Sunday, November 30, 2008

HotPatterns Cosmopolitan Dress

Dudes. I am so making this dress again.

My 20 year high school reunion was last night, and I needed a new dress. I chose to finally make HotPatterns Deco Vibe Cosmopolitan Dress, after having this pattern for ages. I traced off a size 10, but then started thinking that it might be a bit small, so I serged the whole thing together using 1/4" seams. I needn't have worried, as it's a wee big. The only other adjustment I did was to add the constrast bands, like Jalie 2449. I used the long version of the skirt, shortening it 4" before I cut it out, and then shortening it another 1" before I put in a 1" hem.

This is a quick dress to make. I think I took more time deciding which fabric to use and cutting it than actually sewing it. The fabric was from my 'collection', bought locally, and the black contrast is powerdry, since that's what I had and I started this Friday night after supper. I was finished by Saturday afternoon, and I had taken some breaks to feed people, do the housework thing, and paint my toenails (important stuff, you know!). I wore it last night to my reunion, with a black cami (since it's a bit big, it's also a bit low) and my black patent boots. It'll make a nice holiday dress too.

FYI -- HotPatterns is doing a buy one/get one free sale right now, but only through midnight Monday. I've got my eye on the Kimono Wrap dress.


Lindsey in AL said...

Gorgeous, Linda! I can't wait to see a pic of you modeling it! As always, you inspire me to sew more for myself. I have the Jalie pattern you mentioned and I desperately need attractive tops- I should do the math, no? Besides, I'd really like to get pregnant sometime in the near future and there's no more sure way of doing that than making or buying attractive non-maternity clothes.

I've been working on my top-stitching skills lately (on little crafty projects) and I always think of you when it comes out nice.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Linda, I concur! It is one gorgeous dress and I know you looked amazing in it!!! Hope you had a good time!

Micki said...


The dress turned out so nice, but your sewing is always great. Hope you had fun at your reunion.


New Mama said...

That dress is BEAUTIFUL!

Cheryl said...

The dress is gorgeous! You are the only one that could pull this off the night before and feed 3 kids, a husband and a dog!(and other things...) You're one of a kind! I can't wait to see a pic of you in it.

margot said...

Looks like a fabulous fabric to make it in... great job.

cidell said...

It is like THE best dress pattern ever. LOVE it with the contrast bands in the wrap. Mental note!

suzee said...

Betcha were hot. The black boots sound perfect.

Photos with you in it?

You make it sound so easy, I might try it. I haven't made anything for myself in years and years.