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1  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: April 24, 2007 08:26:28 PM

I auditioned last year in Chicago, and got there about 9 am...I was around 100 in the line like you, and we didn't get in until 2 or 3 as well...and it was totally freezing!  Again, not sure where it was last year but it was at the Westin hotel last year right on the lake and I didn't realize I'd be waiting outside for hours and hours and I thought I was going to die...

It was at the Westin again, but it was relatively warm this time.  The rain stopped about ten minutes after we got there, which was excellent, particularly for all those people (NOT me) who were filling out their twenty-page applications in the freaking line.  I can't imagine trying to do that whilst juggling a garment bag and umbrella.

Seems like they've changed the process a little from last year.  We had a person talk to us, then go to a pre screening, and then we got on an elevator upstairs where we were fitted with microphones and then we waited in another line to see the real judges - producers, tim gunn, and nick (shit what's his last name...oh I'm terrible)  That really blows that you didn't get past the pre screening - hope if you try again next you that you will! Smiley 

Honestly, I wasn't upset at all.  I got to watch the screener at work for a bit and she seemed to know her stuff.  She was very complimentary, gave me good advice, and made me promise to come back.  It was a lot better than "That's not what we're looking for, thanks."  So I was pretty thrilled.

How were the real judges?  Were they nice?
2  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: April 19, 2007 08:03:07 AM
i stopped by the audition line in new york to check things out at the end of day 1, and there were only about 10 people in line at that point (approx 5pm). Granted this is not necessarily a bad thing - it could mean that fewer people are applying, but we dont know that it means there are less quality applicants... could be that the people who really have no chance are staying away.

Thought I should add to this - if there were ten people outside, there were probably between thirty and fifty people inside the hotel in various stages of the process.  In Chicago, anyway, once you got inside you went up to a table and gave them your name and e-mail address.  Then you went into a room and sat around for a while.  Then you went up to a guy and he asked you a question, and put you in one of two lines.  My line went to a pre-screening table - you either got past the pre-screeners and were sent into another room, or you didn't, and you got to go home.  I didn't make it past pre-screening (they liked what I had in my portfolio, but there just wasn't enough of it), so I don't know what other hoops there were to jump through.  At the time, though, I'd have to say there were at least fifty designers just standing around waiting to get through to Tim.

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say anyone who'd tried to join the line after that last ten designers had been sent away and told to come back the next day.  It was a really long, slow process.
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: April 19, 2007 07:49:37 AM
I think it just depends.  I was number 111 in line in Chicago, and we got to the hotel at maybe a quarter after nine.  And I didn't actually get inside the hotel until after two in the afternoon, so I have to wonder how many people they can really see in a day.

The friend who came as my moral support said afterwards that she was pretty "whelmed" by the other people in line.  In retrospect, I agree.  (At the time, I was so freaked out that no matter how bad the sewing or design of others' garments were, it still seemed better than mine!)  There's one designer I can think of that I truly hope to see on the show, but by and large, no one really leaped out at me.  I'm hoping that I just missed seeing all the standouts, though, and Chicago will represent well.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a Weighted Jacket For an Autistic Child on: April 01, 2007 06:15:17 AM
Thanks, guys!  Unfortunately, he is not a little boy as I had thought, but a big boy.  A big, teenage boy who goes to a regular high school.  So an ordinary vest is probably out of the question. 

I did make a prototype just to see - I made it out of stretchy jersey (it was actually those old t-shirt sheets), and just interfaced the pockets so that they'd keep their shape.  I made it in my own size and tried it on just to see - it didn't show at all underneath a hoodie, but I didn't manage to get enough weight on the shoulders, so I'll have to work on that.  The jersey was kind of nice, actually - it allowed me to make a tight-fitting garment, and I think that helps you feel the weight more.

I only had four pockets on the torso and one on each shoulder, though.  I may have to add more pockets.
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: March 20, 2007 04:37:50 AM
Thanks, you guys!  Oh my god, so much sewing to do...  I will not be the girl who walks in with just a sketchpad of poorly thought out ideas...
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: March 16, 2007 01:35:03 PM
I'm probably not going to make it past the first round of auditions.  There is, in fact, a distinct possibility that Tim will look at me, shake his head, and tell me to get out.  But I'm still going to Chicago.  Why?  Because that little voice in my head keeps telling me "If you keep piling up tomorrows, all you'll have is a lot of empty yesterdays."  So dammit, I'm going.
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Project Runway 3 (see first post) on: March 05, 2007 02:02:00 PM
I have to say, I COVET that Victorian shirtdress they show on the second page.  I covet it FIERCELY.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Making a Weighted Jacket For an Autistic Child on: March 05, 2007 12:08:26 PM
A friend of mine recently came to me looking for help.  Her younger brother is autistic, and her family is looking for someone to make a weighted jacket to help his sensory integration issues.  I've done some looking around, but all I really know is that the weights should be on the shoulders and upper back, almost giving a hugging sensation. 

Ideally, I want it to look basically like the rest of his clothing.  I'm not sure how functional he is, but he's going to come into contact with other people, and presumably other kids, and it doesn't make his life easier if he looks like a freak.  I'm tempted to add a bit of quilt batting to even out the bulk and make sure he's not being poked by any weights, but I don't want it to be too heavy or warm. 

What else should I know?  Has anyone got any experience seeing these in use?  One vest I saw had riveted "fidget-proof" buttons; should I be looking for something like that?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Project Runway Craftalong? on: February 02, 2007 08:32:44 AM
I know.  I feel like a bad thread mommie.  I let NaNo distract me and then I went and got a job and then I spent a million frigging hours trying to crochet a sweater for Christmas...  If there is interest, though, I'll try to revive it, and I'll be a better mommy, I swear.

I still remember all the challenges.  'Cause I'm a PR nerd like that.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: it's fall! that means soup! post your favorites here! on: December 13, 2006 09:27:18 AM
i managed to make a delicious and totally ad-libbed lentil & bacon soup recently ...

You inspired me to make a yummy bean and bacon soup for dinner the other night.  Thanks!

[edited to throw in a quick kinda recipe]

You will need: 


*Two or three cans of white beans (I used three, 'cause I like it beany, and went for the cannellini, as they are bean perfection in my eyes).  Drain 'em.

*One can black beans, non-drained (the juice adds color and flavor)

*Chicken or veggie stock

*One leek



*As much garlic as you feel like mincing (I used five cloves)

*A little bit of flour

*Butter or some other additional fat if you're using turkey bacon or bacon substitute.

The how to: 

Fry up your bacon.  I made nine pieces all together, as I had turkey bacon and was desperately trying to get some fat into the pan.  Turned out the bacon was just too lean, so I took the bacon out and threw some butter in.  When the butter melted, I added some flour, and stirred it until it was darkish brown  (Due to the bacon fat, it didn't take long).  Then add your chopped carrot, leek, and celery, and your minced garlic.  Stir and stir and stir and stir until it's all coated in your roux.  Then add your stock:  I used chicken, probably about four cups of it (It was hard to tell, as the measuring cup no longer has lines on it due to too much washing).  This will cover the veggies, but it'll still be fairly thick.  Add beans and bacon, and stir it up.  If you realize that your soup is much thicker than you'd like, add more stock, or even water if that's what you've got to do.  I left it to simmer for about half an hour, stirring occasionally, to get the flavors to blend in together.  Then I checked seasoning, adding pepper and a little salt.  Then I covered it back up and let it keep simmering, because it was still an hour before anyone would want dinner.  The simmering actually made it really really good, because the flavors just blended and merged and everything got a lovely bacony smokiness to it.  Keep stirring, and check flavoring if you feel the need. 

I would let it simmer for at least half an hour, but you could probably leave it all day and it'd still taste pretty good.  It fed five people, and I've gotten two additional lunches for myself out of it.  It's a great next-day leftover type of food.

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