Sarah Palin in the controversial Valentino jacket. Photo: Paul J Richards, AFP / Getty Images

Lisa A. Kline's wardrobe styling of vice presidential-nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin caused a political uproar during last year's campaign, and now she is finally telling her side of the story.

Kline, 47, a New York mother of three, says the $150,000-plus wardrobe she helped select for Palin and her brood was not "as outrageous as it seems... considering the scope of the job," as reported by New York Times, Kline added that her $54,900 fee included costs for an assistant and some expenses.

Kline also says the high fee was justified because styling the Palins included a last-minute holiday weekend assignment that left Kline so busy she slept only a few hours at a time. "It's very hard to put a figure on a 24-hour day," she told the Times.

The story reports that Kline is a self-employed fashion consultant, specializing in corporate execs and TV news personalities. She is not the Lisa Kline who owns the Los Angeles boutique with the same name.

In what soon became known as "Wardrobegate," Kline dressed Palin in Valentino, Tahari, Prada and Jimmy Choo, among other labels. She says in the article that no one questioned the amount she spent.

One of the biggest shopping sprees came right before the Republican National Convention -- over Labor Day weekend -- when Kline tells the Times she was asked to fly to Minneapolis to dress the entire Palin family, including her husband, children and Bristol Palin's then-boyfriend Levi Johnston.

The last-minute trip to a Minneapolis Neiman Marcus was made to dress the family. Kline tells the source that when the purchases were rung up she was not asked for payment. "Apparently it had been prearranged," she says.

Kline describes Palin in the story as a size 4 or 6 and "very attractive, with beautiful skin, if a bit dowdy before the transformation. ...She was very, very sweet. I felt comfortable right away with her. She definitely had an opinion about the clothes, but it was a gentle opinion. If she didn't like something, it was, 'Oh, I don't think so.'"

As for that $25,000 Valentino jacket from Saks that Palin wore during her RNC acceptance speech?

Kline tells the Times she found the jacket to be a little too grand, so she removed its gold buttons and a big swoop of fabric in front, as well as shortened the sleeves to three-quarter length.

"I felt I had achieved my goal," Kline says in the story. "I thought she looked great. I really did. It was perfect for the occasion."

We're not so sure Valentino would agree!

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