Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan Dress

I know I’ve been promising to upload photos of my Cosmopolitan Dress for nearly two months and hear they are – finally! Honestly, I have to say that this is my very favorite new pattern of 2006. It is sophisticated, sexy, well drafted and quick and easy to sew. Without a doubt, it is the most flattering dress I have made in a looong time!

I literally whipped this up in a few hours on Thanksgiving day – just in time to wear to dinner! Because I was using a rayon/lycra knit (from Textile Studios) I made a straight 8 without any alterations except to the length.

The only other change I made was to the neckline. Instead of using the facings I opted for a quick-and-easy turned and stitched finish. I serged some lingerie elastic into the neckline and then used my blindstitch machine to secure it. I took the smallest bite possible with my needle for a neat, invisible finish that hugs my neckline.

On the pattern envelope, this dress looks like nothing more than a-line with a long belt. But, it has a beautiful inset waist and the long ties are sewn into the side seams – it is gorgeous!

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20 responses to “Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan Dress

  1. I LOVE your dress! I will have to make this when I get around to sewing again. It’s nice to see one of your projects again!! Happy New Year!

  2. Really gorgeous. Wonderful to see this made up.

  3. Gigi, I can’t tell you how glad it makes me to see you sewing again. And your dress is simply gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  4. What a beautiful dress!

  5. Lovely! I was considering ordering this pattern. It’s nice to see that you’re back at the machine.

  6. Anonymous

    Gigi, your dress is wonderful! And I’m so happy to read something from you again. Sally

  7. Gigi – that dress looks great! Glad to see you back at just whipping something up for the same evening. g

  8. Karla

    Love the dress! My muslin/ first attempt wound up looking like an Amish party dress – my fault, not the designer’s. Back to the cutting table, this time with your inspiration in mind.

  9. Oh yeah! The dress is all you said it was and more, when you initially posted about it. Glad it turned out so well.

  10. I love this dress! Glad to have you back blogging and sewing again!

  11. Really beautiful dress. I just love the color, and it looks like it has a nice drape too.

  12. Gigi – beautiful dress and sooooo glad to see you back!

  13. Anonymous

    hello gigi
    i have been looking forward to seeing this dress pattern made up – it looks lovely. nice to hear from you – it seems a loooong time since you last wrote.
    ruth

  14. This is one I have not bought … yet! Love the colours, they are perfect for you! Could you post a close up of the inset?

  15. I absolutely adore wrap dresses. They do so flatter the female form. And the color is luscious.

  16. Anonymous

    That’s areal stunner Gigi! Phyllis

  17. Great dress. It looks like it’s extremely comfortable! Very chic, too. A great combo.

  18. Corinne

    Beautiful dress! Love it. Soo glad to see you back!!
    Sorry to read about Tigger.
    I hope that your son is doing better.

  19. OP Gal

    Love your dress. S0-0-0-0 happy to see you posting again. I missed you!

  20. Katharine

    Another squeal of delight that you’re sewing & posting again! Also, CONGRATS on sewing a straight 8. I know you’ve been doing Hot Yoga and watching your line, and I’ve read your reviews to know you used to do a FBA, BBA as well as FS (and maybe HRB? I forgot). Big congratulations on sewing an 8 again! It’s been a journey but you’ve made it.