QWhat was the first garment you ever made?
ANothing to brag about, just a pair of cheap cotton rainbow striped fabric pants with a drawstring.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
AI love sewing to Edith Piaf, She and Him, Noah and the Whale, MGMT.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential?
AMy sister Christy wanted to go to school for interior design, and I toured Brooks College with her when I was 11. The college also had a fashion Design Program. I saw all of the dress forms and fashion illustrations, and it was at that point I wanted to be a designer.
AAnna Sui, Dior.
AHairstylist at Voila Salon Spa and Parfumerie.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had?
AReceptionist, administrative assistant, logistics department employee.
QWhat is a fashion must?
ALove my retro ugly sweater collection.
QWhat is your design training?
AI’m primarily self-taught. My mother taught me the basics at 11. I would sew off and on as a teenager, and it wasn’t until 2007 at my first fashion show production that I designed a collection.
QHave you won any awards related to design?
AIn 2010 I won Mastermind with Westword and was interviewed in their paper for Fashion in Denver. In May 2011 I won a Vitaminwater fashion competition, for creating a look inspired by their beverage called Glow.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer?
AI shine in creating clothes that are wearable, unique and have a ton of style. I enjoy mixing patterns, colors and creating a proportionate silhouette.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer?
AI’ve never worked with specialized industrial equipment, so I feel I could get stronger in that area. I try to push myself by working with different fabrics and creating out-of-the-box designs, but I could always use more help with textiles and execution.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years?
AI have always been influenced by different eras. Right now I am working on a collection that has a modern, wearable '20s feel with art deco lines.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
ACotton, knit, linen, denim.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing?
QDo you prefer sketching or draping?
QDo you prefer patterns or solids?
QWhat are your favorite colors?
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer?
AHaving creative blockage.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
QWho are your favorite style icons?
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?
AModern take on a Grace Kelly '40s suit, pencil skirt, with a tailored belted jacket.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for?
AZooey Deschanel. A high-waisted ruffled trouser with a blouse.
QWho's your supermodel muse?
QWhat do you look for in a model?
AWalk, attitude, face. I like models that have soft features with large eyes.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
ALet 'Em Have It.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
AProducing fashion shows.
QDream place to set up your design business?
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
QHow were you described as a kid?
AShy, nerd, loner, outcast.
QHow are you described now?
AOutgoing, creative, ambitious, driven.
QCan you describe your family?
ASecond to last kid, two boys and four girls in the family. I'm very close to one sister.
QDo you have any pets?
AFour cats: Nemo, Robot Boy, Dr. Mondo, Little Gamma Ray.
QDo you have any nicknames?
AFally. Only my family calls me that.
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
AI can get along with almost anyone. I'm easygoing and let things roll off my shoulders.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home?
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing?
AGardening, shopping, antique shopping, drawing
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows?
APulp Fiction, all Wes Anderson movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, No Country for Old Men, Project Runway, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire.
QWhat are your favorite websites?
Aetsy.com, shopruche.com, anthropologie.com
QYour Twitter handle?
QWhat are your favorite books and authors?
ALost Art of Compassion, The Answer. Haven’t had much time to read lately!
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
QFast food or gourmet?
QCooking or takeout?
ACooking, if I have time.
QBeer or wine?
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
AJay from Season 1.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
ACandy store challenge, flower challenge.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?
ADepends on the team. I think it would be great to collaborate and make something you might not think of, but on the other hand it might be hard to sew somebody’s garment and to say who you would eliminate.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
AI sent my application in last year. I was surprised I got so far the first time sending my application in, and I had to give it another shot.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway?
AI think I have what it takes to win. I can be humble, work great under pressure and grow from the feedback of the judges.