Barbara Nitke

The designers must create a look for a woman of any age or size…for their size 2 model to wear

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September 29, 2016 at 09:43 PM EDT

A few weeks ago, you may have seen an article circulating the web written by our own Tim Gunn. His Washington Post article talked about how frustrated he was with the fashion industry for not paying enough attention to women of all sizes. He specifically pointed out the “every woman” challenge on Project Runway, during which the designers usually groan about having to design for someone who isn’t their model.

Well, whaddya know, season 15’s every woman challenge is here. But there’s a catch: The designers have to design looks women of every size and age can appreciate…except they’re still fitting it on their “7-foot-tall glamazon” (to quote Tim Gunn). I guess the plus side is that none of the designers grumble?

This challenge may not have broken any fashion barriers, but it was an entertaining hour, so let’s get to it!

As the designers start working, here’s what we know: They have one day and $150 worth of Mood fabric to create their everyday woman look. Oh, and Just Fab is sponsoring this week’s challenge, so the winning look will be sold on their site. I think Just Fab is one of those sites where you have to be a member, so I’m not sure how you’d buy just one item, but I digress…

Last week’s winner, Erin, is creating a large tunic for the girl who likes to “eat a bunch of snacks, but put on heels and go out.” I like to eat snacks. Erin just might be bypassing Tasha as my favorite. She uses neoprene in a bright coral and baby blue, which sounds terrifying, but we’ll trust her for now. Last week’s loser, Brik, is making a denim jacket and a knit pant for the girl who “goes all out even to the grocery store.” Honestly, Brik must be using the Desperate Housewives as his inspiration for what an “everyday woman” is.

While all the sewing and designing is going on, there’s also a storm a-brewing. And its name is Cornelius. He may smile to your face, but according to Nathalia, “He’ll claw you real quick.” Dexter says he’s trying to stay out of it, but his running around the room to tell everyone he’s staying out of it proves otherwise. Not much happens with that this week, but based on previews, we all know something’s coming. So for now, I guess it’s more Tropical Depression Cornelius than a true storm. Stay tuned.

Laurence gets a significant amount of screen time tonight as she explains how she had her daughter at 16. After finding out she was pregnant, her dad disowned her and she didn’t speak to him at all before he died in 2007. It’s a very sad and touching story, but she’s close with her daughter and says — with tears in her eyes — that it must have all been worth it. Everyone go call your parents right now.

The Project Runway editors clearly aren’t used to such touching moments anymore, because we awkwardly transition to Tim’s critiques. He’s worried about Erin’s use of glitter, but she stands confident in her design — in a non-Ian way. (RIP Ian.) Tim doesn’t have many qualms with Linda’s knit dress and urban kimono, but Laurence says the fabric she chose isn’t flattering on most women. *foreshadowing*

On Laurence’s end, Tim is worried about the jumpsuit she’s making. Her sketch and construction features lots of volume, which Tim points out isn’t great on anyone larger than a size 12. She starts to rework it, and yet she’s still ahead of Kimber, who has nothing to show Tim but a sketch of high-waisted pants and a crop top. It’s not exactly clear what she’s been doing, but she’s not worried about time — she says this word-for-word to the camera and even adds “at all.” Sometimes I feel like these people can’t hear themselves talk. When you say things like this, you automatically set yourself up to have a problem.

And boy, does she have a problem. When they leave at 1 a.m., she has just finished her top — but she sewed it inside out. The next morning she’s still stressed about it. I swear she says she still has to do the pants, too, but I must have misheard, because when Tim calls time she has two fairly put-together pieces on her model.

NEXT: This feels familiar…

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