Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Met Tim Gunn!

Sorry, readers. Sew-Along posts will have to wait until tomorrow. Because I. Met. Tim. GUNN! Prepare yourselves for a post with an abundance of exclamation points.

Oh, where to begin? First, I must tell you that it was a work event. I so happen to be employed by the company that published Tim's latest (fabulous) book Gunn's Golden Rules. I about died when I found out we'd have an in-house book signing! It was limited attendance, so you know I was one of the first to get on line. (Work? What work? Tim Gunn is here!) I established myself as the dorkiest fan when I brought my Tim Gunn American Library Association poster for him to sign.

We were all waiting outside of the conference room where he was to be signing. And then down the hall comes Mr. Gunn himself! He was so charming, saying hello to everyone and thanking us for waiting.  And, as you probably guessed, he was impeccably dressed. And his shoes were very shiny.

Now for the best part. When it was my turn to meet him, I introduced myself and then he complimented my dress! And actually asked "Who are you wearing?"(!!!) Well, readers, I about died of happiness and replied, "I made it!" Tim seemed quite impressed by that, requested that I spin for him, and then asked if I designed it myself (I had!). Readers, I couldn't believe what he said next: he declared that I was "very talented." He continued regarding my dress, with that fist-to-chin pose that he does so well, and then said, "Goodness! I'm examining you like you're some sort of object." I assured him that it was an honor to be objectified by him.

Then I unfurled my poster for him to sign, which seemed to amuse him, though he looks rather serious in the photo below.

We had our picture taken, and that was that! My brush with the great Mr. Gunn.

What a thrill to meet someone so widely beloved—and to discover that he's just as charming (perhaps more so) in person than on TV.

In closing, a few more exclamation points: !!!!!

113 comments:

  1. Tim Gunn admired your handmade clothing!! Amazing!!!

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  2. OMG OMG OMG!!!! Quite right he should acknowledge your talent.. I'm beyond envious. Did you tell him about your own book?

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  3. wow wow wow!!! I am so happy for you!

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  4. Speechless!!!! Oh wow--how cool is it that you not only met Tim Gunn, but he also complimented your beautiful dress?!?!?!?!?! How exciting and fun!! :D

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  5. SHUT UP! Best post EVER!

    Thank you for sharing your meet n greet! My husbie and I LOL-ed so much, and totes did our own impression of Tim Gunn's hand/fist under chin!

    LOVE IT

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  6. Lucky Gal!!! What a great story and the pictures are so cute, he was right ti compliment your dress. I love the phrase "Who are you wearing?" It's like you're Buffalo Bill or something.

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  7. Best Tim Gunn encounter ever! Did you get to tell him about your future book?

    Love the Gunn, and glad to hear more anecdotes that demonstrate that he is the same wonderful person that we think he is.

    Who are you wearing? Priceless!!!

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  8. I don't really know about Tim Gunn (will google now) but on the poster: is this Thomas Mann he is reading? Why? very interested ...!

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  9. I am so jealous. I LOVE Tim Gunn and he is right about your dress.

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  10. This put a HUGE smile on my face. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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  11. How could Tim not love your dress? Before you know it you'll be a guest judge for a vintage inspired challenge!

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  12. You are so lucky to be able to have meet Tim Gunn! I love Tim Gunn, he makes Project Runway soooo much better!

    And he complimented your dress!! I would have died. Right there. Before I had even gotten his autograph....

    You are so lucky!!

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  13. You are so very lucky. Glad to hear that Mr. Gunn is really as nice as he appears on TV.

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  14. Congratulations!!!! thats great!

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  15. all i can say is !!!!!!!!

    and, well, !!!!!! yay!

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  16. Oh my!!! That's so awesome!! More exlamation points for you... !!!!!!

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  17. How adorable! I am so thrilled that it was a delightful meeting, and that he really lovely as he seems.

    And just for you: !!!!!!!

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  18. !!!!!!

    Isn't he a dear? How wonderful for you!!!

    I've been reading and thoroughly enjoying his book. That's so fabulous that your company published it.

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  19. Green. With. Envy! Oh, but how wonderful to receive a compliment from him. It was well-deserved, that's for sure!

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  20. Wow, lucky you!! And I love that he complimented your dress--more so that he wanted to know who the designer was!

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  21. wow. oh wow. I am just green with envy!

    and isn't it wonderful to know for sure that he is as kind in real life as he seems to be on telly?

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  22. That is so rad! You're the best!!

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  23. That's fantastic. But you know any day now Mr. Gunn is going to be boasting that he met you! Bet he turns up for your book signing.

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  24. eeeee!!! Amazing! I'm so happy for you!!

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  25. Wow!!! I'm pretty sure I'd be a complete babbling mess if I met Tim Gunn. Of course I wouldn't be wearing something fabulous I designed and made myself, either. What a fabulous day!!

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  26. Ohh I'm so Jealous. your a very lucky lady! Congrats. Tim is amazing.

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  27. Wow, that's so amazing!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Wow, that is so fabulous!! I love that he was impressed with the dress you designed, too. That of course makes it that much more fabulous! :)

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  29. Bless your little fangirl self :oD Sounds like an amazing meeting. Must be fab when someone you admire compliments your skills. I'm very impressed that he asked who you were wearing!

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  30. EEEP! I'm so jealous right now!! And what an honor that he asked who you were wearing!!!

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  31. I went SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just for you!

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  32. Work it Gertie! Congratulations and you deserve his admiration as you are talented!

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  33. Wow, what a wonderful compliment :-D.
    You totally deserved it.
    Tania

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  34. I don't know who Tim Gunn is ...but son of a Gunn you worked it and he now knows who you are ....

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  35. so fantastic :) congratulations on such a wonderful compliment! enjoy every exclamation point! :)

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  36. That's a pretty fantastic story to tell the grandkids! :-)

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  37. It makes you wonder how many people on PR really can sew and construct well. Drape, definitely. But really have drafting and technical skills? Not like our Gertie. No wonder he was gobsmacked. You go, girl.

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  38. Goosebumps! and a few more exclamation points!!! But, I have to ask--an American Library Association poster? Does this mean that by day you're a librarian and by night a obsessed seamstress? Hey-me too!

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  39. Whoot! That is so cool. I have to get his book. I know I am violating most of his rules right now. I do have an autographed Tim Gunn bobble head which sits on a shelf in my sewing room overlooking my sewing machine.

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  40. Squeee!!

    So wonderful to hear he's as lovely as he seems - and your dress thoroughly deserves compliments.

    ...And extra awesome points (from a librarian) for getting him to sign your ALA poster

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  41. Congratulations! You must have been on cloud nine!

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  42. Oh my giddy aunt, how brilliant! A meeting, a signed poster AND a fist-on-chin appraisal of your amazing work. There's no such thing as too many exclamation marks for this.

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  43. Aw, thanks for sharing the exclamation points with me, everyone!

    About the poster: no, I'm not a librarian, but a book editor. And I love librarians!

    Andrea, yes, he's holding a Thomas Mann book. It's a series of posters where celebrites are photographed with their favorite books.

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  44. OMG! What a fab moment & you have pics to prove it happened so you don't have to pinch yourself in case it was all a dream :)!

    And how amazing that he loved your dress (YAY!!).

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  45. Way to totally SCORE!! Tim Gunn loving a retro-styled dress! Compliments from Tim Gunn on your work!!! (You can't have too many exclamation points. ;D)!!!!! Kudos to you!

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  46. OMG. So cool. I would be floating for days - nay, weeks - after that encounter.

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  47. AAAAH!!! I am squealing for you, it is just so exciting! I kind of met him once, at a cast party/opening night party here in DC, and he was there but... not like you! I wasn't wearing anything I made either, and what fantastic compliments to get from him!

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  48. OMG.... I can't believe it Tim Gunn that must be in you top 3 it would defo be in mine, I'm green with envy... wow :o) xx

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  49. I'm so thrilled for you! and I'm glad that you brought that ALA poster! As a librarian, I'm proud that you brought the poster! You go, girl!

    Rose in SV

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  50. Isn't he just darling! I met him at a up close and personal setting "The Cochran College of Art" in DC. His talk was about his book. He answered everyone's questions, took pics, and signed anything that was asked of him. He was so gracious!

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  51. While very very awesome, it makes me wonder... Knowing you were going to see Tim Gunn today, how did you decide WHICH of your fabulous dresses to wear? But actually, I genuinely like the blue version he complimented you on better than its yellow cousin. The colour suits you.

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  52. So jealous! I'm loving that he loved your dress. You look like at least two million bucks! I'm so glad he's as nice as he seems.

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  53. Awesome! I'm just about done with his book and it's just as cute as he is. The stories are so fun to read.

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  54. I am so jealous. And he loved your dress!! so cool. I have such a crush on him.

    ~Sewjourner

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  55. Oh, I'm so envious! I LOVE Tim Gunn! To have him notice and *compliment* your dress - the thrill.

    Have you thought about auditioning for Project Runway?

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  56. I'm sure everybody else is thinking this, but Gertie, how awesome would if be if you competed on Project Runway!!!?

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  57. Love Tim Gunn! OMG, that is so wonderful that he was impressed with your work (as he very well should be)!!! I am so seriously jealous. :)

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  58. You absolutely deserve his admiration of your work! The dress is beautiful. How wonderful for you!!

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  59. Squeeeeaaallll!!!!! Doin' the happy dance for ya. He liked your dress :) I'll bet you were floating the rest of the day...heck float the rest of the week:):)

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  60. sooo freakin' awesome!!!!!!! very jealous!!!

    xo,
    cb

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  61. How lucky!
    And I definitely agree with Tim, you're very talented!

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  62. Gertie, thanks for the answer :-) Gotta to find out now what his favourite TM is - now that I know why you are so amazed to have met him ;-)

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  63. Amazing! And so jealous on so many levels -- that you met him, that he loved your dress and your skills, and that you have the skills to make something so awesome!

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  64. O!M!G!!!! And to also have him admire your gorgeous dress!!!Congrats to you!

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  65. I'm for Gertie JUDGING PR, not participating...

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  66. Wonderful! Of course he loved your dress--it's impeccable and classy. So glad you had a great experience.

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  67. That's so awesome! Even though we are sewing renegades that love to do our own thing, it is so nice to get acknowledgment from someone you admire. Congratulations!

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  68. Holy jealous, Batman!!! Congrats that he complimented your fabulous dress! I think they should do a Project Runway season for the home sewer!!

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  69. SPEEEECHLESSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and some more !!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!! :)

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  70. so exciting!! I would have GEEKED OUT!

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  71. that's so wonderful, I would be so star struck if I met Tim Gunn, he's so lovely!

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  72. Well, Gertie, you might as well quit now! It's like one of those silly daydreams, come true! How very satisfying!

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  73. Yay Yay Yay!!!!
    That's soooo awesome Gertie!!!
    I would have thought Tim was blind if he didn't compliment your dress...it's so lovely!
    I'm so excited for you, it must be heavenly to have your work recognized by such a great gent like Tim Gunn!

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  74. Fantastic!!! What an awesome experience!

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  75. Best compliment EVER. Holy smokes.

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  76. I LOVE this story. It made my day. Congratulations--Tim Gunn now knows what all your readers already knew. :)

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  77. How Exciting!!!!! You received a comment from the Great Tim Gunn!!!! You've made it to the Big Leagues when Tim Gunn confirms your talent! Congrats Lady!!!!

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  78. That is soo awesome! At first read I couldn't figure out why Mr. Gunn wrote your poster out to Gertrude. Boy did I feel slow...

    He's coming to Chicago soon too! This makes me want to meet him.

    He's gonna be calling you up soon to do designs! :)

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  79. This is so cool! I smiled so big as I read the post! You are the luckiest girl in the whole wide world! And to have him comment on your fabulous dress....that's just pure genius. You totally deserve it! So happy for you!

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  80. Oh My Gosh!!! How exciting for you! He's just so great. Feeling jealous and happy for you. And he was right, your dress is great.

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  81. Color me green with envy!! I've missed him twice now in LA and I can't get over it. I LOVE that he complimented your dress and that it was one you had made!! Best story evah!

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  82. So cool! What a compliment to receive!!! My sister met him once... Believe it or not, just walking down the street in NYC, and she said the same thing - that he was so friendly and charming. He even posed with her for a picture!!! Can you believe that?!?!?

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  83. This is just FANTASTIC!!! I am so envious you got the opportunity to meet him...I just <3 <3 <3 him and his "Make It Work" type quotes and constructive critiques he gives on PR. It is wonderful he admired your design as well. To have it all photographed so that you could share with all of us is GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks Soooo Much!

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  84. What a wonderful day! Thanks for telling us all about it so we can share in your fun.

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  85. Gertie,

    That is simply exhilarating! What a day! As you know I love Tim Gunn - and how charming! Congratulations on the compliments from TG. You deserve them!!

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  86. wow, congratulations! He sounds really nice. Great photos, too!!
    !!!

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  87. How super-fantastic; the dress and the celebrity!

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  88. omggggg!!! I would have died, I love Tim Gunn. and then to have him admire ur dress, but i'm not surprised by that the clothing you make is superb.

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  89. I am so freaking excited for you! Tim Gunn is so sweet to say that to you!

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  90. Oh, you´ve been touched by The Divine!
    I do worship His Holiness, in fact I´m on a lifelong mission to find a real- life sized cardboard cut of The Holy with his hand on his chin. I intend to make this cutout stand in my sewing quarters as a constant reminder for me to " make it work ".
    And yes, that dress is very lovely and yes- you obivously are very talented.

    Gosh! Such greatnesses!

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  91. This is such a fabulous entry. I'm so excited for you. "Who are you wearing?" Priceless! I agree w/ Emily, I'd love to see you on PR. Even more so, I want Tim Gunn to discover your fabulous blog. It's one thing to say, "Gertie got to meet Tim Gunn". I want to hear Tim Gunn say, "I got to meet Gertie!"

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  92. Awesome! Im totally jealous! Im not surprised he loved your dress. Its fab!

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  93. I'm French and I have no idea who Tim Gunn is (is it appropriate to add some more exclamation points here ? Yes I think it is !)!!
    But you sound really happy so I'm happy for you !
    I had a question about the blue yellow dress though : did you use horsebraid hair on the hem ?
    I bought some, never used it, but if this is the effect achieved, I will wait no more !
    Bye & thanks, from a fellow sewist and publisher (I wish I met stars at my job, but we publish economics books !!)

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  94. YOU TWIRLED FOR TIM GUNN?!?!
    wooooooooooooooooow!

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  95. Wow! How exciting! It's a wonder he didn't invite you to try out for season nine! I'm so jealous, and so thrilled for you!

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  96. Awesome, Amazing, Lucky!!!
    He is sooo cool :)

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  97. Eeeeek! Tim Gunn is wonderful, and to have him study you like a work of art must've been quite a moment of pride!!

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  98. Wow. That is awesome! I love Tim Gunn! And to have him compliment you on your dress, fabulous!

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  99. OMG OMG OMG!!! i know i'm repeating everyone else, but holy moly, you met tim gunn and he asked who you were wearing and WAS IMPRESSED!!!

    i feel like i met a celebrity by association!

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  100. OH what a great story, and a compliment to your construction/fitting skills and style!

    Agree: "Gertie Goes a Guest Judgin'" would be an awesome PR episode -- and blog entry!

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  101. Wow - this is seriously awesome. You know you've really made it when someone l like Tim Gunn compliments your sewing. Congrats!

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  102. You deserve all the exclamation points! I just LOVE Tim Gunn! He is my favorite person on project runway! That is a huge compliment that he was lovin' on your dress!

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  103. WOW! What fun! And what a boost to have your work favorably critiqued by Mr Gunn himself!

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