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Dress Up Box

The Dress Up Box is my area to play with the clothing I've designed for katie james. It's not for sale at this time, but perhaps someday. All designs were made with a great seamstresses in Manhattan, who is a delight to work with. Visions are brought from paper to muslin in her small but busy studio in the garment district.

This small collection was inspired by the western saloon girl with a Victorian flair.

PS: I am currently designing my wedding dress and bride's maids dresses! All secret details and eventual unveiling of the entire dress can be found at my blog, FashionMista. Find all things wedding here.

Enjoy! - Katie

The Suit

The katie james suit jacket flaunts nontraditional lines and details; while the skirt is as plain as they come, but well fitted, to complete a look of assuredness.

Cut like a rider's jacket, the swooping lines of the bottom hem, pockets, princess seam and optional high collar create a graceful yet powerful look for a suit. The edge of the cuffs are trimmed with a white, dotted cotton voil. They are upturned (shown to the left), but can extend for a longer look.

The Suit Blouse

This blouse is one where you can finally say: "I'm wearing a blouse to the party." Because honestly, who likes to wear a 'blouse.' But, when fitted properly, they can be dynamite. Cut from the dotted cotton voil, this blouse has luxurious tulip-shaped cuffss with covered buttons. The bodice of the blouse also close in covered buttons, and is accented by three pleats on each side. The collar is a mandarin collar, which was graceully elongated to reveal the neck.

The Suit with Polka Dots

Ah, polka dots. How can they not be included in a suit? Originally designed to a be a long, straight skirt with pleats, this skirt was shortened right away to show it's playful spirit. The pleats were made by a pleat maker in Manhattan, who created about twelve of them. We cut four and placed them into the skirt on a diagonal.

You can also find accessories by katie james made of this polka dot print. Just visit Girl Friendly, and check out the jewelry pouch and checkbook cover.

Scarlet Satin Jacket

The design that launched katie james. The jacket was designed as part of an assignment for my first fashion design class at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). My assignment was to create a collection using Yves Saint Laurent as an inspiration.

What surmounted was this jacket, which was inspired by a picture of a Dutch girl. The bustier is made from an embroidered silk and trimmed in a soft tulle, that flirtatiously flares in a ballerina style. Boning keeps that girlish figure, which makes this a great piece for many occasions.

The embroidery of this bustier is the inspiration for the graphics of this website, which is also available as a free wallpaper for your desktop!

the "katelette"

The "katelette" is a very fun piece to be worn during any season, depending on the fabric. The ivory "katelette" is made from raw silk and lined in velvet polka dots which are ebmossed upon silk. In brown and black, the katelette is cute from an extremely fine and soft raw silk, trimmed with fur. Silk is by its nature very warm, so this little jacket is perfect for an evening out in a drafty bar or party. During the summer, I make this piece in a lighter silk dupioni or a casual denim.

If you'd like to be notified of when the "katelette" is available, contact us!

The Sundress

And finally, the katie james sundress, made from a very soft, light and flowy embroidered cotton. The cotton was actually more sheer than we realized, so we lined it with an equally soft light pink cotton, which added just the right amount of body for twirling to a country blue-grass band in Jackson, MS. We rouched the top and had it tie behind the neck.

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