Last night's red-hot finale of Project Runway had us drooling over all three of the designers' collections. While we're not in the business of dishing out spoilers (you've gotta go watch to see who won!), that doesn't mean we're not using the final looks as major sources of inspo at the sewing machine. Here's what we're starting ASAP.
Sure, you've been gifting dad a tie since you were, oh, four. While it may feel a little been-there-done-that, making that tie yourself — in a fabric that pops and totally channels his personality — changes the game completely. And if you're really feeling the love, you can go the extra mile and make two or three!
This week gave us our first peek at the designers’ final collections, and we’re beyond excited. Even though we still have to wait for the final runway show, we’re ready to start making NOW with these projects inspired by the designers’ works in progress.
Between the interactive, larger-than-life rooms and the big, bold looks coming from each designer, this week's episode of Project Runway has us revved up and ready to create. If your fingers are buzzing with maker mojo too, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Designing for models and a high-fashion runway is obviously tons of fun. But creating dream dresses for everyday women — especially those who give their all serving their communities — gives creative satisfaction a whole new meaning. That's exactly what the designers were tasked with this week, and their gorgeous dresses (and the awesome women who rocked them!) have us feeling inspired to twirl in our own eye-catching DIY looks.
The designers tapped into the spirit of social causes this week, reminding us that creativity is one of the most powerful ways to make a meaningful statement. Below are just a few ways to raise your own creative voice and let your message be heard!
Glitter, sequins and fringe — oh my! It was all glitz and glamour this week on Bravo's Project Runway, as the designers created larger-than-life looks inspired by Sir Elton John. Now, we're busting out our own notions to make these beyond-fabulous projects.
Sun, sand and style — it's all coming in waves thanks to this week's Project Runway episode. After watching the designers create cohesive beach, day and evening looks that oozed vacation vibes, here's what we're making for our own great escape.
A charity gala. A Venetian ball. Heck, even lunch at a high-end restaurant. When the time comes to dress to the nines, elegance is the word of the day. This week the designers were challenged with creating a look that embodies the idea of elegance and elevates any occasion. Their gorgeous creations definitely left us in a feelin' fancy mood — here's how we're taking advantage of it.
Game on! In this week's episode of Bravo's Project Runway, the designers created their own video game characters — complete with an imaginary world and mission — before designing a look to match. We came away totally inspired to be our own mission masters with these fun projects. So that's exactly what we're gonna do.
Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
When a basic concept — like casual streetwear — mashes up with high-fashion style, it's total genius. And that's exactly what we saw this week on Bravo's Project Runway. Steal a hit of inspo and upgrade your own street-savvy creations with these inventive ideas.
Once you've found your way around the basics of a sewing machine, the craft is wide open for you to explore. Seriously! If you're nervous about garment fitting, wary of fancy fabrics, or not so sure about zippers, we're here to say: go for it. Pick a project and proceed with confidence — these tutorials are here to make it all go right.
Pillows are one of the easiest sewing projects you can take on, yet they instantly add a touch of personality to any room. All you have to do is decide which ones fit perfectly into your space — and yeah, you can totally say all of them.
Makers — and their lucky friends — have loads of love for homemade gifts. Sure, these projects are totally gorgeous. But maybe even more importantly, they show you care way too much to just pick up something mass-produced at the store. Bring on the personal touch!
Everyone knows about the universal presser foot that comes with a sewing machine. But that's not the only foot ready for fun — these options help you navigate through even the most complex sewing jobs, one gorgeous stitch at a time.
It was all about surviving in style this week on Bravo's Project Runway. The designers were tasked with making unconventional materials look cooler-than-cool, and as usual they did not disappoint. Take a cue from their outdoor adventures with these projects that are all about nature and, well, going just a little bit wild.
If you're mad for plaid, or love a good gingham, then the latest episode of Bravo's Project Runway won't disappoint. Designers went big and bold with an editorial take on prints: think head-to-toe looks that don't hold back. Here at Bluprint, prints are basically our love language, so naturally we're feeling super inspired to bring a little more pattern into the world.
Talk about forward-thinking! In the latest episode of Bravo's Project Runway, the designers made it clear they aren't afraid to take a peek at the future, what with their cutting-edge designs, techniques and accessories. Neither are we — here's how we're channeling all the creativity from this second challenge into our own capsule collection of out-of-this-world ideas.
Sure, you can make beautiful clothes and accessories by sewing straight seams. But if you want to tackle scooped necklines or round pillows and clutches, you need to be curvalicious. Here's what you need to know.
Unless you're a circus contortionist, you may need to unzip, unbutton, untie or otherwise open up a fitted garment in order to wriggle into it. Closures like zippers have an important function, but they're also a fun way to give a garment a little personality. Think about what's in your stewing stash: You probably have some buttons in there that you can't wait to use!
If you want to be taken seriously as a clothing designer, you need to both show and tell. Whether your goal is to go to fashion school, start your own business or audition for the next season of Project Runway, you won’t get far without a killer portfolio.
If you find that some patterns are a tad too snug in the sleeves, don’t blame your arms — they’re just fine! The problem is the pattern. Commercial patterns are designed to fit average proportions. And not everyone is average, or wants to be. Fortunately, reworking the upper arm of a pattern to fit your dimensions is a quick and easy fix.
Sewing should make you feel happy, productive and totally in the zone. What it definitely shouldn't do is kill your back. But without a sewing-machine table that fits your body, all that hunching forward is eventually gonna cause some misery. You need a table that gives you support in all the right places.
It’s official: Bravo’s Project Runway is heeeeere! While we knew this season was going to be good — we seriously couldn’t stop talking about it — the premiere episode was EVERYTHING we've been waiting for with its hot runway, new judges and fresh crop of designers and models. If we had to say only one thing after the first episode, it’d probably be the raise the roof emoji. It was that good.
Elastic is one of the great inventions of the modern era. Think about it: We no longer need suspenders to hold up our pants, or garters to hold up our socks and stockings. Getting squirmy babies dressed is way less of a struggle. And the stretch of elastic makes clothing easier to wear — not to mention way more comfortable — whether you're sewing underwear, building bathing suits or constructing workout clothes.
Every craft has it's own lingo, and sewing is no exception. If you want to sew a jacket, you've got collar notches, a collar roll, a collar gorge, and more. Brush up on alllll the key elements (who knew there were 37 parts of jacket?!) — it'll make things so much easier when you're actually ready to pull out your machine and start sewing.
If we had to choose one fashion-related TV show to watch over and over (and over) again, it’d be Bravo's Project Runway, no question. From the dizzying time challenges to the blow-your-mind designs, each episode has us feeling more motivated than ever to create.
We've all been there: A pattern tells us to staystitch and we, um, don't. Given that staystitching is done on a single layer of fabric and doesn’t even show in the finished piece, skipping it doesn’t seem like a big deal. How important could it really be?
The outer construction of a garment gets all the likes. But no dress, coat or pair of pants would look nearly as good (or feel nearly as nice) if it weren’t for the interlining, lining, facing and interfacing.
Faded fabrics can make your hand-sewn quilts look lackluster. Don't let your fabrics suffer this sad fate — these hacks are all-natural, using ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Genius!
To make a skirt or dress feel sexier — or heck, more comfortable — there's one insanely easy trick: adding a slit. That little change can totally shift the mood of a garment depending on what type of slit you choose. Think about it: there are short and saucy slits, pencil skirt slits, even thigh-high maxi dress slits. And don't forget about your tops — adding a slit in a side seam can take a shirt from fitted to feeling much more casual.
If you're looking for a quick and gratifying sewing project, knitwear is an excellent place to start. After all, knit fabrics are pretty easy to fit and usually don't need fiddly closures. With knit fabrics there's not a lot standing between you and a garment that's so comfortable you may never want to take it off.
Sheer fabrics like muslin and chiffon add a touch of easy-breezy elegance to any look, but TBH they're a pain to sew. They can bunch up from the first stitch and mess up your technique so you think you'll never sew a straight seam again. Or they can sink into the needle plate, making it nearly impossible to backstitch seams so they don't come undone.
Wearing chiffon is effortless — it’s so luxuriously airy and soft. Working with chiffon? Not so much. Whether it’s made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers, chiffon can be so troublesome on the sewing table that newbies are typically warned to steer clear.
Fleece has a fabulous way of making even the laziest armchair athlete feel like an Olympian. The best thing about fleece — besides its awesome colors and extreme coziness — is that anyone can wear it, and not just when it's skiing or snowboarding weather. (Think freezing-cold movie theaters in summer.)
Satin is known for its beautiful drape, glossy finish — and steep learning curve. This fabric is notoriously tricky to cut, has a tendency to fray and snag, and never lets you forget your mistakes thanks to those permanent needle holes!
Between the notched lapels and the precise tailoring, a blazer might seem like a strictly pro-level project. But sewing a structured jacket isn’t nearly as tricky as you might think. In fact, most of the skills required are ones you have likely tried — and nailed! — in other sewing projects. And just like any new sewing challenge, mastering a blazer comes down to patience and practice.
If you're an all-day-every-day type of hand sewer — or even if you're the total opposite — chances are you've had to hand sew a hem. There just isn't a machine option that measures up to doing it by hand, it looks beautiful (seriously, the definition of couture) and, if done right, is almost invisible when seeing the whole look.
Let's talk about princess seams: They're elegant, glam and totally classic —oh hi, Grace Kelly — and they're an easy way to add a serious dose of style. All you need to do to bring some princess-seam action to your garment is to start with a basic pattern, convert a few darts, and boom! You've just created your own chic, form-fitting design.
Here's an everyday nightmare: You're sewing along, making great progress, when suddenly your fabric disappears into the abyss. The underbelly (or maybe the bobbin or throat plate) of your sewing machine ate your fabric!