Wear It Out Manuel…The Making of an Idol

On Thursday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), I had the good fortune to be at Wear It Out Manuel! located on 1001 Dickerson Pike in Nashville.  I was there for a Model Call hosted by Doll House Modeling Agency.  They were casting models for Manny’s Wine Wednesday event that will be held at Wear It Out Manuel! on March, 30th in conjunction with Nashville Fashion Week.

My purpose for being there was simply to observe and write a little blog on the Model Call itself.  But while models meandered in and out visiting with the crew from Doll House, something amazing was happening and I was there to witness it!!  Manny was doing what he does best, creating and designing. Manny had some cool batik looking fabric that was just waiting to come to life.  While there, Manny decided to make a vest out of the fabric for  none other than Paul McDonald, American Idol semifinalist.

Luckily, I had my camera and was able to take photos of the entire process while Manny explained each step and even let me help!  First thing he did, was take the vest pattern pieces and cut the fabric out.  Next, he applied a backing fabric, then ironed it so that it would stay in place.

Ironing Ninja!

Then, Manny sewed the two pieces together.

Manny pinning the garment before sewing it.

The next step of the process was to make pockets. Cause, ya know Paul has to have someplace to keep his m$ney and guitar picks.

The "People's Picasso" Working his Magic!


Oh, yeah and don’t forget the lining!

It's Tricky Business!

OK, so I have to stop at this point and tell you that this was all very fascinating and exciting to watch!  Manny made it all  look so easy!  But, I know better!  Anyway, I couldn’t help note that this vest could actually be a good luck charm for Paul. After all, it was St. Patrick’s Day and Manny was definitely wearin’ the green for good luck!

Manny's Green Boots

Oh yeah and the coolest part of all was when Manny hand stitched the arrow detail on the vest pockets!

Hand Stitching the Arrow Detail

Voila, it’s almost done!

Mission Accomplished (Almost)

Now, the only thing left to do is wait and see if Paul wears this on Idol and if it brings him luck!  A note to Paul’s stylists on the show:  Let him wear the vest!! :) Can’t wait to see what happens…..
Wear It Out Manuel!
The Legend Continues…
P.S. Come Meet Manny and see all his fabulous work at Wine Wednesday, on March 30th, 2011.  Event will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Wear It Out Manuel! 1001 Dickerson Pike.
See ya there!
Angela Wynne

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