Thursday, September 19, 2013

Southern Style - My Project Runway Doll Project Season 12 Episode 9

The designers on Project Runway were somewhat stumped this week when asked to design a look for the modern southern woman. Since I've been living in the south for the past, wow, 24 years, I hope I did a little better understanding the client. Although in this weeks episode the two "southern designers" were both in the bottom.

When I went shopping for fabric this week Ron and Brodie went with me and they both gravitated to this blue and white print that gave me a real Nautical feel. I don't know if my Virginia Beach roots leads me to connect the south with the Navy but I instantly thought of updating a sailor suit dress for the modern southern woman.

I wanted it to be something she could wear to church, because we all know dressing for church in the south is important, they don't call it the Bible belt for nothing. I still wanted it to be fun and flirty enough though for an afternoon event so I opened up the back, which i thought was kind of different in the realm of sailor suits. The other twist was I kept the classic knot but modernized it by moving it up to the shoulders. Of course it has pockets.

The original design was going to be double breasted with buttons but Ron, my personal Tim Gunn, stepped in and told me to use an editing eye which inspired me to go a different direction. So here's how it wound up:

What do you think? Would this work for the Belk customer? Would Heidi be impressed? Would Zac think it's too much? Do you like my new model? Let me know your feedback in the comments below!

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