PR: Team Poor Coping Skills

Posted on August 12, 2011

We’re thinking of naming all the teams this week after psychology terms. We’re taking suggestions, but we’ve already established who’s on Team Passive-Aggressive

We really hate it when we come up with a good nickname for someone and then they get sent home.
Watching Fallene dissolve into a puddle of tears while Bryce pretended like he wasn’t in the bottom right alongside her last week and therefore has no business lording anything over her, it struck us:

She is TOTALLY Becky Conner, amirite?

Ah, well. Maybe it’s for the best. There’s already an actual Becky in the cast and if we spent all season calling Fallene “Becky Conner,” there would have been endless confusion.

And speaking of endless confusion…how about that … um… dress?

Yes, it sure was a wonderful idea to have a runway show on stilts, wasn’t it? Smell the elegance, bitches.

Dovima and Suzy Parker are puking in heaven right now.
We aren’t fashion designers or sewers, so we really can’t speak to the Drama of the Bodice. It seems to us that Fallene was being asked to do something relatively simple and couldn’t manage it in the slightest. Was Bryce a bit of a pill for being so testy with her? Sure, but he was fighting to stay in the game after almost getting auf’d and if your partner can’t handle either the technical aspects of the show or the stress of the competition, we can’t really get all that upset with someone for being less-than supportive or understanding in that situation. All things considered, he could have been a lot worse. Bert & Viktor (Team Passive-Aggressive, bien sur) are both talented designers and technicians and they couldn’t even agree on how to finish a sentence, let alone a dress.

Sure, the lack of a decent top really damaged this outfit, but let’s not ignore the other problem: THE BOTTOM WAS JUST AS SHITTY. We couldn’t believe Bryce was insisting on a tutu after his disastrous pee-pad debacle of last week. You’d think running as far away from a skirt like that as possible would have been the first thing on his mind. And who thinks a tutu looks good over a pair of pants? We realize that you pretty much have to make pants for stilts, but that would be your cue to ditch the tutu idea.

To Fallene’s credit, the hat really was kind of cute and it was the only thing of any interest in the look. Maybe she should consider applying for the upcoming Project Runway Accessories. We’re serious. She doesn’t seem to be much of a seamstress, but she’s definitely got some skill and some sense of design.

As for Bryce, we really don’t think he was out of line. Snotty when he complained to the whole room about her lack of schooling, sure. But like we said, the pressure was on him just as much as it was on her. Weepy, useless teammates don’t get the luxury of hand-holding and support in a competition like this.

She’s a sweet girl, that Becky Conner, and she has a quirky style that we’re interested in seeing more of, but this was the right decision, as far as we’re concerned. You gotta spend these early weeks cutting the ones who are obviously not going to make it to the end. You might point at someone you think is more worthy of the auf this week, but at this stage in the game, it’s just arguing over the order of sending home the obvious weak ones. If she hadn’t gone this week, she almost certainly would have gone the next.

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    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      Am I the first person to mention that Bryce give me a VERY Mitchell-from-season-six vibe?

      • Kyle Henry

        If I could recall anyone from season 6 (minus Gordana) I might concur. 

      • Kyle Henry

        If I could recall anyone from season 6 (minus Gordana) I might concur. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

        Mitchell… was he the straight guy with the silver pants that basically saved him from being aufed like twice? 

        • Victoria Sharoyan

          Hah, no that was Logan. Mitchell was the guy that made the hideous high-collared and entirely see through nightgown in the first challenge and somehow DIDN’T get sent home right away.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Gosh, I STILL can’t picture him. But I won’t be losing any sleep over it… 

          • Anonymous

            HA! Crooked faced, bow-legged Logan….oh yes…swoon

          • MilaXX

            That’s who I’ve been trying to recall. I totally see it.

      • Anonymous

        Oh Mitchell. I was just thinking of him last night. He was so bizarre… always goofing around, but no one seemed annoyed by it. Bryce is like… a less fun version of him, I guess.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        I’m just going to start calling Bryce “Mitchell” so I can marry my love of PR with MST3K.

        Mitchell’s on the corner…….Mitchell!!

        Hey, turn down the volume on that jacket, Mitchell.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        I’m just going to start calling Bryce “Mitchell” so I can marry my love of PR with MST3K.

        Mitchell’s on the corner…….Mitchell!!

        Hey, turn down the volume on that jacket, Mitchell.

        • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

          Go ahead on.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

          My,my, my, my, Mitchell!!  Ah, great memories of MST3K!
          bitchybitchybitchy

      • Anonymous

        OH!  I had to look him up to remember him specifically, but YES, he does come off a bit like him.  I always think of Bryce as a very nerdy Michael Pitt.

        Anyway…it took a second, but I remembered after a bit of reading.  He was the one teamed with Ra’Mon in a challenge (isn’t it the one that Ra’Mon dyed in the toilet???)–he did nothing, Ra’Mon did it all.  R ended up winning, and Mitchell ended up going home because he was useless.

      • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

        OMG, YES!  Honestly, Bryce should have gone home–he chooses a basic tube top over a somewhat wayward, but actually constructed bodice bodice?  Those are terrible instincts.  At least the actual bodice was designed, and thus, defendable.  And that skirt was just as horrendously made and executed, for my money.  Saying that you have training doesn’t actually mean that it sunk in.

        • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

          Agree.

    • shorty j

      can I just say that their model is effing adorable? Seriously, especially with the hat. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688150598 Elizabeth Siegel

        She WERQD that shit!

        • Anonymous

          Completely. I thought that if this team was spared it would only be because the model put some life into her walk.

      • Anonymous

        My wife and I immediately agreed that these women were far superior to the models from previous episodes, stilts or no stilts.  More energy, more WERQ, and frankly prettier.  

      • Anonymous

        My wife and I immediately agreed that these women were far superior to the models from previous episodes, stilts or no stilts.  More energy, more WERQ, and frankly prettier.  

    • http://aimeewrites.com AimeeWrites

      To speak to the technical aspect of the bodice, the fabric she was using appeared to be really slinky and difficult for what she was trying to piece together.  Bryce was probably right about her lack of formal training being the issue, and you really need to be able to work with whatever kind of fabric is thrown at you on a show like this, right?  I felt so bad for her, though.  She’s so sweet, and she bit off more than she could chew.  I’d LOVE to see her on the Accessories show.

      • http://twitter.com/Varekai97X Jill Keller

        Plus, I think she chose the fabric.  At least she was talking about wanting a muted polka dot while she was in Mood.  It’s possible that Bryce then found the actual fabric, but she probably should have turned it down if it was something she hadn’t worked with before.  I also thought she was one of the nicer contestants, and I admire her for the fact that she accepted responsibility for not being able to perform.  I would have liked to see what she might have done with a partner who would have done a bit more coaching.  Bryce tried to do a little teaching, but he seemed way more interested in bitching about her to everyone else.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          This happens every year — someone (generally self-taught, but not always) falters on a construction issue during the team challenge.  There’s a technique or something they don’t know, and when someone else designs it, they don’t know how to construct it.  Rather than saying, “I don’t know how to do that, so if you want that element, you’ll have to do it.” they try to do it and fail, screwing the whole team.

          • Anonymous

            I’m always surprised when the member of the team who has the education doesn’t say “[This technique] is when you take [this] and do [that].”  A lot of times, it’s a matter of terminology.  Miss Clinique Counter helped his partner with a quick ruching technique and she said “Got it.”  Then they both moved on with creating the craziest pants in PR history.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Exactly!  If you don’t know how to do it, ask and if it’s something that can be explained quickly, the problem is solved.  And if it’s not, then your teammate knows what you can and can’t do so they can work on things you can’t.

              And there are some pairs who have done that very well.  Michael Costello and Mondo last season worked very well together in that regard.

            • C S

              Sadly she did ask and he just told her ‘be sure you go with the grain’.  He didn’t help her.  Or, hey, suggest she cut all the pieces from a straight shot of fabric, side by side.  It looked like she was trying to conserve fabric and shoved all the pieces together willy-nilly when she cut them.  Sad and could have been avoided if he’d just taken a minute to show her and mark how the grain went on that fabric and said ‘cut them all running this way’.  Frankly, I think he was trying to not help her.  Competition and all.

          • Anonymous

            But grain of the fabric is such a critical, fundamental thing to know. It’s not a technique it’s a basic thing you need to know before you even cut the fabric.   It’s like trying to write a novel without knowing the alphabet.

            • Anonymous

              So very true and very well said.

    • Anonymous

      This sucks and all I can think of when I look at it is It would have been fun if somebody had done a swimsuit and sarong. I don’t know why?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

        Or a bellydancing outfit! That would have been wicked fun.

    • Anonymous

      Hated her first week challenge outfit as well.   meh to the 2nd pet store outfit and while I honestly do not understand what they were saying about the cutting (at least in the terms they used) I do not understand why they couldn’t make a new one in the 2 plus hours they had

      • Anonymous

        It looked to me that she did re-do the top but re-did it wrong again.

      • Anonymous

        Grain. Even home-sewers learn about grain, it’s the FIRST thing you learn when you sew. On every pattern is an arrow you put down on the grain, it’s the way the fabric is woven. Take a piece of fabric (you can use your shirt) and look at it, you may need to use some reading glasses or a magnifying glass. You will see the fabric is woven horizontally and vertically, like a Triscuit cracker. You have to cut either straight across on the weave of the fabric, or completely diagonal (on the bias, more terms!), for the fabric to lay right when sewn together. If you don’t, it will pucker and not stretch the right way. Slightly off and it won’t fit or drape correctly. Thing is, it’s not that terribly hard to learn how to cut on the grain, he even showed her, and she didn’t get it. I can’t believe she got on this show without knowing that. But, she did, and she’s gone, so that’s that!

      • Anonymous

        Grain. Even home-sewers learn about grain, it’s the FIRST thing you learn when you sew. On every pattern is an arrow you put down on the grain, it’s the way the fabric is woven. Take a piece of fabric (you can use your shirt) and look at it, you may need to use some reading glasses or a magnifying glass. You will see the fabric is woven horizontally and vertically, like a Triscuit cracker. You have to cut either straight across on the weave of the fabric, or completely diagonal (on the bias, more terms!), for the fabric to lay right when sewn together. If you don’t, it will pucker and not stretch the right way. Slightly off and it won’t fit or drape correctly. Thing is, it’s not that terribly hard to learn how to cut on the grain, he even showed her, and she didn’t get it. I can’t believe she got on this show without knowing that. But, she did, and she’s gone, so that’s that!

        • Anonymous

          Tignor, I’m totally with you on this.  Bryce was talking out his ass a bit about the ‘schooling’ bit…’self-taught’ doesn’t always equate to ‘makes it up as she goes.’

          I’m a self-taught sewer and quilter…but I taught myself from books, videos, and my own experience.  I don’t know how anyone who sews cannot know about grain!  Hell, it’s marked right there on the pieces of the patterns anyone can buy for a few bucks…to keep you from screwing up.

          He was wrong to whip out the snotty schooling comment, but he was right in essence…if she doesn’t understand this, even after being shown, she really has no business in this type of competition.

          But he better step it up, or he’s going to be headed out the same door that just hit her in the backside.

          • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

             Isn’t Anya also self-taught? And many, many other PR alums? Yeah, his ‘self-taught = automatically bad and unreliable’ attitude is pure lameness.

            • Anonymous

              Agreed, but to not know about grain is ridiculous when your on THIS show.

            • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

               Not knowing about grain is ridiculous when sewing anything.

            • Anonymous

              True enough.

          • http://twitter.com/lmcscout lmcscout

            I don’t wonder if this whole grain bit was maniulated by the producers.  We mostly saw Bryce harping on it so much.  I would bet that  Fallene does know how to cut – how could she not and sew clothes well enough to be picked for the show – but selective editing made it appear that she didn’t know what Bryce was talking about.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. I don’t sew but I bind books, and there’s a grain to the paper as well that needs to be accounted for. Some papers are easier to figure out than others, however. It was her fabric (rayon?) that gave her the problems. That, and her VERY annoying lack of self confidence.

        • Anonymous

          Amen! Not because she’s “self-taught” but because she can’t sew worth beans. I am a horrid at sewing yet even I know   about grain. Fallene’s lack of knowledge on that alone was enough for her to be auf’d. Yes, the cute little headpiece ended up being the best part of the outfit but the girl has no idea how to make an outfit…of any kind. Though I agree with T Lo she should be on the accessories show. She could be brilliant at that.

        • Logo Girl

          I was “mom taught”, and when I was five and started making doll clothes, she explained all of this, in the same great detail. She knew that you couldn’t do much without this knowledge. I don’t know if she learned from her mom, from Home Ec or from books. Probably the last. A self-taught or home sewer has no excuse for not having clarity about the essentials!

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      It was a terrible design and a worse choice of fabric.  I was not surprised by the offing.

    • Anonymous

      It was sad seeing her melt. Well at least she took ownership of her failure.

      However I agree, that his half of the design still looked pretty bad. It’s a pity Bryce was too nervous to be open to most of her ideas. If I recall she wanted to put more color into this thing and he thought they had enough

      and Cindi: yes I got the Mitchell as vibe as well

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, maybe. But Bryce’s constant “I just got out of Skoool so I know ”  was just annoying.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        I was tempted to start taking shots to the term “Against the grain” instead of the “Make it work” like I usually do. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m glad you didn’t. You’d still be drunk, or in a coma.

      • Lies L.

        Yeah. I don’t know shit about sewing and I know how fabric is constructed and what the grain of a piece of fabric means, so Bryce, shut up.

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

           He’s an elitist but constructs a garment like a 7th grader… at least within the confines of the challenges. I remember the pieces he brought with him to be absolutely beautiful. He doesn’t seem to respond well to pressure. At all.

      • Lies L.

        Yeah. I don’t know shit about sewing and I know how fabric is constructed and what the grain of a piece of fabric means, so Bryce, shut up.

      • Lies L.

        Yeah. I don’t know shit about sewing and I know how fabric is constructed and what the grain of a piece of fabric means, so Bryce, shut up.

      • Lies L.

        Yeah. I don’t know shit about sewing and I know how fabric is constructed and what the grain of a piece of fabric means, so Bryce, shut up.

      • Anonymous

        True.

    • Anonymous

      This was the biggest no-brainer aufing in the history of the show.  I just wish Bryce had been aufed along with her.  Actually, I wish he had been aufed last week for the heinous pee pad skirt.  He may have gone to design school and may know how to cut fabric on the grain, but apparently they didn’t teach him anything about actual design, or taste, at school.   Their model was working the hell out of it, though.  Props to her.

      • Anonymous

         I’m with you. I wanted him gone for his terrible attitude. He ignored
        her suggestions with regards to color (sorry, but you don’t need
        training to recognize that the colors he insisted on were blah), he
        created a horrible skirt, and while she may have been auf’ed anyway, his
        approach to  her weaknesses pretty much guaranteed it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        A double aufing of Fallene AND Bryce would have WERQ’d for me, too.  Despite his training, neither Bryce’s design skills nor his choice of materials-fabric or pee pads- impress.

        Fallene was definitely a goner-I suspect she figured out that this kind of competion wasn’t really for her.
        bitchybitchybitchy

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

          Yes, I think that he should be THANKING her for not being able to finish the bodice.  Because, even with a finished top, I think they still would have been in the bottom, but then it’s his stupid tutu that gets HIM sent home, rather than her, because she wouldn’t have been willing to take all of the blame (plus, they liked her headpiece).

        • Anonymous

          But didn’t Fallene choose the fabric that was supposed to be the bodice? I seem to recall her convincing him to get the muted polka dot fabric which eventually became the belt / wrap.

        • Anonymous

          But didn’t Fallene choose the fabric that was supposed to be the bodice? I seem to recall her convincing him to get the muted polka dot fabric which eventually became the belt / wrap.

          • http://twitter.com/Varekai97X Jill Keller

            Yes, but that’s because he wanted to do all black.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, I know. I was responding to the post above that it was his choice of materials. They did work as a team at Mood when she picked the colors. At that point, I thought they’d stage a comeback and would win, but then it went all downhill from there.

            • Anonymous

              That’s true.  Actually, I was kind of making an assumption–just based on what she wore on most days, and not on anything that she actually said–that she was trying to find a compromise between her really liking bright colors and patterns, and Bryce wanting to stick entirely to black.  I thought she was trying to meet in the middle…but, again, that’s not based on what she said, just on what she wore!

        • Anonymous

          But didn’t Fallene choose the fabric that was supposed to be the bodice? I seem to recall her convincing him to get the muted polka dot fabric which eventually became the belt / wrap.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        A double aufing of Fallene AND Bryce would have WERQ’d for me, too.  Despite his training, neither Bryce’s design skills nor his choice of materials-fabric or pee pads- impress.

        Fallene was definitely a goner-I suspect she figured out that this kind of competion wasn’t really for her.
        bitchybitchybitchy

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BC7QJMCQBTG5HNTKRGWOVOH4SY Kathryn

      She PICKED the fabric.  Maybe she hasn’t done enough sewing to know it was difficult, but “no formal training” does not mean “can’t sew or design.”  I have no formal training either (I don’t think 4H, Home Ec or miscellaneous classes at expos count as formal training), but I can find the grainline of a fabric–it’s perpendicular and parallel to the selvage.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        Like honestly. It really bothers me when people who went to college say that. I went to RISD, but that doesn’t mean that someone who learned how to sew with their mom or someone who picked it up themselves can’t sew. There were crappy graduates of RISD too. (I’m not one of them, lol, but still)

        Also, the look Anya gave Bryce after the 45th time he said “on grain” makes me want to give her a high five.

        • Anonymous

          and wasn’t winner Seth Aaron self taught? He did amazing things with fabric!

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          My mother canNOT sew AT ALL — in fact, when she was young she worked at a fabric shop and had to sew a piece a month, her sister did it for her.  And yet she can find the grain and understand how it works. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/lenoradody Lenora Dody

          I took a sewing class in college but unfortunately what I learned is I can’t sew. I wish I could but no such luck. One of these days I’d like to try knitting but I’m afraid I’ll be just as bad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

          And, Anya is self-taught as well…and, I think we’ve established that Bitch Can Sew.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

          And, Anya is self-taught as well…and, I think we’ve established that Bitch Can Sew.

    • Anonymous

      Their team-up is an example of not playing to everyone’s strength. Yes Bryce has the better technical training but it seems like Fallene’s sensibilities was better suited to the challenge

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        This is like the one challenge those ridiculous jodhpurs would have worked and maybe won.

      • Anonymous

        Really good point. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh dear god! No kidding about the skirt being a bigger (ha) problem than the bodice. I can’t believe that she was so far off grain, on what appears to be checked or striped fabric that it would make any kind of difference.
      That being said I thought the stilt walker did a rather good job showing the dress. 
      And I loved what Jolene was wearing.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I think that if she had finished the top it STILL would have been in the bottom, and I think she was more right on about the pop of color than he was. I think it would have been an ugly bodice and very boring. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: And who thinks a tutu looks good over a pair of pants?”

      Someone who’s auditioning for a part in ‘Black Swan II: Dinner Theatre on Staten Island’. 

      Here’s what I think about Bryce not helping Falline with the bodice: He didn’t help her because HE couldn’t do it either! For all his superior education (cough cough), look at that shitty tutu!  A tutu has got to be one of the easiest things to make and he couldn’t even do that. What he was attempting to do was a lot easier than what she was tasked to do. So he hid behind her not being able to do it and pretended she was dragging him down, and was a real schmuck about it, trying to curry favor with the cool kids in the lunch room with his tales of woe. Schmuck.

      Poor Falline, she didn’t have the skill set at the ready to construct quickly. But she also might have been too delicate for a cutthroat competition like PR. She was a goldfish in a talk of pissy piranas.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t thought of that but I think you might be right–if he saw that she was having trouble and it would be easy for him, why didn’t he make the bodice? Also, she was right about the pop of color–it needed something–and she made a nice hat. Hmm. Maybe Bryce was hiding his difficulties behind hers. Certainly, she was heading for an aufing. Maybe he’ll get his next week.

        • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

          I feel sure the judges are not impressed with him. Just a matter of time before he’s auf’d, too.

          • Anonymous

            I hope you’re right!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QF4Y553ZONNUZJN5AVBU6VY33U Renee

         I think pissy piranas is my new favorite phrase and I’ll be employing it widely.  Thanks Gotham Tomato I’ll be sure to credit you for it’s use when my clients get me grouchy. 

        Oh yes and Bryce was indeed being a brat and that tutu was a travesty.  Even the college freshmen I used to teach sewing to in the theatre dept. costume shop would laugh at such a mess.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t consider that Bryce wasn’t able to do it either, but it’s a good theory. I sure as hell explains why he didn’t just do it himself.
        And, holy cats! His complaining about it to everyone in the work room made me want to pummel him. I get he was frustrated with Fallene, but he looked like a petty grade-schooler. He’s not just a schmuck. He’s a piss ant-schmuck.

        Fallene looked absolutely relieved to be going. When she told everyone it was OK, I think she really meant it. Girl needs to get a grip and learn to live in the real world without falling apart, but I still hated seeing her so miserable and freaked out.

        I predict Bryce’s time is short. I really don’t expect him to last much longer. Yay for that.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t consider that Bryce wasn’t able to do it either, but it’s a good theory. I sure as hell explains why he didn’t just do it himself.
        And, holy cats! His complaining about it to everyone in the work room made me want to pummel him. I get he was frustrated with Fallene, but he looked like a petty grade-schooler. He’s not just a schmuck. He’s a piss ant-schmuck.

        Fallene looked absolutely relieved to be going. When she told everyone it was OK, I think she really meant it. Girl needs to get a grip and learn to live in the real world without falling apart, but I still hated seeing her so miserable and freaked out.

        I predict Bryce’s time is short. I really don’t expect him to last much longer. Yay for that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_56DPRFBMRP4MZCICMG6X6GBMIA t_j_newton

        This. Entirely.

      • Anonymous

        Bryce basically made the same skirt he made with the poopy pads with a different material.  It’ was totally crappy, and he made Falline even more immobilized with his snotty attitude.  Just because you’ve gone to school for something doesn’t mean you’re good at it.  I won’t be sorry when he gets booted to the curb.

    • Anonymous

      I think Bryce deserves a lot more of the credit than you’re giving him here. He should have known. If you hand someone a project and, no matter how simple it is, they say “I can’t do this,” then you need to make some alterations. Fallene very clearly said “I can’t see the grain” early on and, instead of giving her something else to do or revisiting the design, Bryce decided to complain to other people about it. And then he’s so SHOCKED when the bustier or vest or whatever they were doing wasn’t cut on grain.

      • Anonymous

        Yep. Unlike Anthony Ryan and Laura who, when their hoop skirt wasn’t working, ditched it and went in another direction.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Either immature planning for the bus throw. Probably both.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I didn’t see her say that, but I might have been talking during that:)  If she told him she couldn’t identify the grain, he should have cut the bodice. PERIOD.  He didn’t have to sew it or fit it, but he should have cut it. 

        • Kathleen Gillies

          We are of the same mind….

        • Kathleen Gillies

          We are of the same mind….

      • Kathleen Gillies

        I just don’t understand why he didn’t just cut it himself and then have her sew it together.  Not everyone is a skilled cutter.  Why don’t they work together and apply each to their strengths?  That skirt he made was horrible.  Fallene was so overtired and overwhelmed she took all the blame for the craptastic design and yet, she made the only worthwhile part of it.

      • Kathleen Gillies

        I just don’t understand why he didn’t just cut it himself and then have her sew it together.  Not everyone is a skilled cutter.  Why don’t they work together and apply each to their strengths?  That skirt he made was horrible.  Fallene was so overtired and overwhelmed she took all the blame for the craptastic design and yet, she made the only worthwhile part of it.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, can’t really argue with the auf here. She seems sweet enough, but she doesn’t seem to be able to handle this type of competition. Loved the little hat she made.
      You know, when they decided to go a little costumey, I didn’t mind, because I didn’t realize the judges were interested in seeing high fashion for stilt-walkers, but the tutu was the worst idea imaginable because of the pants situation. The whole thing was just badly thought out. 

       

    • Anonymous

      She’s struggled for three weeks, I think Becky Conner was the correct auf this week. 

      Bryce on the other hand should have cut out the bodice once he realized her difficulty finding the grain, although that wouldn’t have improved the garment much and only delayed the inevitable aufing for another week.

    • http://twitter.com/connectinglines Me Again

      Fallene should have insisted that her bodice go down the runway.  I tend to think that the judges would have preferred a crappily-executed garment with some design to a black tube top that you can pick up for $2.50 at RiteAid.  If the judges hated the bodice, Bryce could have said Fallene made it and she would take the fall.  But at least she would have contributed an actual garment.  For doing nothing, she was certainly going to go home.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Be avant garde! Take a risk! Throw a micro-mini skirt over stilts down the runway. Or try to disguise the stilts as toe shoes.
      I did love it when Becky Conner told Tim that she had a black cloud over her. Quote of the night!

      • Amy Fee Garner

        Did you see when the camera panned out?  She was literally sitting underneath the black tutu, so she was ACTUALLY under a black cloud…. I think she was being funny!

        • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

          Yes, that’s why I found it humorous.

      • Anonymous

        But the judges weren’t looking for a risk or a crazy costume idea, more’s the pity.  THAT might have been fun.  They claimed to want freakishly long couture and then gushed with praise over an outfit for a gigantic elderly secretary.

        Let this be a lesson to us all, kids.  Just say no to crack.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. No way Becky Conner was gonna last, so I’m glad she was OUT this time. This stupid challenge would’ve been even more aggravating if a ‘contender’ had been auf’d. I love BC’s style though. The dress she was wearing was totally cute and she styles herself to perfection. I could totally see her making a career creating accessories because, as you say, her headpiece was the only good thing about that monstrosity. Lurching Black Swan….with cute hat. Blech.

      • Anonymous

        I know. I should wait for the Bert / Viktor thread, but I think I figured out Bert’s MO.  Throw everyone under the bus because the judges (Heidi) will believe everything he says. I don’t think poor Viktor stood a chance on that runway against Bert. Not that he was an innocent angel in the proceedings. I am quickly moving away from Team Bert (and yes, I’m a sucker for editing).
        Fallene’s great mistake here was just giving up. It was clear last week that she had no resoluteness, just saying yeah, it’s horrible, you judges are right. Come on! Look at the crap Santino defended for HOURS! People can talk about Bryce being a bully, but aside from that pop of blue, she wasn’t really going to stand up for anything. 

    • Anonymous

      I think Bryce knew he had been intentionally paired with Fallene, and going around gossiping to everyone about the grain thing was just to distance himself from her – a way of saying “I’m not unskilled like that.” Needlessly rude, and insecure, but perhaps understandable given the circumstance, and his reaction to this news was well-founded. Someone who could become confused at all about grain has no business being cast. She may as well have come up and said she didn’t know how to thread a sewing achine. It is not Fallene’s fault, but her “I’m out of it right now, I’m having trouble doing easy stuff I can always do” excuses were pure saving-face bullshit.  One does not forget how to cut fabric.  I am wondering if there were other issues with the bodice though. Unless the grain was significantly off in multiple different directions from piece-to-piece it would probably not have made the top all wonky, especially when it is 15 feet off the ground and there isn’t much need for razor-sharp perfection. Also, as someone else pointed out in another post, it would have taken Brice about 10 minutes to take an aside and cut the pieces for that BASIC BASIC BASIC bodice so that Fallene could sew them together. That bodice was scrapped for a different reason, and I’m curious as to why.

      • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

        Well, Bryce constructed a tube top when the other one didn’t work. Why not let Fallene make the tube top?

        • Anonymous

          This is in response to both you and Lois Paul. Fallene did not end up making a top because Fallene broke down and left the room. She even said in the show that she “let” Bryce do the tube top, then regretted it later because it was ugly and that’s why she then made the headpiece – because she knew they would be in the bottom, and she hadn’t even made anything. I’m not defeinding Bryce while trashing Fallene or anything, that’s just the way it went down. She didn’t even try to make another top, she let Bryce do it because she was freaking out over her lack of skills and deflated by the bodice debacle. You guys make it sound like she was fighting to make a certain style or something when really, she gave up. The crappy little hat you can find 10 better versions of from any Union Square street vendor wasn’t much of an effort to save herself, and the way the judges (well, MK) raved about it was a little embarrassing. It was a cheesy Saloon fascinator, not even done very well. I guess that really is a testament to how shitty the rest of the look was.

        • Anonymous

          This is in response to both you and Lois Paul. Fallene did not end up making a top because Fallene broke down and left the room. She even said in the show that she “let” Bryce do the tube top, then regretted it later because it was ugly and that’s why she then made the headpiece – because she knew they would be in the bottom, and she hadn’t even made anything. I’m not defeinding Bryce while trashing Fallene or anything, that’s just the way it went down. She didn’t even try to make another top, she let Bryce do it because she was freaking out over her lack of skills and deflated by the bodice debacle. You guys make it sound like she was fighting to make a certain style or something when really, she gave up. The crappy little hat you can find 10 better versions of from any Union Square street vendor wasn’t much of an effort to save herself, and the way the judges (well, MK) raved about it was a little embarrassing. It was a cheesy Saloon fascinator, not even done very well. I guess that really is a testament to how shitty the rest of the look was.

        • Anonymous

          Tube top came after failed bodice attempt number two and a lot of wasted material, plus Fallene was getting increasingly more frazzled.  It would have been better for everyone if Bryce could have found the right words to inspire her to make a kickass comeback, a la the gang rallying around Casanova after his hissy fit last season.  But I don’t think the right words existed for this situation.

      • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

        Well, Bryce constructed a tube top when the other one didn’t work. Why not let Fallene make the tube top?

      • http://blog.loispaul.com Lois Paul

        I honestly think Bryce (whom I thought was obnoxious) was insecure about what he was doing for this challenge, knew he was at risk, and smelled blood in the water with his partner who was dissolving into tears before his eyes.  He decided to let her totally fail to protect himself — if she did nothing, whatever he did would be enough for him to slip by, even with a bad challenge partner.  Just my opinion and, like I said, I thought he was obnoxious.  I will forever think of him as Grain now, as he said the word so  many times I was sick of hearing it.

      • Anonymous

        There was NO close up shot of the bodice when they finished it and were trying to fit it on the model, I also found that strange. You would think the camera operator would have zoomed in, so it leaves us all scratching out heads.

        Also, grain on polka dots would be much easier to cut than solid fabric, as long as the polka dots are printed on the grain (they usually are!) they themselves could be used as a guideline!

      • Anonymous

        There was NO close up shot of the bodice when they finished it and were trying to fit it on the model, I also found that strange. You would think the camera operator would have zoomed in, so it leaves us all scratching out heads.

        Also, grain on polka dots would be much easier to cut than solid fabric, as long as the polka dots are printed on the grain (they usually are!) they themselves could be used as a guideline!

    • Anonymous

      I’m no sewing expert, but I wonder if their fabric choice for the bodice was too flimsy and would have needed a stiffer lining, or boning or something else to make it work.  In other words, it might not have just been just a cutting issue.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        It did look like a slippery thin fabric, so maybe stiff lining would have been better to help her.
        Personally I would have made sure I was using a cotton fabric, cotton is easy to work with. I know I have better luck with cotton than other fabrics.
        But cotton’s not as easy as tulle, you don’t even need to hem that fabric. 

    • Anonymous

      How far are they into the taping in real-time at this point, I wonder? I’ve always been curious, but a breakdown this early makes me wonder about the schedule. They’re three full-day challenges in, plus one stressful twist audition before the judges. Okay, they’re probably a week into this by this point? Still, it just seems early for the nerves to be fraying from the stress and exhaustion.

    • Anonymous

      How far are they into the taping in real-time at this point, I wonder? I’ve always been curious, but a breakdown this early makes me wonder about the schedule. They’re three full-day challenges in, plus one stressful twist audition before the judges. Okay, they’re probably a week into this by this point? Still, it just seems early for the nerves to be fraying from the stress and exhaustion.

    • Anonymous

      If there is one thing I learned from watching the Royal Wedding is that the little head things are called Fascinators !!

      This was the silliest show yet, designing for stilt walkers but not using costumes,  who else wears stilts but circus performers I ask. 

    • Anonymous

      If there is one thing I learned from watching the Royal Wedding is that the little head things are called Fascinators !!

      This was the silliest show yet, designing for stilt walkers but not using costumes,  who else wears stilts but circus performers I ask. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        It’s going to be the next big thing in fashion! Women everywhere will be clamoring for stilts. The higher the better!

        • Anonymous

          I want to watch them running to catch a cab in NYC.  Or getting into the subway.  Or boating in Central Park. It could be a spin-off show.  Don’t steal my idea!

    • Anonymous

      Climbing out on a limb here – but I think this outfit might have worked (they were the only ones who tried something with the silhouette) if only the proportions would have been better/right. And I’m looking mainly at the pants. They gave the lower half of the model the appearance of a gigantic accountant with really wide hips. If they had just played with the “skinnyness” of the stilts in contrast to the fullness of the skirt-balloon-thingy? It might have looked like on of those exaggerated long-legged fashion-sketches.

    • Anonymous

      Climbing out on a limb here – but I think this outfit might have worked (they were the only ones who tried something with the silhouette) if only the proportions would have been better/right. And I’m looking mainly at the pants. They gave the lower half of the model the appearance of a gigantic accountant with really wide hips. If they had just played with the “skinnyness” of the stilts in contrast to the fullness of the skirt-balloon-thingy? It might have looked like on of those exaggerated long-legged fashion-sketches.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I think this design had a sliver of hope. The large tutu placed where it is breaks up the long-leggedness of a stiltwalker. I am not saying that the whole looks should have been exaggerated ballerina, because that would just be an outright Halloween costume which the judges are clearly not looking for in most PR challenges. However, with such a tall model for their work, they could have continued exaggeration of articles of clothing. A high collar? A big hat? Extended sleeves? Big shoulders? Some extra decoration on the feet area? 

      The fail is not so much in the designers not being told what they should do with stiltwalkers, but how they failed to think outside of the box, to be imaginative. The majority of the designers did a regular-sized shirt and then very long pants. That took no advantage of the unique model shape. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1414091387 Florrie Brafman

      Cutting your garment true to grain was just about the first thing I learned about sewing.  In sixth grade.  How on earth has she ever made anything, however self-taught she is, without cutting it on the grain?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1414091387 Florrie Brafman

      Cutting your garment true to grain was just about the first thing I learned about sewing.  In sixth grade.  How on earth has she ever made anything, however self-taught she is, without cutting it on the grain?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        Could it be that she’s not familiar with the term “on the grain”? As a self taught sewer she might have learned it as a different name, and didn’t understand when it wasn’t explained to her?

        Just a thought.

        • Anonymous

          She had to have read a book or two in order to work a sewing machine–that word is all over basic sewing manuals, patterns, even sewing machine instructions. I’m really surprised she had no idea what he was talking about.

        • Anonymous

          She had to have read a book or two in order to work a sewing machine–that word is all over basic sewing manuals, patterns, even sewing machine instructions. I’m really surprised she had no idea what he was talking about.

        • Anonymous

          She had to have read a book or two in order to work a sewing machine–that word is all over basic sewing manuals, patterns, even sewing machine instructions. I’m really surprised she had no idea what he was talking about.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          No.  It’s truly not possible.  Because he explained to her how the threads lie, and what the grain is.  If she knew it under another name, she would have said, “Oh, you mean ____”

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          No.  It’s truly not possible.  Because he explained to her how the threads lie, and what the grain is.  If she knew it under another name, she would have said, “Oh, you mean ____”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1414091387 Florrie Brafman

      Cutting your garment true to grain was just about the first thing I learned about sewing.  In sixth grade.  How on earth has she ever made anything, however self-taught she is, without cutting it on the grain?

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I thought it was odd when Bryce was bitching about Fallene’s lack of experience and Anya was sitting there nodding in agreement.  Whatever.  You knew she’d be going home because sweet-and-weepy doesn’t make entertaining t.v.  Bitchy and drama does, so Bert will stay.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I thought it was odd when Bryce was bitching about Fallene’s lack of experience and Anya was sitting there nodding in agreement.  Whatever.  You knew she’d be going home because sweet-and-weepy doesn’t make entertaining t.v.  Bitchy and drama does, so Bert will stay.

      • Anonymous

        When Anya was nodding, I was pretty sure she was really thinking, “I gotta goggle this grain thing; it might be important to know it later.”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        I bet she was thinking, “Grain, that’s what you feed ducks, right?”

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I thought it was odd when Bryce was bitching about Fallene’s lack of experience and Anya was sitting there nodding in agreement.  Whatever.  You knew she’d be going home because sweet-and-weepy doesn’t make entertaining t.v.  Bitchy and drama does, so Bert will stay.

    • Anonymous

      Knowing how to cut fabric is very, very basic. Every pattern you buy tells you how to lay out the pieces and gives warning about grain, wale, etc. So, she should really have known how to cut that bodice properly. I don’t think Bryce was overreacting at all. I’m guessing they didn’t have enough fabric left, which is why he did the black cami.

      I get the tutu idea. It was kind of a fantasy thing, but it didn’t work.

      I knew Fallene was a goner when she said something early in the episode about being “more artistic.” Hmm… yeeeah…

      The stilt challenge and one of the groups in the top 3 (I’ll save my outrage for that post) is testing my allegiance to this show. I posted yesterday that I had PR on double-secret probation this season. This episode was strike one: stupid challenge, questionable judging. (I think the right one went home and maybe the right one won, but I didn’t agree with their all their top and bottom choices.)

      • Kathleen Gillies

        Yes, the idea of cutting on grain is very basic but the type of fabric you are cutting can make it easy or difficult to do properly.

    • Anonymous

      Bryce was reasonably decent *to her face* – yes he bitched about her, but he wasn’t mean to her, and he seemed to try to go about his business of getting shit done. And I guess grain lines can be hard to find, but that strikes me (a mostly non-sew-er) as the kind of thing you should be able to do if you make it to Project Runway.

      I have to say it somewhere: THOSE STILTWALKERS WERE SO HIDDY AND AWKWARD. I mean: it was kind of painful to watch them on the runway. It would have been cool, in retrospect, if someone had gone the route of highlighting the stilts – kind of mech-couture. Machine/body hybrid. Stilts would have been a very cool twist in an avant-garde challenge. But here it was just dreadful and uncomfortable to watch. OY.

      It pissed me off for Viktor to say that the stilt models looked like aliens – that’s how a lot of runway models appear to my eyes.

      I’m still waiting for the “design for a short (under 5’5″) fat (over, say, 160lbs) woman” challenge. All the designers would fall to pieces on that one.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll volunteer to model for this one!!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I thought the stiltwalkers were kind of hard to look at and rather awkward as well. Between their lumbering around the workroom and runway and those big clunky-ass shoes didn’t anyone in production see that this episode was a big-ass clunker? I had a bad feeling from the opening of the episode when Heidi came out from behind the scrim. This episode was poorly conceived and an eye-crossing bore.

      • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

        I would love to see a short fat woman challenge, though I’m sure it will never happen.

      • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

        I would love to see a short fat woman challenge, though I’m sure it will never happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.martinez Rebecca Martinez

      Was Becky being ironic or unknowing when she said she felt like she had a black cloud over her head when she was sitting under the black tutu?

    • Anonymous

      Fallene’s biggest mistake was her meltdown.  I think she could have sold the hat and saved herself had she been able to muster up some confidence.

    • Anonymous

      “Dovima and Suzy Parker are puking in heaven right now.”  That made my day!

    • Anonymous

      “Dovima and Suzy Parker are puking in heaven right now.”  That made my day!

    • Anonymous

      “Dovima and Suzy Parker are puking in heaven right now.”  That made my day!

    • Carole Klinko

      If they were truly working together as a team, once she said that she couldn’t see the grain line then he should have taken the time (all of 10 minutes at the most) to cut that simple bodice out for her (what was it, 6 pieces?). Then she could have put it together. Honestly, the 10 year old I teach sewing to can find grain line and sew a bodice together………..it’s not that hard.

    • Carole Klinko

      If they were truly working together as a team, once she said that she couldn’t see the grain line then he should have taken the time (all of 10 minutes at the most) to cut that simple bodice out for her (what was it, 6 pieces?). Then she could have put it together. Honestly, the 10 year old I teach sewing to can find grain line and sew a bodice together………..it’s not that hard.

    • Anonymous

      I found it interesting that Fallene mentioned how she was envious of designers who could just whip something up and it was great, and she couldn’t do it. She didn’t seem to notice that she DID do that with the hat, and the hat was praised! Obviously a hat is quicker to make than a dress or stilt outfit, but still. Not everyone could have put those materials together like that. I wish she had more confidence. Seems she quickly decided she was not good enough and it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

      I do understand Bryce’s annoyance. It seemed like he told her about cutting on grain, showed her how to do it, and she … still didn’t do it? Maybe it was edited weirdly but it seemed like that’s what happened. Either way you need a ton of confidence for this show and it seemed like she just didn’t have it. Too bad, I liked her personal style and would have been interested to see her do some actual looks.

    • Anonymous

      I found it interesting that Fallene mentioned how she was envious of designers who could just whip something up and it was great, and she couldn’t do it. She didn’t seem to notice that she DID do that with the hat, and the hat was praised! Obviously a hat is quicker to make than a dress or stilt outfit, but still. Not everyone could have put those materials together like that. I wish she had more confidence. Seems she quickly decided she was not good enough and it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

      I do understand Bryce’s annoyance. It seemed like he told her about cutting on grain, showed her how to do it, and she … still didn’t do it? Maybe it was edited weirdly but it seemed like that’s what happened. Either way you need a ton of confidence for this show and it seemed like she just didn’t have it. Too bad, I liked her personal style and would have been interested to see her do some actual looks.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for mentioning the whole “so many people here can just whip shit up” statement. I forgot about that. I actually turned to my husband, paused the show and yelled, “HAS SHE NEVER WATCHED THIS SHOW BEFORE? IT IS ALL ABOUT WHIPPING SHIT UP!!!!” As cute and sweet as she is, at that moment, she was my vote to go home.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      I still want to know how she managed to cut off the grain.  It’s simple.  The grain runs parallel to the selvage.  So if you cut straight, you’re good to go! 

      • Anonymous

        Haha yes, the sewers here are all rightfully incensed. I get how one might see some leeway if he or she didn’t know much about sewing, with all this talk about ‘seeing’ grain and all, but this was not a “make clothes out of other clothes or pet supplies” challenge. They had actual fabric yardage. If you can find the lengthwise edge you can easily find any of the grains. It’s not that she did a half-ass job of cutting or something, she didn’t know what he was talking about and could not accomplish it even after an explanation. I actually liked Fallene’s style far more than Brice’s (does he have any?), and felt for while I thought Bryce was an ass with little room to talk, but…..she had no excuse.

        • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

          I’ve never figured out how to ‘see’ the grain.  I have, however, grown up sewing.  I know that it’s possible to get fabric that doesn’t go with the norm, but it’s a fact so basic that it’s a no brainer.  Almost always (except in very, very weird cases) the grain runs parallel to the selvage.  Cut straight, you’re good.  Cut diagonally across the fabric, you’re cutting on the bias, which makes it stretchier.  Cut off grain, you’ve screwed yourself.

          My sister brought me a cut-out dress to finish once that was cut wonkily.  She’d managed to cut it partly on the grain, partly off, and bits on the bias.  It took a hell of a long time to salvage it.  And to add insult to injury, it was on a gingham pattern!

          I have to admit that Fallene’s badly made toddler-bloomers-for-adults made me look crosswise at her.  I knew that she’d be an early AUF, but I expected her to at least know baby basics!  Heck, it’s mostly likely one of the first things in beginning sewing books!

    • Anonymous

      Okay, I had to look up Becky Conner.

      It’s funny that the judges could see that Fallene was the one who couldn’t cut it and needed to go, yet couldn’t see through Bad Bertie’s b.s.

      The judges sent the right person home, but Bryce’s obsession with cutting on the grain made him sound like what he is: a schoolboy, someone overly concerned with book learning and passing tests, unable to step back and look at the big picture. He cared more about being right than he did about making it work.

      • Anonymous

        Fallene “couldn’t cut it.” Good one, BB!

      • Anonymous

        And when you looked up BC, what did you find?  I Googled it, and am still in the dark.  Roseanne character?  Didn’t watch it unfortunately…or fortunately, depending on how you look at it. :-)

        That whole “grain” thing pissed me off.  A-it wouldn’t have been visible from 10 ft. below (hello, they’re on stilts!) and B-pin the fabric to tissue paper to cut it, Bryce, since you know so much, with your book learnin;, Bryce.  I saw other people doing that.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry for disjointed reply–box didn’t open enough for me to see my typing.  Perhaps a sneaky way to make us keep it short? :-)

        • Anonymous

          Sorry for disjointed reply–box didn’t open enough for me to see my typing.  Perhaps a sneaky way to make us keep it short? :-)

        • Anonymous

          Yes, Roseanne character.

          Grain, grain, what a pain. Bryce needed to stop staring at trees, so he could see the forest.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, Roseanne character.

          Grain, grain, what a pain. Bryce needed to stop staring at trees, so he could see the forest.

        • Anonymous

          Well, if you sew off grain, it won’t fit. It won’t look right, true, but when you sew on the grain it allows for give in the right areas, which it looked like the problem when they were trying it on her, the fit.

          Still can’t believe she couldn’t cut it straight. And yeah, Bryce was kind of a jerk to her after a while, but he did show her how to do it and she still didn’t get it right. Still, he should have said “I’ll do the top, you work on this horrible tutu” or something…

      • Anonymous

        And when you looked up BC, what did you find?  I Googled it, and am still in the dark.  Roseanne character?  Didn’t watch it unfortunately…or fortunately, depending on how you look at it. :-)

        That whole “grain” thing pissed me off.  A-it wouldn’t have been visible from 10 ft. below (hello, they’re on stilts!) and B-pin the fabric to tissue paper to cut it, Bryce, since you know so much, with your book learnin;, Bryce.  I saw other people doing that.

    • Anonymous

      Aw I’ll miss the little pixie, she was cute. She did deserve to go though. But I do not like Viktor at ALL and I am not happy to see him stay.

    • Anonymous

      Bryce should have pulled out all stops to help Fallene with cutting the bodice so they didn’t end up in the bottom. In a team challenge, you never know who’s going to throw the other under the bus or whose side the crack judges will take. The fascinator Fallene made was much more interesting than Bryce’s tutu skirt or that thing he made around the waist. Still, Fallene was so overwrought it was a mercy auffing. As TLo said, it was only a matter of this week or the next. 

      • sonictofu

        I thought that too!  Why not help her cut it?  Could’ve been the time restraints, which only make for a crappy runway show.  And that’s what we all watch the show for, amirite?  It’s fashion porn, I sit through all the workroom bitching so I can see the cool designs come down the runway at the end.

        • Anonymous

          Indeed, Bryce could have used the time he spent criticizing her to the others and cut the damn bodice pieces. Then again, he may have been all talk and couldn’t actually do it himself. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I think she was auf’d because she volunteered to take all the blame.  Last week she didn’t stand up for her dress at all, this week she said it was all her fault… I’d be shocked if one of the judges’ topics during last night’s judging wasn’t her attitude and confidence.  Fashion’s a tough business and she’s not prepared to survive it. 

        • Anonymous

          Yes, Fallene made a major mistake not defending her skirt and top last week as that must have left a bad impression with the judges. She doesn’t have the fortitude to stand up to others – whether it was criticism from the judges or being pushed around by her Bryce. I really don’t think she’s “cut out” for a competition like this. She was already at a disadvantage not having any formal training, but her confidence in her own ability and skills seemed to dessert her when Bryce questioned her about this and she quickly became totally overwhelmed. A stronger personality should have been able to stand up to Bryce but she just became all apologetic instead of saying let’s both get cracking on this top and make it work. I’m not sure about Bryce’s skills anyways, despite his “schooling”, given the two skirts he’s made. If Bryce didn’t push Fallene under the bus, he certainly didn’t do much to stop her falling under it. He may have realized that if they’d got the top finished, then he could easily have been out because of his tutu which looked a bit of a mess. 

    • Anonymous

      Off Grain.  On Grain.  Migraine.  I wish Mr. B would have gone home because he was getting on my last nerve last night, but I couldn’t disagree with sending Fallene home after her failure to defend herself last week and her “At least I made something” on the runway this week.  Girl was not up to the pressure.

      • Anonymous

        and she knew it…

    • Anonymous

      Fallene: “I love cats. I love every kind of cat. I just want to hug all of them but I can’t hug every cat. [Sob. Fan face.] I’m sorry, I’m thinking about cats again. I really love all cats. I think about how many don’t have a home and their ears and their whiskers…”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4NMoJcFd4

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRYUOEZZC2IVUO24TCJMVTDNSU Gianni Rubino

        Now I’m wondering when we will have Autotuning of the PR judging.

        Maybe all the times MK utters “disco” or NG saying “adorable.”    How about S2 where HK would say, “Models, this is also a competition for you as well, too, again.”

        Gianni Rubino

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I love me some tulle — but I didn’t like how it was handled.  For one thing, the skirt looks like a tutu, which is more than a little unoriginal and obvious.  Personally, I would have done the same black pants, but instead of doing a weird tutu skirt, do a wide leg in tulle layers over it.  It would have still had a ballet vibe but way more unique. 

      • Anonymous

        I liked the tulle when it was a little black cloud over their heads!!

      • Anonymous

        Ooo–I like that idea. 

    • Anonymous

      This was a very deserving loss.  Not much design going on here and a really clunky result.  This weepy young woman will be much happier in her own environment, and they did her a favor by letting her go. 

    • Anonymous

      Can I just say that I love Fallene’s dress?  Not he one she made; the one she’s wearing.

    • Anonymous

      Can I just say that I love Fallene’s dress?  Not he one she made; the one she’s wearing.

      • Anonymous

        Oh I agree… I thought it was darling!!

      • Anonymous

        I loved it, too! She looked adorbs. However, I did not dig the boots but that’s just moi. Speaking of Fallene, she really reminds me of a very young Shirley MacLaine in her early films from the ’60’s. Anybody else? No???

      • Anonymous

        Me too!  And her cute little headband with her adorable haircut!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know how this is possible, but I agree with almost everyone’s comments so far.

      *Fallene deserved to go.  No way was she going to make it much further.
      *Her meltdown was her undoing.  If you melt down in Tim’s arms, you’re toast.  Oh, he’ll comfort you, but the man is busy.
      *She has more style in her little finger than Bryce has in his whole body.  Still, she seems to be pretty clueless about what this competition entails.
      *Yeah, she probably should have known how to do the grain thingy. (It must be SOOO basic if this is the first season we’re even hearing about it.)

      One thing I would say – I’m not a big Bryce fan, but I did think it was sweet how he hugged her.  I think he is basically a good person.

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

      I am an unschooled home-sewer, so his comments really pissed me off.  Knowing about grain and cutting doesn’t have anything to do with schooling or not.  But he wasn’t entirely wrong about the fact that she should have known that some fabrics, especially silks (which is what the bodice fabric appeared to be), are REALLY hard to sew if they aren’t cut perfectly on grain.  That having been said, she should have insisted on her bodice going down the runway anyway, because at least then she would have contributed SOMETHING.  Even if it wasn’t great, it would have been better than that tube top they did send down.  Showing that she’d done something, including the adorable hat, would probably have been enough to save her.

      • Anonymous

        I feel the same way; pretty offended by what Bryce said about self-taught sewers.  I taught myself how to sew when I was 13; no books, only patterns and Internet searches over terms that confused me.  Even so, I could tell from the layout pictures in my patterns what grain was.  I cut off-grain a few times to preserve fabric, but quickly realized that was not an acceptable shortcut.  I was 13, not yet interested in details or perfection, but I could tell it was bad.  How could she have sewn for so many years without looking at a picture diagram in a pattern, or realizing her clothes hung badly?

        My guess is that it must have been a really, really skewed fabric, maybe flawed from the factory with a slightly off parallel grain.  I’ve worked with my share of cheap, skewed fabrics where the grain was 15 degrees off parallel.

        Long story short though, Bryce should have cut the bodice.  Why talk about it for a half hour?  Just take over and cut it! Confusing behavior from both of them.

    • fragileindustries

      Agree agree agree with The.  Worst.  Challenge.  Ever.  “We want you to think big, outside the box …” “Paris couture week …”  then the judges go for the JC Penney’s ready to wear like diabetic rats to sugar.  “It would look good on a regular person!  How amazing!”  

      Bryce set Fallene up for the auf.  They should have switched top and bottom halves when she first struggled if they were a true team. If he had the technical skill set (which I doubt is much better than hers, but that was his claim) and she was the arty one, let her shape that hot net mess and add some badly needed color and pop.  Just look at her — she gives herself all kinds of adorable and spunky, qualities Bryce couldn’t conjure out of a Hello Kitty doll.  But given the nature of the competition, he knew he could let her twist in the wind along with that ugly black cloud he made. 
      Their basic idea was heinously off, too … ballet is by definition smooth and graceful, and expecting that to translate to the herky-jerky robot walk of the stilts just underlined the Bolshoi Special Olympics effect of the whole thing.  Only one team used the reality of the stilt-ed presentation as an intentional part of the design (Emerald City bellman uniform, that was pure Tic-Toc Oz).  But I’m getting ahead of TLo and will save that for another rant.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        EXACTLY!! Why else would they beat that damn bodice into the ground? He set her up. He knew she didn’t have the personality to just say “screw this. you do it and let me do the skirt” The runway show was disturbing.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to see Fallene go, but it was the right decision. That was basically a yoga outfit with a tutu on top. Dreadful.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to see Fallene go, but it was the right decision. That was basically a yoga outfit with a tutu on top. Dreadful.

    • Anonymous

      i am still trying to figure out the stilt thing.  i thought it was a great idea until they “walked” on the runway, it looked like something from a horror movie.

      poor fallane but it was the right choice.

      • Anonymous

        Horror movie – TOTALLY.  I was kind of wishing someone had made something with tentacles, or resembling a giant spider, or SOMEthing horror inspired.  They probably would have been aufed, but that’s the only thing I can see being beautiful and interesting on stilts.   IF I had been on the show I would have made a fabulous Ursula sea witch with a huge crown and trailing tentacles…this is probably why I am not on the show.

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

           It still would’ve been more interesting than the majority of the entries! Besides, Ursula is fabulous. And I’m a sucker for high fashion translations of Disney ideas. Dunno why.

    • tripletmom96

      that was definitely the worst thing on the runway, and bryce owns most of it – that said, i was pretty dumbfounded when fallene was making comments about not being able to find the grain of the fabric…. that’s pretty “intro to sewing 101″ . you HAVE to know about grain in order to cut your fabrics properly.  i’m amazed that she is able to sew at all if she doesn’t understand that.  i also thought the hat was the best part of that outfit.  the tulle skirt was hiddy and bryce should have listened to fallene about adding color.  i would imagine he’s going to be aufed soon….

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

      It probably would have been the kindest thing to send both Bryce and Fallene home and stop them from wasting any more of their time on this show that they obviously have no chance of winning.

    • Anonymous

      My apologies if someone has posted this earlier but there are too many posts to wade through but I thought this video diary from Bryce and Fallene and the other designers was telling. 
      http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway#video

      • Anonymous

        Your link goes to all the videos in general, but I found what you were referring to. I have to say, it is really helpful. Apparently, there was some sort of confrontation between Bryce and all the other designers about how he treated Fallene, and Bryce feels horrible about it. The only person who looks bad from that video is Laura. I understand what she is saying but the way she says it seems so insensitive. I also noticed that we didn’t hear from Bert.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry about the link but I couldn’t see a way to get the url for the individual video. The other designers saw how Bryce steamrolled Fallene a number of times during that challenge and so it will be interesting to see their interactions with him next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if Laura and a few of the others know how to drive a steamroller too. Maybe Bert wasn’t interviewed as I feel they would have shown it if he said anything nasty. I’m really looking forward to next week’s Nina challenge as I think this will test the designers’ skills much more than the first three challenges. I’m wondering what sort of a budget they’ll be given as I can’t imagine Nina wearing some cheap fabric.

          • Anonymous

            I saw it, and it was kind of telling. Bryce owned up to being “a monster.” Fallene said it wasn’t really him, all the other designers ganged up on Bryce, but they weren’t in the same situation, and I think after the last challenge many weren’t liking him too much (remember he got irritated when they kept asking for details about his time in the bottom three?).  Thanks so much for posting.  It helps me to see a bit of a wider perspective on the proceedings!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523412508 Trip Payne

      Becky Connor nothing.  She’s totally Lily Aldrin from “How I Met Your Mother”.  Even gives off that kindergarden-teacher vibe.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        No way… Lily’s interesting and funny and tough when she has to be.  Fallene just fell apart.

    • Anonymous

      She was nice and I’m sorry her feelings got hurt and even sorrier she didn’t take Bryce with her. She might want to look into doing millinery; that was a really cute headpiece.

    • Lattis

      When the Duchess said he liked the hat, if Fallene had said proudly (instead of apologetically) “I MADE THAT!” she would have survived the week. The judges will take, uber-confidence, even dumb, mute stoicism over weepy, quitting any day. 

      Which is, you know, kind of like life. 

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree with you because that was the only piece of interest of the whole look.
        Still, it’s not PR Accessories right now.

    • Anonymous

      I saw that person in Picture 2 last night–she of the pink hair, Mork From Ork jumpsuit with Blue feathers–and I wondered who she was. But hey, they could have had a herd of elephants backstage and they probably wouldn’t have explained it, so I’m not really surprised.

    • Anonymous

      I saw that person in Picture 2 last night–she of the pink hair, Mork From Ork jumpsuit with Blue feathers–and I wondered who she was. But hey, they could have had a herd of elephants backstage and they probably wouldn’t have explained it, so I’m not really surprised.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

        A decoy design from Mormon Josh and the first auffed designer, I think.

        • Anonymous

          that answers my question : the 2 fisrts designers to be aufed did have to produce an outfit together. that must have been pretty upsetting for them…

    • Anonymous

      Agree about the dumbness of the challenge. There had to be a reason for it. Could someone have owed a favor to the Stilt Walkers Union? Do they play rough?
      Anyway… Poor pitiful Pearl kept pushing around those bits of fabric that were supposed to be the bodice around for about three hours. Crying and sniffing. Wasn’t it time for someone to lend a hand? Her partner perhaps?
      I bet she was glad it was all over, I know I was!

    • Anonymous

      I can’t disagree with the auf. She certainly was going home sometime in the first half of the season. I’m pretty sure her partner will be departing with her fairly soon. The utter obliviousness it took for him to put a tutu on his model this week, after the pee pad napkins last week is a pretty good indication he has no ability at self reflection along with a pretty limited design sensne.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        I can’t wait for him to be gone.

        It’s a taste issue.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I just had a thought. Maybe Brice will make a pee pad skirt for Nina! 

        • Anonymous

          can’t wait for next week !

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I just had a thought. Maybe Brice will make a pee pad skirt for Nina! 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I just had a thought. Maybe Brice will make a pee pad skirt for Nina! 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I just had a thought. Maybe Brice will make a pee pad skirt for Nina! 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Becky Conner, totally! The first one of course. :)

    • Anonymous

      She WAS really useless, that poor little Bamni girl, wasn’t she ?
      The preview of next week’s episode shows Julie in a bad position, but I guess that after this one and last week’s debacle, Bryce is the next one with his head on the chopping block. And it seems that we will be back to the “make a pretty outfit for…” At least, it will be fun, for sure.
      Oh, and Am I the only one wondering how they could shoot a public and outdoor runway at the third episode and NOT have fans spilling the beans about the 2 designers absents of the show ? Or is it the same as for the NY Fashion Show when you have half a dozen decoys ? Were the 2 firsts afed designers there, too ?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        Yeah, there were there too. You can see them in the post that was posted about the group as a whole. They’re on the ends closest to the camera.

        • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

          I wonder where the auf’d designers working? out in the hallway?

      • Anonymous

        The was only one decoy (since there have only been 2 auf’d designers since the first 4 “not on the show” people were eliminated). You can kinda see it in the second picture. The lady in the pink hair is wearing it.

        • Anonymous

          I re-read the winner post and we have a clear shot of the auf’d designers creation.
          But now I wonder about the 4 “not on the show” because of the same reasons : while wtaching the very first episode, the fans present in the outdoor runway would twit like crazy over the 4 people not in the show. No ?
          I’m still puzzled about that.

      • Anonymous

        You’ve got me smiling, thinking of Julie’s design for Nina:  poncho with a Pendleton trim?  Serape?  This is gonna be fun.

    • Toto Maya

      She was the right one to be aufed. She simply couldn’t do it. She couldn’t design, couldn’t sew the garment, completely melted under the pressure. She had no future on this show and it would make no sense to keep her while sending someone else home, as crappy as they were. Bryce should go soon as well, but I think that eliminating Fallene was the most merciful thing to do.

    • Sharon Metzger

      Two comments:

      * We’ve made it through a zillion seasons of PR without hearing about the grain of fabric? I can’t believe Fallene’s the first one to have issues, but I’m guessing it was an issue for Bryce in his “schooling.”

      * The tutu over pants made me think about a certain 5yo I know who would be all over a suitably sized version if the outfit were 3 different shades of purple.

      Fallene remind anyone of Peregrine from “Work of Art”?

      • Anonymous

        Fallene remind anyone of Peregrine from “Work of Art”?

        Oddly, Bryce reminds me of Miles!

      • Toni Mitt

        Yeah–I think I mentioned that last week.  THt she reminded me of the unborn fawns woman (whose name, at that time, I could not remember…) 

    • Anonymous

      I gotta wonder if the whole “grain” thing was mostly editing magic to make it look like Fallene broke down at the end. As impossible as it is to not know I have to assume she was incompetent with stress from the word go but they felt it would make better TV to watch her fall apart.

      Super props to the model though she tried her damndest to sell the concept.

      My guess is Bryce next week and Bert after that.

      • Anonymous

        It’s really fishy, considering we never get a look at the “wonky” top. They showed Laura’s first skirt as clear as day last week, but this week they made sure that the camera angle blocked our view of the bodice.

        • Anonymous

          Seriously her interview in meet the designers said she’s been sewing (off and on) since she was 11. There is no way she couldn’t make that bodice in 8-12 hours on a normal day.
          … Which is why I’m fine with the auf’ing though, just not a fit for PR’s schedule.

        • Anonymous

          i know, i was totally frustrated by that.  if it’s sooo bad, let’s see it!  it couldn’t have been worse than that dollar store tank top they showed.  since bryce essentially made the whole ugly mess, and the idea and design were his, why didn’t he go home?  good riddance to bad rubbish that would be.  additionally, i think the reason they showed blondie’s failed dog cone skirt so much last week was so they’d have a chance to titillate the audience with naked butt cheeks. and they were pretty cute ones, i have to admit.

      • Anonymous

        It’s really fishy, considering we never get a look at the “wonky” top. They showed Laura’s first skirt as clear as day last week, but this week they made sure that the camera angle blocked our view of the bodice.

      • Anonymous

        It’s really fishy, considering we never get a look at the “wonky” top. They showed Laura’s first skirt as clear as day last week, but this week they made sure that the camera angle blocked our view of the bodice.

      • Anonymous

        It’s really fishy, considering we never get a look at the “wonky” top. They showed Laura’s first skirt as clear as day last week, but this week they made sure that the camera angle blocked our view of the bodice.

      • Anonymous

        It’s really fishy, considering we never get a look at the “wonky” top. They showed Laura’s first skirt as clear as day last week, but this week they made sure that the camera angle blocked our view of the bodice.

    • Anonymous

      Really, the cause of this garment’s massive failure had nothing to do with Fallene’s ability to create a top.  She could have created the best top the world had ever seen and the bottom of the garment created by Bryce would still have made the whole an utter failure.  This is the first time ever on PR (a PR first!) that a designer has managed to make his model look morbidly obese – at least from the waist down – or appear to be suffering from elephantiasis.  Even though I think he was the primary reason for the garment’s failure, I’m glad for Fallene’s sake that she was sent home.  She was obviously not cut out to handle the pressure.

    • Anonymous

      Really, the cause of this garment’s massive failure had nothing to do with Fallene’s ability to create a top.  She could have created the best top the world had ever seen and the bottom of the garment created by Bryce would still have made the whole an utter failure.  This is the first time ever on PR (a PR first!) that a designer has managed to make his model look morbidly obese – at least from the waist down – or appear to be suffering from elephantiasis.  Even though I think he was the primary reason for the garment’s failure, I’m glad for Fallene’s sake that she was sent home.  She was obviously not cut out to handle the pressure.

    • Anonymous

      Bryce was just acting like a whiny little bitch.  Everyone knows he has been in the bottom, but by telling the whole workroom over and over she can’t “cut on the grain” he thinks he will look better by making her look bad.  Should have been a double AUFFF!!!

    • Anonymous

      God, how are you bitches so right about everything?  I have nothing, NOTHING, to disagree with you on.  And yes, I did end that sentence with a preposition.

    • http://twitter.com/texasinafrica Laura Seay

      There will be a lot of competition for Team Co-dependent.

    • Lies L.

      First of all, I LOVE THAT HAT. I don’t think she should’ve been spared the auf for that, but I love and I’d buy it and Fallene, if you ever read this, I WILL PAY YOU TO MAKE A SIMILAR HEADPIECE FOR ME.

      That said, it probably was her time to go. I have a feeling the ‘doesn’t know what the grain of a piece of fabric is’ thing was highly edited, and I think she was just breaking down so badly she didn’t quite know what to do anymore – so for her own sake, the auf may have been a mercy. I don’t like Bryce anymore though. He acted like a little snot, explaining to the camera how fabric works. I can’t sew anything more than a button on a jacket and I know that, so shut up.

      The look could’ve been adorable, but as Nina said… it was just the start of an idea.

    • Lies L.

      First of all, I LOVE THAT HAT. I don’t think she should’ve been spared the auf for that, but I love and I’d buy it and Fallene, if you ever read this, I WILL PAY YOU TO MAKE A SIMILAR HEADPIECE FOR ME.

      That said, it probably was her time to go. I have a feeling the ‘doesn’t know what the grain of a piece of fabric is’ thing was highly edited, and I think she was just breaking down so badly she didn’t quite know what to do anymore – so for her own sake, the auf may have been a mercy. I don’t like Bryce anymore though. He acted like a little snot, explaining to the camera how fabric works. I can’t sew anything more than a button on a jacket and I know that, so shut up.

      The look could’ve been adorable, but as Nina said… it was just the start of an idea.

    • Lies L.

      First of all, I LOVE THAT HAT. I don’t think she should’ve been spared the auf for that, but I love and I’d buy it and Fallene, if you ever read this, I WILL PAY YOU TO MAKE A SIMILAR HEADPIECE FOR ME.

      That said, it probably was her time to go. I have a feeling the ‘doesn’t know what the grain of a piece of fabric is’ thing was highly edited, and I think she was just breaking down so badly she didn’t quite know what to do anymore – so for her own sake, the auf may have been a mercy. I don’t like Bryce anymore though. He acted like a little snot, explaining to the camera how fabric works. I can’t sew anything more than a button on a jacket and I know that, so shut up.

      The look could’ve been adorable, but as Nina said… it was just the start of an idea.

    • Lies L.

      First of all, I LOVE THAT HAT. I don’t think she should’ve been spared the auf for that, but I love and I’d buy it and Fallene, if you ever read this, I WILL PAY YOU TO MAKE A SIMILAR HEADPIECE FOR ME.

      That said, it probably was her time to go. I have a feeling the ‘doesn’t know what the grain of a piece of fabric is’ thing was highly edited, and I think she was just breaking down so badly she didn’t quite know what to do anymore – so for her own sake, the auf may have been a mercy. I don’t like Bryce anymore though. He acted like a little snot, explaining to the camera how fabric works. I can’t sew anything more than a button on a jacket and I know that, so shut up.

      The look could’ve been adorable, but as Nina said… it was just the start of an idea.

    • Joshua Flake

      You said it: Bryce can complain about Fallene’s lack of knowledge all he likes (grain is a rather simple concept, but I couldn’t get a good enough look at the bodice she was working on to tell if he had good reason to be as snotty about it as he was), but ultimately, that tutu, really? After weeweegate (and I hoped I’d never have to think about pee pads again)? Hideous. High-and-mighty had every right to point out where Fallene went wrong, but he should have taken ownership and the fall for what was essentially his design.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      Tutus over pants are actually quite trendy…at least if you take my 13 year old daughter and her friends as your guide. 

      That said, I don’t think Project Runway is the place to showcase a look that can be replicated in one trip to Claire’s.   Maybe they should have accessorized with Silly Bands and Vampire Diaries themed Dog Tags?

      • Anonymous

        An unconventional materials challenge at Claire’s would be amazing.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      I will miss seeing her cute hair.

    • Anonymous

      If she had not gone home this episode, you’re right, it probably would have been next episode (what would she make for Nina?). Like many a wacky one before her, temperamentally she just was not suited to the show – a little bit of criticism and adversity and she was lost.

      Bryce was acting obnoxiously about the situation – and he was mostly responsible for the look, which would have been bad even if she had not shut down. He could have been nicer about it (though he was mostly nice if condescending to her face), but I doubt he could have done much to change her attitude. She just gave up. He could, however, have done more to make the design work, but he didn’t. I don’t think he’s long for the show.

      The hat was fantastic, though.

      • Anonymous

        You made me laugh, ’cause I thought of Nina wearing Fallene’s polka dot dress with the red feather fascinator.  Now that would be TV to watch!

    • Anonymous

      She needed to go, certainly, but it was kind of hard to watch.  She was like a little kitten getting shot in the head.

      • Lies L.

        I agree. She just struck me as one of the nicest people on the show. Probably just not suited to the strain of reality tv – as many of us would be, I imagine.

      • Lies L.

        I agree. She just struck me as one of the nicest people on the show. Probably just not suited to the strain of reality tv – as many of us would be, I imagine.

    • Anonymous

      Glas she’s gone. HOW much support does one needy little meltdowner need? “I just wish I had my soul right now” GTFOH!  Whoever said “Well lets go maybe you’ll find it under a rock (paraphrase)” gets my kudos! HAHAHA!  I was Cry on Bryce, Cry on TIM, Cry on roomies…cling cling cry cry….yuck. And some feathers and netting and a glue gun does not a design make. please. Auf.

    • MilaXX

      After her non defense of her outfit last week I had her pegged to go home. When she kept crying all over the place all I could her was Zulema yelling, “You better cry and cut.”

      • Anonymous

        well, Fallene is no Kara so I guess it wouldn’t have worked but your comment made me laugh, I could just picture the scene.

      • Anonymous

        I actually think that it was Shetangy who said it.

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

         This season needs Zulema! They should bring her back as a consultant, along with Laura Bennett. Two designers who do NOT put up with all of the whiny crap in the room… they could nail the whiny designers to the wall with pure fury.

        I would call some of the designers’ attitudes ‘childish’, but young children tend to be pretty direct when confronting things they don’t like. Young child doesn’t like peas? He will tell you all about it. These designers are acting like perpetually wounded teenagers who badly need a hobby outside of fabricating substance for themselves. But such is the nature of all reality TV, and oh, how we all love it so!

    • Anonymous

       Well, I suppose this was a mercy killing. Fallene was just not tough enough for this show. I wish she had shown a bit more backbone, but it’s hard to say what any of us would do with cameras trained on us all day long, even for such a short period. I didn’t think that Bryce behaved very well about it–I don’t care for him much–he seems petulant. I liked Fallene’s hat–it was the best thing on the runway, as others have said. The one bright spot in a dreary episode.

    • Anonymous

      Bryce is kind of cute and Fallene was so sweet, and as much as I wanted Victor to go home I agree she HAD to go home, she obviously had problem with the construction, the fabric cutting and the sewing, she even said herself she didn’t feel at the same level

    • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

      I call bullshit on Bryce. I don’t care what kind of pressure you’re under… that kid was using the privilege of his education to stick to Falleen (or however you spell it) so he’d have a ready made excuse as to why he made a shitty napkin dress two challenges in a row. And the sad thing is, the judges bought it. If it was so freaking important to cut the grain properly, why not take a second or two to show her how. I mean, he had enough time to bitch about it constantly. If he has time to bitch, he has time to show her how to do it properly. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i finally watched this whole thing.

      WHY THE HELL DIDNT HE CUT THE TOP WHEN HE SAW IT CONFUSED HER?

      i almost never use caps but that particular bit of insensitive & selfish stupidity really burns me up. if he had just cut the fabric–just cut the fabric–in this team challenge, she couldve finished the top. seems to me that he didnt do it so he could make fun of her to the rest of the room. f’ing hideous. hideous behavior.

      cos, in addition, the skirt was dreadful. how much worse can her slightly wonky top have been? that blasted vile tutu wasnt hemmed any more evenly than his peepad encumbrance. the only good thing he did was say that they shared responsibility for the thing. &, you know, even tho she didnt make any of it but the fascinator, they did share responsibility. it was more important to him to be better than her than to have their outfit come out well. he is bad news.

      & i hated, positively hated, the first thing she made, the barfing bozo. & she probably wasnt strong enough to get thru the cattiness of reality tv. still. still. he shoulda gone home. oh well, next week.

      • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

        Exactly! 

      • Anonymous

        egg-zack-lee!!  you said it better than i could’ve.  he may have graduated from design school, but emotionally he’s still in junior high.  he is an irritating  A- with-a-capital-A hole.  send him to the principal’s office until he can learn to play well with others

    • http://www.facebook.com/ktglick Katie Glick

      While I don’t think Bryce was out of line, I do think he betrayed his inability to work with/manage others, which means that he has a long way to go before trying to start his own fashion line. Rather than working out a solution, he reduced his his partner to a blubbering mess who was convinced she was altogether worthless. When they realized Fallene’s problem, couldn’t they have her do something else while he constructed the bodice? The skirt sure doesn’t look like it requires a lot of technical skill. His method of “supporting” her totally demoralized her. I don’t think it’s because he’s a bad person, more that while he has his “school skills” he is lacking some practical skills himself that will be valuable for the business aspect of fashion.

      One thing I did like about the situation is that it did show the value of training and education. Fallene clearly has talent, IMO but the lack of technical skill hurt her both in her construction and her self-confidence. She striked me as someone who would be happier doing this on a smaller scale anyway, just having her own small business or even just a hobbyist.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know anything about sewing or fashion except what I learn from PR and this website, but…
      I’d guess Bryce made the pants as well as the tutu since Fallene apparently spent all her time on the bodice and the hat, which might explain why he couldn’t help much with the bodice. (??)
      Fallene seems sweet, and TLo and the commentariat say they are interested in her clothes, so I’d guess she has talent even if she doesn’t know what grain is, but she doesn’t seem cut out for this show.
      Bryce seems young, inexperienced, a recent design graduate, sweet, but a bit desperate, and also not long for this show.
      “Team Poor Coping Skills” captured their performance perfectly.

      • Anonymous

        and those were some ugly ugly pants.  they were so short that the model looked like she was wearing prothetic legs, not stilts.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Finding the grain in a fabric is something anyone can learn in 5 minutes and it has nothing to do with going to fashion school!.  If it was that important to Bryce he should have  showed her how to do it. 

    • http://twitter.com/lmcscout lmcscout

      One good thing I can say about this outfit is that it balances the model pretty well – the really long legs is not as obvious as some of the other designs (like the circus outfit). I think the wideness of the skirt throws the eye off. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      And OH BY THE WAY, if Bryce knows as much about grain as he thinks he does he would have told Fallene to cut that silk bodice with paper underneath it just like Cecelia and Danielle did.   Anyone who knows how to work with silk knows that.

    • Anonymous

      Remember that Bryce reduced the volume of the tutu. If he had gone with “plan A” their model would have looked like a black dandelion.

      And poor Fallene; as I said during the broadcast, I’ve never seen another contestant so beaten down and begging to be aufed. She seems like a really sweet woman, but as others have noted, she just wasn’t cut out to be in a competition like this. Especially this season when almost every one of the remaining contestants seems to be a total bitch (some just are better at veneering it with a smile.)

    • Anonymous

      So many bad designers! It’s obvious like 10 of them can’t handle the show. I found Bryce super-annoying in his obsession with the fabric being ‘on point.’ They might’ve done better if he’d just let Becky Conner handle it her own way. Just because he went to school doesn’t mean he has good ideas.

    • Anonymous

      Just watched the show last night, and saw that when Bryce is explaining Fallene’s grain problem to some of the designers at lunch, Laura says, so why don’t you just – and she moves napkins around on the table to indicate moving the fabric so it’s in the correct place – Bryce justs mumbles.

      Anyway I agree with the posters here calling bs on Bryce. Fallene may have been a mercy auf but Bryce was fully responsible for two horrible outfits in a row. He had better go soon.

    • vmcdanie

      It was kind of painful to watch Fallene who was taking this so much to heart (but how sweet was Tim? That man is a born comforter.) It was so hard to judge these entries. Some were clearly better than others but none of them were exciting (I liked the feather shoulders but now that you have pointed out how unoriginal they were, neverminds.)

      Yes, maybe someone will tap her for the Accessories spinoff. Although, it seems like styling would have to be the emphasis there too and I’m styling-ed out from PR’s increasing focus on it. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      The stilts were just stupid……..

    • Anonymous

      Why was Beauty Queen nodding sagely at Bryce’s “off grain” rant? Isn’t her whole schtick about not being an expert and “I just learned to sew?”
      And Bryce, if you’re going to take the time to bitch at Faillene about grain lines, methinks you should take the time to actually CHECK the grain lines.  That problem could have been fixed very easily very early on.

    • bethannstamps

      hat good, dress baaaad,  at least little unborn fawn had the courage to say she was the worst, that took the wind out of Bryce’s sails

    • Samantha Irene

      As a sewer/patternmaker – my complaint with Bryce is – why did he take the simple job of making a gross tutu (which would be easy with stiff netting) and leave the job of a fitted bodice with a patterned fabric to someone he knew wasn’t as ‘good’ as him. As soon as he realised she was in trouble – he should have taken that job over.

      And there are ways to make things look better than the top they had – even if it was off grain.He had a right to be upset, but didn’t take any initiative to fix the problem until it was waaayyyyy to late

    • Aly Marti

      “i don’t care if you gotta cry and cut, but cry and cut. don’t stop and cry – cry and WORK!”
      amirite?

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Models on stilts was the stupidest challenge ever!  I missed the beginning, did they ever say if they wanted costumes or ready to wear?  Just something dramatic.  I probably would have thought they wanted circus costumes.   I hate team challenges, your fate is dependent on someone else.  Of course I fully understand that they do it for the drama.  But it cuts down on the runway looks too.  I doubt if Fallene would have made it to the finals anyway.  She seems like a creative person, I wish her luck and hope she finds success doing something creative. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Lady GaGa was wearing shoes that were almost stilts.  Heel heights keep getting higher and higher, its just a matter of time.

    • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

      And who thinks a tutu looks good over a pair of pants?

      Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, trying to blend in at a mental hospital.