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My Journey to Project Runway - Larger Than Life

Added Jan 19, 2011

by kelepso

Miami, Florida, ...






Project Runway Season 8 | Episode 2

Challenge Name | Larger Than Life

Challenge | In this episode, the designers were challenged to design a garment for the “Marie Claire” woman. Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, states “For this challenge Marie Claire wants you to design a look that tells the audience in a single brief glance who the Marie Claire woman IS. She’s intelligent. She’s practical. She’s fashion forward, confident and sexy.”

My Entry

For this challenge, I was inpsired to design a dress inspired by a building located in the Miami Design District. The building houses the retail furniture store of Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. I admire the architecture and asymmetry of the building; and thought it would make a great concept for this garment.

For the very first time, I created my own pattern using the draping techniques. Since I’m inexperience with draping, I created a muslin (sample) for this dress first to figure out the design and details, prior to creating the final garment. I also took a risk and cut the fabric on the bias to create a beautiful drape on the fabric. I say it was a risk, because I’ve never cut fabric on the bias and based on a tutorial I read online, crepe fabric was not recommended.

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Material Notes

Crepe, Sequence Fabric, Cotton, Zipper, Felt, lining




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Rock, Romantic
Cotton, Other


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

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    Nov 18, 2011, 07.59 AMby hwoodjusto

    wow, excellent idea…love the unique details….looks like something you could see on the runway…nice!

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      Nov 18, 2011, 04.43 PMby kelepso


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    Apr 8, 2011, 08.45 PMby tinybows

    I think you really hit the mark on the challenge description. Honestly, I could totally see something like this winning a round! It’s unique, edgy…but also very wearable and it could be translated so many ways. You truly have talent and I want to be rooting for you on Project Runway one day because you’re more talented than a lot of the people I’ve seen on the show.

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      Apr 8, 2011, 09.53 PMby kelepso

      Thank you. You’re sweet!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 04.15 AMby cantare

    YES. Yes, this dress is intelligent, lovely and I want it! Please give me the link when it’s for sale :) …oh, and when I have a bit more money to spend…

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      Jan 22, 2011, 03.21 PMby kelepso

      Thanks. Will do! Lol!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 10.23 PMby peaches2218

    The photos make the details a little difficult to see well, but it looks like a very wearable dress. Sometimes for PR wearable isn’t the most sought-after description, but in this case I think it’s a good thing, especially if the edgy details are more noticeable in person, and I suspect they probably stand out when you’re close up. I will say, this dress is stunning on your model. She looks just radiant! Best of luck!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 03.23 PMby kelepso

      For the next couple of projects I intend on doing something a little more “avante-garde” – so to speak. I need to make sure I get some garments in my portfolio that will make them stop in their tracks.


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    Jan 20, 2011, 02.28 PMby lizah

    this dress is so gorgerous!! I love the back, great job!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.43 PMby kelepso

      Thank you lizah!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 12.38 PMby nettevivante

    kelepso! i love the back! this dress is marvellous and your model looks wonderful in it!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.44 PMby kelepso

      Thank you nettevivante

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    Jan 20, 2011, 02.47 AMby rifka

    Great design. The model is GORGEOUS and pulls it off really well. You have my vote, best of luck!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.44 PMby kelepso

      Thank you again rifka

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    Jan 20, 2011, 02.01 AMby caramia-made

    Wow so cool! And I can definitely see your vision inspired by that building. Best of luck on the auditions – the Burdastyle community is behind you! :)

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      Jan 20, 2011, 02.17 AMby kelepso

      Thank you mia007! I appreciate your support!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 10.42 PMby lila-1

    awesome, and good luck :)

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      Jan 19, 2011, 11.19 PMby kelepso


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    Jan 19, 2011, 06.36 PMby morphomixstress

    Since you’re auditioning (I assume), I’m going to give you some constructive criticism. I love the dress, I really do. The accessories however are juvenille. They don’t say “woman”. At least not enough for my taste. If I could wear this dress I’d have a solid colored wrist-lette bag from Coach (or another high end brand) and some coordinating silver jewelery.

    I think you’re going to make it onto the show. Oh, and don’t forget to snip all the threads before you photograph. Fantastic dress!

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      Jan 19, 2011, 11.12 PMby kelepso

      Yes, I am in the process of building a portfolio to audition for the show. Per your advice – I definitely didn’t want to play it safe with the accessories. I definitely understand how the clutch could read juvenille. That’s a great thought and although I would consider changing the clutch, I wouldn’t change anything else. I wanted the acessories to POP! And the unfinish hem is intentional. I thought the dress looked to sweet, so I left the hem undone for fun. Nonetheless, maybe the threads could have been more controlled and even all the way around. Thanks for your advice. I appreciate it. I’m hoping to make it on the show too ;-)

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      Jan 20, 2011, 05.34 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      i’m loving that hem, i didn’t notice the threads until i read morphomixstress’s comment… i like raw edges, but with the structure of the top so streamlined i could definitely see this without threads!

      ps: did you use your bernina for this? are you loving it?!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 06.19 PMby kelepso

      @ oonaballoona – I went back and forth about finishing the hem or leaving them raw. It was tough. So I decided to take a risk.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t received the Bernina yet. Currently, it’s being shipped. Hopefully, I’ll have it next week prayerfully

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      Jan 21, 2011, 10.26 PMby peaches2218

      It’s funny. I read that hem as a satin ribbon, not as unfinished. When I go back and look super closely, I can see that it’s unfinished, but I think it would look great with a satin facing, much like how bridal petticoats are usually finished.

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    Jan 19, 2011, 06.28 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    amazing dress and styling! good for you&best of luck!!!

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      Jan 19, 2011, 06.35 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Liora!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 05.16 PMby stuffit-1

    kelepso, this is so absolutley great! Adoreable! Perfect going toghether! Really, it’s wow!

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      Jan 19, 2011, 05.21 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Stuffit-1. I definitely wanted to give the dress a edge. :-)

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