On Thursday night, the first-ever Project Runway Junior premiered. We couldn’t believe that these 13 to 17-year-olds are so young—they’re just like miniature versions of the adult Project Runway designers! And they have tons of fashion knowledge beyond average teenagers. Seriously, most adults couldn’t hope to make a fancy evening gown, and they definitely couldn’t do it in one day!
Along with Tim Gunn, who said that he needed 12 “Tim Gunn Saves” to keep every designer, we were super-impressed with these designers. But, there are a few that really caught our eye, and we see them going all the way to the finals. Here are our top three picks for the designers we think are going to go far.
She might be the youngest designer at 13-years-old, but Maya has fashion know-how beyond her years. Although Tim Gunn isn’t a huge fan of the color mauve, Maya worked with the color beautifully for her runway piece. And that cutout of the New York City skyline? Modern and sew cool.
Even though he comes from a small town in Kansas, Jaxson seems to have a sixth sense of what’s trending. We looooved his skirt that showed New York City buildings during the day and lit up at night, and the crop top looked perfect with it. Can we order his runway look, like right now?!
Meet Jaxson and Samantha!
Samantha is from Queens, NY, so the New York City challenge was a breeze for her! She seems to really get street style. We would totally wear her crisp white top with cropped jeans—so simple, and yet, so incredibly chic. Way to go, Samantha!
Click here to see some of the looks from the runway, courtesy of Project Runway’s Instagram. We can’t wait to see more from these young, talented designers! Be sure to take notes and get some inspiration of your own.
Which designers do you like the most? Let us know what you think of #ProjectRunwayJunior!
-post by our super chic contributor Shelby Deering
Hey, girls! We know that your bedroom is a special place, where you can express yourself and show off your awesome personalities. So, wouldn’t it be cool to have a whole room to yourself, just for sewing and getting creative?! These people on Instagram did just that, and we think the results are pretty amazing. Get inspired to create your own sewing corner in your room and decorate it in a way that makes YOU sew happy!
Hint: use page 34 - 35 of Sew Fab to get started with finding the colors, sounds, smells and tastes for your new creative space!
1. @mermaidbayinteriors // The retro feel of this studio is just way too adorable. We love the flowery chair, the vintage record player, and the quirky artwork.
2. @abbybusybot // Tons of inspiration in this studio! The big “HUSTLE” letters might just motivate you to sew a little bit faster, and the little pieces of artwork are great to look at while working on a project.
3. @simple_and_pretty // So light, pretty, and simple. We love those embroidery hoops—what a creative way to show off your work!
4. @themodernjune // An inspiration board is pretty much a requirement in a sewing studio, right? We love this one with artwork, quotes, words cut from magazines, and of course, a picture of a pair of scissors.
5. @GoodHousekeeptingTV // This blue wall just goes POP! With the pink lamp and the colorful spools of thread, this room says, “happy.”
6. @chapelcottagechicks // This mini studio proves that you can create an area to sew from just a little corner of a room. And it looks really cute, too!
7. @lovelydoodle_designs // Awesome inspiration here! We adore the “SEW” letters, and of course, the unicorn silhouette against a rainbow.
8. @hellocreativefamily // Really-super organized space, and we definitely can’t resist that “I’m Sew Fancy” tote!
9. @booandbearbaby // Soft and dreamy with plenty of color, this is a peaceful little spot that’s perfect for making masterpieces.
10. @schninschnagquiltsandmore // This cheerful studio is filled with vibrant hues, complete with a banner and a really cool little quilt. Color us impressed!
Send us a photo of your sewing studio for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post!
-post by our crafty contributor Shelby Deering
I know that I've posting lots of events and news these days. I promise to post more original content soon :). In the meantime, I'm excited to share that we'll be in Washington DC with fun Sew Fab Book Signing and Sewing Workshop this Sunday. The event is being organized by my friend Jamila from Stitched with Style. Get your tickets here & spread the word!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
2810 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
I'm headed to Oakland with Sew Fab! If you are in the Bay I'd love to see your face:).
Sew Fab Book Signing
Sunday, October 25th 2015 1:00PM - 4:00PM
1714 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
I had the distinctive honor of selecting the winners of the Sassy Spectacles Contest for Kiki Magazine! It was great fun looking through all the entries. Congrats to the winners Yazzy, Flanery + Jane who will each get an autographed copy of Sew Fab to spring their love for fashion to new heights! Thank you Kiki Magazine for involving this eyewear-obsessed creative cookie😎.
Be sure to pick up the October/November issue of Kiki to see more.
This is 'sew' ex(sight)ing!!!
I met Tereneh Mosley designer for Idia'Dega about 11 years ago while living in Pittsburgh. We quickly found a way to partner and eventually became friends. She was smart, stylish and had great hair! Time flies but luckily some things stay the same. As the years have flown our paths have led us both to fashion. We were delighted to show her latest collection, Eni (Hers), at Warehouse Gallery during New York Fashion Week. Tereneh's work is alluring and collaborative in every sense.
Hi Tereneh; how are you?
Great! A bit of jetlag and reverse culture shock. This time last week I was in a tent in rural South Rift Valley in Kenya and today I was walking around NYC. But overall I am really thrilled to be back here and also to be back at Warehouse Gallery. I learn so much for you and Kamau, even in one day I learned something new about the collection and presenting work. It is wonderful.
We are excited to feature the Eni collection at Warehouse Gallery! We have been fans of your work since you started designing. Please tell us a little about your new collection.
And I am a fan of Warehouse! Thanks. The new collection is all about the way the OMWA ladies Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans always look so stunningly beautiful, timelessly elegant and feminine. The layers of dresses and kangas (Swahili fabric), their jewelry, no matter what they are doing. They can be gathering wood and they look like they could walk down the runways of Paris, they are so well put together. It is amazing. So the collection has to do with those elements of dress but also little extra feminine, colorful touches that you can add to make something even more special. So for example there are little beaded shoe clips, you can add a clip to your basic black pump, for some color and texture, a bit of something new and unexpected. We are also really about less, buying less, we are eco! So the idea is how to get one or two things to change the wardrobe, add elements to your wardrobe rather than recreate your look every season. I think individual style is more important than fashion. Even the women of OMWA, they have basic wardrobe but they wear their clothes differently. I can tell who is coming something just based on how their kanga is draped over their shoulders – J may show more shoulder than E, for example. I love that about how we dress, it is or it should be so personal not conforming.
I understand that you’ve spent 2-months in Kenya working with the Maasai women, in a village, to create this lovely collection. How did the collaboration come about?
I was lucky enough to have done my master’s thesis research and design work in Kenya, through a Rotary Foundation scholar program, ten years ago. I made great friends in Kenya, stayed in touch so when I finished a recent stint teaching in Asia I flew through Kenya rather than straight to the US. This was in 2013, I had emailed a group called SORALO, a Maasai-led conservation group, dedicated to the social, cultural, environmental conservation of the Maasai. They work with groups all over Kenya and has just formed this collective of women artisans in Olorgesailie. So in 2013, I went to Olorgesailie and literally “sat ‘round the circle” of women for weeks until one day, Esther Mpuyuk or “Chairlady” as she is called asked me why I kept showing up. This was all in Maa, which is a language I am still learning to speak. So anyway, I think me showing up all of the time and my patience helped them to trust me. So in December 2013 not long before my visa expired, we started sketching out ideas for our first collection. Which was a challenge in a way because most of the women of OMWA had never held a pencil because they had not gone to school. So we had to combine our design processes together to make something happening. We have just finished our second collection and are still redefining that process.
What advice do you have for young fashionistas interested in perusing a career in fashion?
Be curious about the world. If you only love or get jazzed about clothes, fashion is not for you. Fashion is about the woman wearing the dress, about the life she leads wearing that dress, not about the dress – Chanel said something to that effect. So true. You have to be curious about everything, everything. Design comes from everywhere. Watch, observe, sketch. Also think about the future of fashion. Where will it go based on climate change, shifting economic power and culture? One of my students in Asia said to me, “We won’t be able to wash our clothes in water, because it will be too precious to use, so what will our clothes be?” I think that is an interesting problem to be solved.
Completed dress at Warehouse
Bottom -- Kamau Ware (@kamauware)
Team Creative Cookie is excited to participate in the 9th Annual Children's Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum with Sew Fab! If you're not familiar with the Fair it brings together Brooklyn authors and illustrators of storybooks, picture books, and YA titles! There will be hands-on activities and photo opps for children of all ages (plus it's free)!
I'd giggle with glee to see you there! Please save the date:
Saturday, November 14th
Noon - 4PM The Rubin Pavilion