After designer Leanne Marshall made us all proud as the first Portlander to win Project Runway, she took off to New York to make a proper name for herself. Nearly five years later, she’s established herself in the Big Apple keeping busy making dresses for clients like Paula Abdul and a thriving couture bridal line. While her floating drapey pieces can range from the hundreds to the thousands, we know how you can get Marshall-ed for less.
Teaming up with one of the nations biggest pattern companies, Simplicity offers the Leanne Marshall collection with complete patterns for the DIYers of us willing to break out the sewing machine and tackle a look. Each envelope comes with Marshall’s original sketch and two versions of how to alter the pattern to your taste. Not sure if your stitching skills are up to par? Simplicity even has a series of video tips from Marshall on their site to walk you through the tougher bits.
Bonus point: When you finish a creation in your own color and fabric choice, you can tell your friends you “co-designed” the look with a Project Runway winner.