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Topic: The "clothes for normal women" on Project Runway  (Read 7526 times)
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Polybeadry
« on: August 24, 2006 02:45:43 PM »

Did anyone see the episode where they had to design clothes for "curvacious" women? It was hilarious and sad at the same time.
No wonder its so hard to find decent plus size clothing: designers don't know how to make clothes that don't fit anything but a perfect dress dummy.

The only outfit I liked was the one Uli made. The other ones looked mumus or something! And the attitudes of some of the designers was atrocious!

Anyway, does anyone know how to make something like what Uli made? I thought it was gorgeous.

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thebagfairy
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006 04:14:02 PM »

do you have a link to the pics from that episode?

I like the outfit Uli made, too. The monochromatic color pallete actually seems to elongate the body, very slimming! I totally didn't get that one outfit that looked like a hunter's orange men's shirt, shredded to look like a vest/scarf thing over a completely black outfit. it is kinda sad the way designers and clothing companies approach plus size clothing: let's make it black and ill-fitting cos after a size 12 we just aren't going to try anymore! Before torrid and lane bryant, plus sized clothing was geared toward a 60+ age group, very disconcerting for a (then)15yrold Sad

Uli's tunic looks fairly straight-forward, maybe just a big square of fabric with a v-neck and a short seam on either side.
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chocolate_snaps
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2006 04:38:53 PM »

I agree Uli should have won. It was really sad to watch this show in particular. Its a shame that designers TODAY dont understand, respect or even tolerate that MOSt of the women in the US are NOT models, we are size 14+. I also didnt find it surprising that on of the designers with smaller "everyday" women won. Oh yeah and she was German just like someone else on the show...hmmm who could it be?
This episode left me disgusted but made EVER so clear why I need to learn to sew.
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sew-enchanting
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006 04:41:18 PM »

I found it really discouraging, how some of them were acting - like we plus-sizers don't deserve nice clothes!  I think it was Jeffrey (the one who was so rude to Angela's mother) that was the most perplexed - and the most condescending.  Figures.

I liked Vincent's dress, too - flattering (although I'm not sure how "plus size" Uli's mom is!).  I LOVED Uli's outfit - she's very talented with color combos.  If I had seen the pink and tan, not sure if I would have tried it.   I really like the end result, though - although I could do without the necklace.    Here's a pic:

http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/rate/    (actually, this is "Rate the Runway" for this week...can't figure out where there's just a pic to link to...)

The overblouse looks like it could be draped rather easily without a pattern.  
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imthemonkeyqueen
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2006 04:43:01 PM »

I agree, that show was wicked sad. The designers acted like plus size was a four letter word. The looks on their faces when they were told what they had to sew was the worst. If it wasn't for Torrid I think I'd be wearing a mumu.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006 04:55:23 PM »

Here's my impressions on the episode...

LOVED Ulis outfit for Kaynes mother. The pink with yellow brown green swirly with the strips, VERY flattering on her.

 

LOVED Vincents outfit for Ulis mom, looked very nice on her.

 

Eh Laura outfit for Jefferys momGood idea but the waist was so high

 

Kayne for Michaels mom. Loved the coloring, a bit plain I think. But nice.

 

Angela for Lauras mom, so plain and bleh. fringes on a soon to be grandmother od 6, ah no.

 

Roberts for Vincents sister, good idea, but I think she looked bigger than she was you know. Typical big woman clothes. Bleh. black tank with a uhge orange coverup...could have done more.

 

Jeffery for Angleas mom, well it looked like she had on 2 shirts that were all lopsided. Weird

 

Michael for Roberts sister. A reversible dress. Freaking awesome! I didn't really like the fabric white and black stuff, but it was great.

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Polybeadry
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006 06:19:34 PM »

What I thought was interesting was that so many of them didn't even try to give them any cool necklines. I mean these ladies have curves, let's show them off!
I think one of the judges even mentioned that. Its like they just assumed that larger women want to completely hide their bodies.

And the lack of detail on some of the outfits was just perplexing.

I thought the outfit for Michael's mom was awful. The pants made her look stumpy, the scarf was matronly, and it was just boring. I didn't get it! At the beginning he even said that he liked that she had rhinestones on her shoes.

You guys think its hard to find good plus size clothes? Wait until you get pregnant and have to buy plus sized maternity clothes, its a complete nightmare! The only good stuff I could find was at motherhood maternity.

Oooooh....that would be evil wouldn't it? To make them design clothes for very pregnant plus size women?

And is it me, or does jeffrey seem like he just hates women?

Here's a link to all the outfits.
http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/rate/
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ingysoup
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006 06:32:59 PM »

I had never watched this show before this morning, which I guess were two reruns, but included the show you all are referring to.  I was/am disgusted.  On the first program (not the one you are referring to) the blonde designer was axed.  She and the man from Parson's were saying how "big" her model was.  Wha?  Huh?  She had to make some outfit out of paper...and apparently it didn't suit her "large, non-shapely body."  OMG!

And then the family members:  I actually was so disgusted that I couldn't really pay attention that much.  The one woman's dress with the beige lapels was nice but was she supposed to be *plus sized*?  Yeah, no, just a normal woman I guess....And the woman in the black shift with the orange/reddish cape/poncho thing --I could have done better than that!  With a trash bag!

This shit makes me sick.  Just another coin in the fountain of ever so skinny, ever so unattainable...expe nsive crap!  Won't watch again!

*sorry for the rant*
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LuckyLally
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006 06:39:28 PM »

I was hoping there would be a disscussion about the "normal women" episode in this topic.

It was just bad....I am making a mental note to learn how to sew for a multiple body types.
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Juniper
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2006 06:44:27 PM »

True, Jeffrey might be one of the more egotistical men on the show, but at the same time, Angela's mom was so annoying!!!!!  Let the man try to design something!  He based it kindof on the outfit she was wearing when he met her, so I don't know why she was so upset about it.

Just my 2Cents.
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