Friday, August 21, 2020

Designer Interview: Jenny of Made of Starlite

 It's time to interview another talented designer!!!  Today we get to go in depth with Jenny of Made of Starlite.  She was a designer on Season 21.

What have you been doing since your Season on Project Run & Play?

Pattern testing, working on the awesome PRP Lookbooks, replenishing my fabric stash, and hanging out with my awesome family.

What was your favorite part of your experience on Project Run & Play?

Designing collections! I completely LOVE designing collections. Multiple pieces that mix and match and coordinate just gives me all the happy feelings, and makes buying fabric even more exciting 😆

What would you have done differently on your Season if you could do it over?

Hmm, I probably would have edited my last collection and done the photoshoot sooner. It was absolutely insane, coordinating six families, battling rain, sewing pieces right down to the night before, and then cramming the shoot into one hour! I don't like feeling that frazzled, so I would definitely have been a little more rigid about getting things done early to give myself breathing room.

What did you learn sewing skill-wise from your challenge?

I conquered sewing vinyl! I did a raincoat and a vinyl backpack, both of which I have wanted to try for quite a while. It was both more challenging than anticipated, and simple! What worked for me was using tissue paper to wrap the seams. The scotch tape trick did squat 😜

Any make-it-work moments?

For my final photoshoot, I have 5 little girls coming over, one of the dads setting up a studio in the living room, two other moms doing hair and make up in the kitchen, and the "Elsa" model shows up in ratty, hot pink slippers. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I had carefully gone over footwear with all the other families, but completely forgot to talk about it with my sister-in-law, who had dropped her daughter off on the way to an appointment across town. So my little niece ended up wearing my son's black crocs!! Later, I bought her a neutral pair of shoes to keep at my house for future photoshoots 😏

Advice for future competitors?

Design things YOU love! You are the one putting in the time and effort. It doesn't matter how many people vote for your look if you aren't happy with what you produced.

Can you share a photo shoot story or any photoshoot outtakes?

My kids playing on the floor next to me while I worked!

Here's one of my awful "straight out of carmera" photos from week 3 that I spend HOURS editing so that they were usable!

Did you have any ideas that totally bombed and you had to switch gears?

In week 3, I originally planned a sequin sheath dress! But the more I worked on it, it just wasn't looking age appropriate. Really, where is an 8 year old going to wear that? So I ended up chopping it in half and turning it into a crop top and skirt with biker shorts; both of which have gotten plenty of wear between my daughter and my niece! No one has ever accused us of being underdressed 🙃

Thank you so much, Jenny!!!  Besides following along on Made of Starlite, you can be inspired by Jenny on Instagram here.  

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