Project Runway – My Guilty Pleasure

Project Runway – My Guilty Pleasure

I am not what you’d call a fashion conscious kind of guy. Okay, I did have a bit of a flirtation back in the mid 2000’s with Queer Eye for the Straight Guy that taught me a few things, and upped my wardrobe quality a bit, but that was pretty much it until I stumbled across Project Runway.

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It probably says something about me (though I’m not sure what) that at one time my two favorite television shows were Project Runway and Ice Road Truckers. (Ice Road Truckers is probably a whole other blog.)

I cannot tell you why I find Project Runway so riveting. I had no clue who Michael Kors was. Had never heard of Tim Gunn. Heidi Klum? Oh yeah, I knew about her. I am a guy after all.Heidi Klum


But at some point around season 3 I fell into watching this. It took a few more seasons to get my wife hooked on it. Now we salivate at the approach of each season, and set aside time each week to approve or dis young fashion designers fabric choices and sewing skills.

My fascination with this show may have something to do with my grandmother, a well known seamstress in our small town, who’s sewing machine occupied a prominent place in her dining room (which was never actually used for dining.) Her wedding gowns, mink stoles, and hat designs were legend and she was always working on something.

Now I haven’t touched a sewing machine in years, but I will admit (during our tight money times) to turning out an impressive collection of Barbie clothing for my daughter made from fabric scraps scrounged from my grandmother.

In any case, Project Runway season 14 starts August 6th. A glass of wine, some popcorn, and the remote await. Another season where the designers can “Make it work!”

Yeah, I’ll be there.



  1. Steve, my hubby and I love Project Runway. We especially love imitating when Heidi says “Oooh, that’s baad”–but that is a digression. 🙂 We really love watching how Tim Gunn mentors fledgling designers. We try to ignore the arguments and sniping, but sometimes you can only stare in wonder as the designers argue.

    Watching how the designers evolve during the course of a season is fascinating! I am always in awe of how many of them really seem to bloom and find their personal style.

  2. I’ve never actually watched PR, but I may just have to. =)

  3. I’m so with you on this. I love that show. Have you tried “Love, Lust or Run” on TLC? Another addiction of mine. I love that you made your daughter Barbie clothes.

  4. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    I love this post 🙂 My grandmother was a seamstress too, and yes, she made me clothes for my Barbie dolls too. I’ve never watched Project Runway, but I have seen Ice Road Truckers – (Love it!). One of my guilty pleasures for years was What Not to Wear (Moved on to Love, Lust, or Run with Stacy, now), and Say Yes to the Dress. I love clothes and seeing what designers come up with.


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