Constructing: Kristina J. Faves of 2010

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

When I built this, I was just wanting something breezy and light, and this completely fit the bill.
I wish I could find a store-full of this fabric--I'd buy it all up, 'cuz I can think of a hundred interesting ways to manipulate it.

This dress is what I came up with for a Valentine's date with the husbie.
I got an email once asking if this was a bolero over a tank dress, but it's actually all one piece.
This double ruffle thing is technique I use all the time.

I found this print in the quilting section of my fabric store and fell in love...or at least very strong like. I'm a huge sucker for a shirt-dress. I don't even know how many of these I've made in my life...there's been that many. I love these Seychelles, too.

This isn't a dress, but anything a girl puts on at least once a week has to be on the faves list, no?
I literally made this in a little over an hour...which I sorta regret, 'cuz I wanted an orange skirt so bad and like, RIGHT NOW, that I didn't take time to put in pockets, which is the only thing I don't just love about this skirt.

This poor fabric. The dress was originally a maternity sack...hehehe...then I reworked it into something less sacky...and reworked it again into what you see here. I really like this...it's makes my eyes look super blue and I always feel special when I put it on. Dupioni silk just does that for a girl, ya know?

So, this isn't actually one of my original designs. My readers voted to see me create a version of the Ruffled Plaid Dress that Anthropologie carried this fall, and this was the result. I can't take credit for the design, but I L-O-V-E this dress! I used the softest flannel ever and it's like putting on a warm, cozy blanket, except the look is much more fly, I guess.

There you have it. Kristina Clemens sounding off on KRISTINA J.
I love building pretty things for myself, but hope this year sees me constructing a certain amount of fabulousness for Y-O-U!
Much Love, mah dears!

25 comments:

  1. Looove the orange skirt! Totally something I could wear almost every day of my life. :)

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  2. I loveeeeeee the first dress!!!!


    Thanks for stopping by

    www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com

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  3. I adore both the shirt dress and the blue reworked one! They are so beautiful!
    Love love!

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  4. You are such a talent! These dresses are gorgeous, and deserve to be on retail. My fave is the Indian Summer dress - i love that entire look!

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  5. Kristina I love your outfits. Thank you so much for your nice comment the other day. I must say I also come to you for inspiration, thanks!

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  6. Kristina you are so talented! I wish I could do something like this, the closest I'll ever come is probably beginner knitting. I just finished a scarf...

    I saw the other day that you have a big project on the go that you might be announcing soon - I really home it is something to do with your dressmaking as you are fantastic!

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  7. Wow....all these are just gorgeous. I cant even say which one i like best, they are all soooo pretty. You are really, really talented.

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  8. I love the orange skirt so much, but I am afraid that the Indian Summer dress is the true stealer of my heart! =)

    Happy New Year to you, Kristina J.!

    ~Sarah

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  9. That orchid whisper dress blows my mind - I love it with the pin and belt - just TDF!

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  10. I'm excited to see what 2011 fashion holds for you!

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  11. Seriously?! I love every single outfit you post. If I lived in your hometown or even somewhat near you I'd pay you big bucks to teach me to sew at least a couple dresses!! I guess I'll just have to dream for now.

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  12. I just love Orchid Whisper, Frippery and Once Upon A Midnight! I can't wait for you to start selling your designs...you can sure count me in!! :)

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  13. This is so great! I have only been reading since October so I am loving this compilation.
    The Orchid Whisper dress is breathtaking. I literally just gasped out loud at my desk. I would buy any of your designs in a heart beat!

    Lisa
    www.sweetlaundry.blogspot.com

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  14. Kristina ~ I can't tell you how envious I am over your sewing experitse! You are so talented and I love your choice of fabrics. I too am a sucker for a shirt dress, but to be able to make my own? Sigh...hHow lucky you are! Please let me know if you ever go in the biz, I will happily be your first customer. ;) ~ Susan

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  15. Kristina, these are so wonderful. *Blissful sigh* Thanks!

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  16. They are all totally fabulous! But my inner pattern maker is coming out and i love the classic shirt dress. Great stuff, girl! Keep on doing what you doing!

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  17. Kristina,

    Found your blog a few weeks ago and I'm in love. Oh goodness, that first shot is beautiful. I was having fun with winter styling, but seeing that picture has me DYING for spring!! Thanks for the wonderful OOTD posts!

    Check out my new Anthro blog!

    Kim
    ArrayofAnthro.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I L-O-V-E your blog! I adore seeing what freelance designers come up with. One day I'm hoping to gather enough courage to be one too ;)
    Your clothes are gorgeous! I'm going to have to scour through your whole blog now, hope you don't mind!
    ~Crystal

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  19. Just stumbled upon your blog; love the dresses, love the writing - now following to start 2011 :)

    -mizdragonfly.blogspot.com

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  20. you have lot of pretty dresses ! like your style x

    www.thefashionmom.com

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  21. I love the "once upon a midnight" dress, and I love reading your blog. It's so inspiring!!!

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  22. oh you are so talented!
    thanks for dropping by :)

    http://bonjourbellerue.blogspot.com/

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  23. These dresses are gorgeous! What talent..."Frippery" had me combing ebay for vintage anthro before I realized that you made it yourself. Amazing!

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  24. Kristina! Your summer wardrobe is amazing :):):) Can I please live in your closet?! Super cute post ! I have no words for the white ruffly dress :D

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  25. Pretty Blue Dress!!!!!


    Pearl

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