Best of 2011: The Projects

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

When you spend your days trying to be creative and blogging about it, most projects turn out really great, but you're sure to have some posts you don't just love.  This post is a representation of projects from the past year that actually did work out and that, of course (because you're seeing them here) I'm really proud to call my own.

Joanna Dress from City of Black and White Collection--Original Post
You can see the rest of the collection here.
This was a different thing for me at the time....beaded fabric, flutter sleeves, the peplum. It was also the first dress I constructed with no sloper--just manipulating the fabric and cutting it out into the shapes I wanted.  I love how the simple black belt grounds the whole look.

Drifting By Dress--Original Post
This looks so intricate, but ended up being not as technical or difficult a project as I thought it might. I'd been itching to do a dress with variegated color layers for a while and felt a lot of satisfaction on the completion of this project. Such a perfect summer dress.

Volante Tee--Tutorial

The original Volante tee from Anthropologie looked like a hot mess on me, so I took this knit sweater from LOFT and re-created a version that was a better fit.  The bow measurements took a bit of trial and error, but I eventually got the proportions right.  This is still my go-to sweater. 

Unconditional Osier Dress--Original Post

I don't think this dress looks very like the original--the fabric makes it look much dressier, but it was exactly the fabric that I love, love, loved about this project.  And I thought lining it in gray silk just made it look way awesome. But of course, I'm biased. HA.

Bold Boutonniere Dress--Original Post
This was challenging, mainly because I could never find the perfect fabric for the bottom of the dress.  I came across the brown ticking in the home decor section of Jo-ann's and it worked out quite nicely.  Re-creating this dress was also much more difficult than I would have imagined, so I was really happy that it all came together this way.

Sand Sea Dress from Spring '12 Collection--Original Post
See rest of collection here.
This dress was fancy without being overkill, casual without being dull. The fabric is peachskin, my fave to work with because it swishes and hangs is such a dreamy way.  I'm quite fond of a great shirt-dress, so a shirt-dress with contrasting collar and sequined pocket?  Uhh...LOVE.

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  1. I loveeeeeeee love love the Drifting By dress! and also the Unconditional Osier dress toooo :D you are so fab!

  2. Wow, you can seriously sew. One day I hope to make something from scratch that looks that amazing! I think the Drifting by Dress is my favorite...


  3. You are seriously TALENTED Kristina!! I love all of your projects but my favorite is the Drifting by Dress! It looks so amazing on you.

  4. Thanks for your comment. I am glad that you could "see inside my head" and understand me better. And i love that white dress at the top! So cute!!

  5. I seriously love all of them. ALL of them I tell ya!

  6. You really are amazingly talented.

  7. I love all of these! You should be proud of everything because it's all so pretty and elegant! It reminds me of anthropologie :) I agree with everyone.. you are incredibly talented!

  8. The Bold Boutonniere Dress and Volante Tee are my faves. Love them! You have such great creativity and vision when it comes to fashion.

  9. Wow, creative lady. You've done good this year :) Love the pieces you've put together and amazed (jealous -> yes!) at your talent!!

  10. So many amazing designs...that Drifting By Dress and Volante Tee re-do's are amazing! You are so talented and I love seeing your creations! Happy New Year to you!

  11. These dresses are just beautiful! You are a very talented girl!

  12. You never cease to amaze me! These are absolutely stunning, can't wait to see what 2012 brings :)

  13. Love them all! Happy New Year!! Can't wait to see what you do in 2012!


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