Project Runway Challenge #3


Three weeks into the Project Runway challenge and I feel like I’m getting the hang of this thing. I feel much more inspired if I sketch out ideas as I’m watching the show, and creating my design on the HP TouchScreen 610 is taking significantly less time. This week the contestants were tasked with creating a garment for a stiltwalker. I know. Not only were they fighting the shear height of the model, but they also had to take into consideration that it’s easy to get tripped up – literally – while walking in too much fabric. (The PR contestants were paired off for this challenge, I’m working solo.) After a brainstorming session everyone was off to Mood with a $500 budget.

Right off the bat I knew that I wanted something with movement and volume. Color blocking also seemed like a great idea. I started off by making a long strapless A-line dress in bright poppy red raw silk. With the dress form considerably more close-fitting than the volume I was about to create, I hoped to lessen the chance of the model falling. Once finished I started attaching tiers of gathered matching red netting from the waist down, then I proceeded to attach neon pink in the opposite direction from the waist up. No need for killer shoes with this outfit, so I finished everything off with a skinny snake belt from the Piperlime wall. Here’s the result:


 Thoughts? What would you have created?


Watch episode 3 here and see my designs from weeks 1 and 2 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.

  • adele

    August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am Reply

    Love your sketch & the dress xoxo

  • Nicole Longstreath

    August 15, 2011 at 10:55 am Reply

    Gorgeous! Now you’ve inspired me to find a way to get a tablet …

  • Rene

    August 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm Reply

    I like using sketchbook pro when i draw on my computer. And I love the fact that you are doing a new design along with project runway. i wish i had cable! These ideas of your are wonderful and really fun to see!

    • Kelly

      August 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Rene!

  • Cristina

    August 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I love that you are doing this! If I was any good at figure drawing I would totally join you 🙂 My favorite look is still the one you did for the pet store challenge…p.s. I just purchased those Sam Edelman’s last week! I was pumped to see them in your post <3

    • Kelly

      August 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm Reply

      love those shoes!!

  • Missy

    August 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Wow Kelly! That’s gorgeous! Part of the reason I love the show is that I get so stymied by the challenges and I’m fascinated by the designs that come out of it.

    • Kelly

      August 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Missy!

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