I am so glad that sewing has made such a comeback in the last ten years. As a teenager I was very shy, and often apologetic about the fact that I sewed. It just seemed so 1950’s housewife – not what I was going for at all. So it’s been interesting for me to watch this huge shift happen in the past decade as it has become cool to DIY, make your own clothes, knit, craft, and want to be a designer. I think there are probably many reasons why this has happened, but I give a huge amount of the credit to TV shows such as Project Runway for making it cool again to be crafty.
I watch both Project Runway and Fashion Star religiously. Both have pluses and minuses, but here is my overall take:
Maybe it’s because it has so many seasons under it’s belt, but I am able to take Project Runway a little more seriously than the other show. I like that a greater amount of the focus is spent on the creative process and less on the judging portion of the show. I just love watching them shop and sketch and “make it work.” It’s very inspirational to me. I find myself trying to figure out what I would do in the challenge and sizing myself up against the competition.
Another big plus for me is Tim Gunn. He’s just the best.
All that being said I am sick of some of the crazy challenges that they have like the chip n dale one a few weeks back. It seems like over the years the show has become more about reality tv drama and less about talent. Those who make the most noise seem to stay around a longer.
Fashion Star is just in it’s second season and I really hope it sticks around. This season is already much better than the last (which included a lot of 1980’s style colored smoke and dancers in the background). The focus is much more about ready to wear looks than high fashion. It has to be sellable – really the whole point of the show. The designers don’t actually have to make their clothing they just design it. That is a minus to me although some may argue that it is actually more realistic. They also have released some great patterns for home sewing through this show which I give them major props for.
The biggest let down of the show to me is the cheese factor. Jessica Simpson is one of the judges – enough said right?
Negatives aside, I am a big fan of all fashion design focused television. And so I wonder…
Are you guys watching these shows too?
What do you think about them?
Do you prefer one to the other?
Are there other sewing shows out there that I don’t know about? If so, do tell.