Project Runway Challenge #2


After watching this week’s episode of Project Runway, I felt much more inspired and confident than the last. I actually started sketching ideas out and making notes while I was watching and tweeting and I think that was the biggest help. I also felt better acquainted with my HP TouchSmart 610, and more of my attention was focused on my design instead of how to create my design.

This week’s challenge started off with a trip to a discount pet supply store. Everyone (including me) immediately thought they were going to be designing for animals. Huh-uh, WRONG. Each designer was given a $300 budget and told to buy pet to supplies to create their garment, muslin was also allowed for the base fabric.


What I Bought:
• 1 leather leash
• 2 dog beds
• 10 lbs. black fish gravel
• 2 lbs. white fish gravel

First, I took the dog beds apart at the seams and created a form-fitting shift from the black fabric backing. The side seams have round edges and three inch slits. Then, creating what might be the heaviest mini-dress in history, I took the black fish gravel and hot glued it to majority of the dress. I made sure to leave a four inch wide panel untouched in the front to attached the white gravel, which I had previously spray painted gold. Then I took my leather leash, painted it gold as well, and created a crisscrossed halter to help hold (the imagined) weight of the dress up.



Shoes: Wess by Sam Edelman
Bracelets: Omens Bracelets by Gretchen Jones
Ring: Color Block Bolt Ring by Marc by Marc Jacobs


This week I also ventured into the land of piperlime shoes and accessories that the contestants have access to. I wanted the shoes to be dramatic without taking away from the garment. The jewelry also needed to be fairly simplistic, and I love these pieces.

So there you have it! Did you watch this week? What would you have created?


You can check out my Week 1 outfit here.

Full Disclosure: HP provided me with a TouchSmart 610 for use. All content and opinions are mine. I have not been financially compensated by HP or Project Runway.

  • Ez

    August 8, 2011 at 10:58 am Reply

    Oh my goodness Kelly! I absolutely love your outfit and use of pet store items! You clever kitten you!

    • Kelly

      August 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply

      thanks, Ez!!

  • Addie

    August 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm Reply

    this turned out soooo good!

    • Kelly

      August 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply

      thank you, it was fun to design!

  • Ali henrie

    August 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Wow! I love all your project runway looks, you really would do well on the show.

    • Kelly

      August 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm Reply

      thanks so much, ali! i can handle the sketches, the actual sewing and fitting i think i’d fail miserably at.

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