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 http://www.textilestudiopatterns.com. 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!