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Project Runway Challenge #4: Hats off to you

Added Sep 12, 2010

by michelleiswell

Portland, Oregon...






Sketch for 15 minutes
Shop for ½ hour with a $75 budget
Design a garment using the hat provided as inspiration
12 hours of sewing time

For this three piece garment I started with the cape. I wanted to use real leather, but my budget couldn’t afford it. I used faux leather instead and cut leaf/feather shapes out using an exacto knife. The skirt I used matte back satin and made the print using fabric markers, it has pockets too! The easy, breezy tank is constucted from jersey, and I plan on making TONS of these for myself… just so flattering.
This whole outfit, with hat will be in a professional photo shoot some time in the upcoming weeks, so it isn’t for sale as of yet. I am remaking the cape in navy leather for the photo shoot, it will hang and drape so much better.

Material Notes

Faux leather, jersey, satin, ribbon.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Blends, Leather/Fur, Knits/Jersey, Satin

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    Sep 15, 2010, 08.21 AMby mayadaughterofsun

    This creation is sooo beautiful and interesting! Bravo!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 12.37 AMby artemis-ivorywings

    My fav out of your “Project Runway” set. Absolutely adore the colors!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 11.49 AMby mimica

    I am absolutely in love with every piece. Well done!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 05.09 AMby cantare

    Love this one! The skirt is so chic. A $75 budget? Wow, that’s a lot! Great job!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 04.02 AMby irmchen

    That’s just so amazing! No doubt – you are talented! I didn’t really understand all about the challenge. Is there some link to read about?

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    Sep 12, 2010, 08.59 PMby mlssfshn

    What about the hat? Would like to know about it.

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      Sep 12, 2010, 09.34 PMby michelleiswell

      There is only one Milliner in Portland, so I emailed her and asked if she would be so kind as to lend me one (of her choosing) for a couple of days. Her buisness is Pinkham Millinery and her website is http://www.pinkhammillinery.com/
      This hat was AMAZING!!! And a small fortune, I was so nervous my house would burn down with the hat in it that before I would leave I would unplug everything in my studio! You must check out her website… TO DIE FOR!

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    Sep 12, 2010, 07.24 PMby gaviccaabri


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