Jeremy asserts that he's making a drop-dead gorgeous cocktail dress out of placemats. Kate plans to pleat some trash bags into another cocktail dress, because she doesn't think there's time for a gown. Dom tells Justin and Helen that they should go big, because the other teams are going safe. Good plan!
The usual sewing montage ensues, and the only highlight is Ken rolling his eyes to the moon and back when Alexandria shows him something.
And then! Oh no! Tim comes in and he's got Sandro with him. Get lost, Sandro. Nobody wants to hear your apologies or to get closure or anything. Turn around and get off my television screen. Blah blah blah hug hug hug and he eventually leaves. Good.
Tim now begins his check-in. First up, Alexander, Bradon and Miranda! They've been working some raffia window blinds into some really neat shapes, and Tim is delighted. Jeremy sneers that it's costume-y. But Tim even likes Miranda's quilted wallpaper. So it's fine!
Jeremy, Karen and Kate are next. Karen claims that they're going for "futuristic" and "art deco," but her plan just makes Tim think "quilt." He reminds them that they're supposed to make their weird materials "ascend to sophistication," and their explanations get much better. He doesn't like that they're just using placemats, so Jeremy starts showing some of the other junk they bought. Kate is concerned about trying to keep her dress sleek while still using a bunch of junk for the sake of junk.
Dom, Justin and Helen. Tim is concerned that they spent only $600. They're sanguine (meaning "confident," not "consisting of or relating to blood") because they got plenty of wallpaper. And they have made dresses out of their wallpaper. Helen claims that they've used origami and abstract shapes. Ken thinks it looks like a walking trash bag. Tim tells them it looks like craft paper and can't imagine why they did this to themselves. The sign language lady looks like she feels sorry for having to relay these things to Justin.
Alexandria, Ken and Sue. Alexandria emphasizes the curves that tie the looks together. Ken radiates unhappiness. Sue is using… a curtain. A big fabric curtain. Tim says that sort of thing makes him sick. "You may as well have gone to Mood!" This material is insufficiently unconventional, in his opinion. Mine, too! He tells her, "I think you've thrown the whole challenge!" And then he follows that up by asking Sue if she's ever even seen Project Runway. Yow. He explains to her that the judges hate when people just use fabric in these challenges and that she could well go home for it.