Spring '12 Collection: Bryce Colorblock

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bryce Colorblock Dress

You can't have a collection inspired by color layering without giving a nod to the arches and exquisite color at Bryce National Park. I wanted the colors in this dress to be dramatic and was happy the dress turned out so close to my original sketch. I also love how the structure of the folds and pleats are imposed over the softest pink, while the more intense shades are built into the fluid motion of the circle skirt.
For me, the Bryce Colorblock dress represents a career dress with enough shine to be worn out on the town.  It's girly and fun, but practical enough in design to play many different roles in a wardrobe.
This is the first elastic waist dress I've ever made.  Honestly.  I know elastic is usually the go-to material of ease, but for what ever reason, I've always been leery of it.  I tend to build more structured pieces, but the possibility of designing for various body types made me consider how versatile fit might be less an issue with elastic. 
After constructing this dress, I'm a little more confident that elastic is a viable option (as long as the cut is great and it's not totally obvious that the waist is elastic).  After all, the point is to build dresses that make women feel each piece was built specifically for her...and that's not going to happen if the dress fits like a sack. 

What sort of occasion would you attend wearing the Bryce Colorblock dress?

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25 comments:

  1. beautiful! i love the pink! you are such a lovely lady, love your curls. (:
    thanks for your sweet words! how neat you are called snuggle bug too!(:

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  2. I love this. You're too talented.

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  3. This piece is AMAZING... so beautiful and it fits so perfectly! Thank you for following... we are big fans :)

    Can't wait to see more!

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  4. Very, very pretty Kristina!

    I love your theme for this collection so much :)

    I'm a sucker for anything with an Arizona, desert, etc. theme or colors!!

    Wow...The bottom of this dress reminds me so much of Anthro's **Ballia** dress that I pine for!!!

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=933049&navAction=jump&navCount=

    Can't wait to see the others!
    Have a great day :0)

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  5. Oh how I love this dress! From the colors to the style, to it's length... Beautiful job Kristina!!

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  6. So cute and the color blocking! Dying!

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  7. Love the inspiration, the shiny fabric, and how fitted it is. :) And thanks for visiting my blog. I made the skirt with Dana from Made's Can Can Skirt pattern. :)

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  8. I love the flow of the skirt on this - gorgeous!

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  9. oh this is sooo pretty! Bravo Kristina...your designs are just gorgeous...wish we could all wear them!

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  10. This dress so pretty and feminine!! The shades of pink are just gorgeous and I love the ruffles around the neckline. I would wear this to a tea party or lunch out with my friends. I love it!!

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  11. Your design and sewing skills are AMAZING. Beautiful dress. I love it. I love the details you put into the bodice and the swirly bottom of the skirt. Beautiful.

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  12. That dress looks amazing on you. Of course I'm sure you look amazing in whatever you wear. I love your blog. So many great inspiring projects. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.

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  13. I just found your blog and I'm blown away by the beauty you create! The best part about each dress is how classy yet modest yet fashionable they are. You've inspired me. Thanks.

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  14. ssooo pretty! i love pink

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  15. Kristina...these are just GORGEOUS dresses...absolutely love this one!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  16. Totally love this - you could take it to work or to a summer wedding. :) Beautiful!

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  17. stunning! check out our 10 best holiday dresses under $100!

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  18. BEAUTIFUL! Pink looks great on you. AHHHHHHHHH You are SO TALENTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. I lost all my words! It's just Waaaauuuu! You are so beautiful! The dress is perfect! so many details.

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  20. Youve been featured!! :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  21. Hi Kristina, that outfit looks absolutely adorable on you. The colours really do you justice. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  22. This is a fantastic dress! I'm graduating in the spring with my BFA and would totally wear this to my senior show. So pretty. Congrats on the new line!

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