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January 22, 2007

Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan Dress

Filed under: Fabric,Pattern Reviews — Gigi @ 12:29 pm

 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!  I am making another one today to wear when I meet Ann, Phyllis and our special guests in NYC tomorrow night.  Hopefully, I’ll be having a Good Hair Day and will have a picture taken. 🙂


UPDATE 1/25/07: Here I am with Diva Phyllis in NYC. I finished this Cosmopolitan Dress the night before our trip! The fabric is a beautiful rayon/lycra from I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dress!

Phyllis is wearing the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple Shirtdress in a gorgeous, super-soft corduroy. The photo doesn’t do it justice!



  1. Bon Voyage! Have great fun in NYC

    Comment by Mary Beth — January 22, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  2. Have fun for me, too, OK?! Buy something fabulous for me to drool over!

    Comment by lorna — January 22, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  3. The dress looks great. I have had very poor luck with rayon lycra and your finish for the neckline looks great. How did you finish your sleeve and bottom hems?

    Comment by Nancy — January 23, 2007 @ 7:44 am

  4. What a lovely dress, Gigi! Your dress has inspired me to finally purchase a Hotpatterns pattern. Hope you’re having a ton of fun in NYC.

    Comment by Kim — January 24, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  5. Gigi, you look gorgeous in that dress! And it’s so nice to see you got to meet up with Phyllis in NYC. You both look wonderful!

    Comment by Maja — January 25, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  6. Both are gorgeous on you, Gigi. Can’t wait to hear details of your NYC adventure!

    Comment by Leslie in Austin — January 25, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  7. I’m hearing that Carly Simon song – Two Hot Girls on a Hot Summer Night. Okay, except for the Hot Summer Night part, it fits. You both look wonderful in your HP dresses.

    Comment by Karla — January 25, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  8. hot-CHA that’s a great looking dress. Now let’s hear all the NYC trip details! Nancy

    Comment by ndesimon — February 1, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

  9. Georgene,

    Does your cosmopolitan dress have a pattern no. I would like to make one.

    Thank You

    Comment by Loretta — October 15, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

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