Friday, June 26, 2020

Designer Interview: Liesel of It's Liesel

We're super excited to share a new series with you...Designer Interviews!  We LOVE the designers of Project Run & Play Seasons so much, that we decided to bring them back occasionally and ask them questions.

We're going to start with Liesel of It's Leisel.  She was a designer on Season 16.

What have you been doing since your Season on Project Run & Play?
Having a baby who is now a busy toddler, moving, keeping up with the rest of my kids, and sewing at a slower pace.

What was your favorite part of your experience on Project Run & Play?
Making whatever I wanted! After years of pattern testing and promoting, the requirement of creative freedom was a breath of fresh air!

What would you have done differently on your Season if you could do it over?
Not second guess my choices. I tried to add more some weeks, but knew deep down it wasn't needed. And the week that was my favorite creation, still is, was the week I was eliminated! I have no regrets about what I sewed for that challenge, and am glad that I went out with something I'm proud of, instead of having a regret about it.

What did you learn sewing skill-wise from your challenge?
Figuring out how to make something just how I wanted it, like a lined "V" panel insert. I took my knowledge of sewing a v-neck, and enclosing seams in a lining, and put it all together. Those kind of skills were fun to see come to life. Something I probably wouldn't have done just for every day sewing.

How did your family react/help during your experience?
My family was very supportive! My girls were always willing models, and gave lots of input, and my husband was always up for me leaving for a photoshoot when he got home.

Did you have any ideas that totally bombed and you had to switch gears?
I made a gathered high-low circle skirt with ruffles and invisible zipper, out of giant black and white polka dot fabric, that I still think is super fun, but it just wasn't feeling right, so it never showed up in the challenge.

Thank you Liesel!  Besides reading her It's Liesel blog, you can find Liesel on Instagram.

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