Heidi: As you know, your challenge over these past two weeks was to design, knit, and finish a garment using the skills you acquired at TKGOA. JulieFricknits, we'll start with you. Tell us about your garment.
JF: Well, Heidi, I call this piece "Raspberry Hurray." I designed it for that girl who walks in through the out door. Who you might want to put on the back of your bike for a ride over to Old Man Johnson's farm. You know- who knows how to get her kicks.
Heidi: Can you tell us about the fiber you chose?
JF: This is Brooks Farm's Duet. Dee-lish, isn't it? Sort of shimmery, warm, clingy in all the right places- a total "sweater girl" yarn, if you know what I mean.
Nina Garcia: I would like to ask you why you deviated from the original assignment. While I do like your garment, this is not wholly your design, is it?
(Camera cuts to snickering show villian, Santangela Pepper.)
JF: Well, no, it isn't. What I did was to take a very popular summer look and use that as a foundation for a cold-weather garment. I lengthened the sleeves and used a bell cuff. I also hemmed the edges for a more tailored look for work or holiday parties.
NG: Okay, but while I appreciate that, this is not entirely your design.
...uncomfortable pause, drumbeats sound...
Michael Kors: Can I get a better look at those hems?
Michael: I think the construction here is quite well done.
JF: Thank you, Michael. I really enjoyed finishing this garment, and that's a first for me. I think there was an extra sense of pride involved in making the design my own.
...drumbeats, camera pans, lip-chewing, general fidgeting...
Heidi: Julie Fricknits...you're in. You may leave the runway.
Julie Fricknits post-runway confessional: I felt the judges were fair. They could see the potential in my work, and I'm grateful for that. Working with mohair during a heatwave- they could tell I was dedicated to the project. And between you and me? My model was kind of a bitch.