabrics together.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 03.42 PMby Dagostini

    Excellent work!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 04.46 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Dagostini!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 10.45 AMby Lora Martinez

    I LOVE IT!!!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.42 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Lora!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 03.49 AMby marloncosta

    awesome! You did a great job!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.42 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Marlon!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 02.54 AMby rifka

    What a great talent you have. Truly.

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.42 PMby kelepso

      Thank you rifka!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 09.18 PMby iheartkristin

    u r so very talented to put ur vision together so perfect! n so creative. i saw ur videos n now that it’s all together i dont think anything couldve went better with the outfit than that shoulder pad bag! im routing for u!

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      Jan 19, 2011, 11.51 PMby kelepso

      Thank you iheartkristin. It took a lot of work and dedication.

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    Jan 19, 2011, 07.54 PMby Testosterone

    What a metamorphisis!

    Your model is rockin’ it, knockin’ it, and clockin’ it!

    That’s one-shoulder with attitude! This is why you the runway needs you.

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      Jan 19, 2011, 11.50 PMby kelepso

      Thank you testosterone :-) She did a fantastic job!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 07.28 PMby assets

    Well What can I say you have excellent talent. The dress and the Bag well they look so cool all the best of luck for getting on Project Runway….. They stopped showing it in the UK at season 6 so only get to watch online now. I look forward to watching you. :-)

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      Jan 19, 2011, 11.50 PMby kelepso

      Thank you assets! I’m hoping to get on the show too. Season 9 will be the best yet!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 04.59 PMby candyjoyce

    Big respect for all the work you’re doing and I really hope you make it to Project Runway. I would LOVE to see you on there.

    I watched a couple of your videos about the making of this dress and bag and it’s great to see the finished look, it really is outstanding.

    I adore the dress, you’ve got me thinking about heading to the charity shops to see if I can make myself something similar out of a Mens jacket!

    All the Best, Candy

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      Jan 19, 2011, 05.05 PMby kelepso

      Thank you soooooo much Candy! That’s really touching. wipes tear drops – seriously :-)

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