Students sew off in Project Runway competition

Team Stitchery Doo model Eboni Dale, senior in apparel merchandising, design and production, smiles for a photo after Project Runway on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in the Durham Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Team Stitchery Doo took top honors for a second year in a row. The dress was inspired by how someone would look after being struck by lightning. Photo: Josh Harrell/Iowa State Daily

Danielle Gibbons –

Team Stitcherydoo won the ISU Project Runway on Tuesday night, with their “Ferning” outfit.

The theme for this year’s event was to create a garment that had something to do with weather. Ferning happens to a person’s body after they are struck by lightning.

The judges were Kit Pistol and Christopher Diebel. Pistol is a Los Angeles designer and from the fourth season of Bravo’s “Project Runway.” Christopher Diebel is a marketing director and helps aspiring designers in the Des Moines Metro area.

Stitcherydoo was a team of five members: Sarah Huckaby, junior in apparel merchandising, design and production, Eboni Dale and Jessie Yost, seniors in apparel merchandising, design and production, David Prater, senior in mechanical engineering, and Stefan Tauber, senior in architecture.

“This is the first time that we have had teammates from different majors outside of apparel, and I think it was the best decision we ever made,” Dale said.

Stitcherydoo chose to do their outfit on ferning when Huckaby remembered a past field trip to the morgue. She saw many different types of injuries on people.

“They showed us a person that had been struck by lightning and their veins were so dark, it looked really cool and it was very inspiring,” Huckaby said.

Other than normal apparel, the group used hangers and stereo wire, bent and twisted together, and covered with copper wire. The piece was wrapped around the model’s neck and wrist. The choice was meant to emphasize veins’ appearance after they’ve been struck by lightning. The team also burnt the ends of the dress to make it look like the model had been burnt.

Diebel said Stitcherydoo had done the most work out of all the teams. Stitcherydoo researched for almost three hours Monday night.

“I wanted to see something sharp, sophisticated and wearable but at the same time really creative; that is why we chose this,” Diebel said.