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May 2, 2008

HP Cosmopolitan Dress with scarf sleeves

Filed under: Fashion,Gigi,Patterns,sewing,Uncategorized — Gigi @ 2:03 pm

So, here is the completed HP Cosmopolitan dress! I am currently looking for a job and this dress will work nicely in a professional environment. South Florida is very casual – even my best friend who is a senior partner in a law firm only wears suits for court. I plan on wearing it with these very comfortable, conservative Via Spiga pumps but to rock it out a little I added a beautiful mabe pearl necklace on a black leather choker. All-out conservative is just not me!


This weekend I will be posting a quickie tutorial on how to finish the neckline with bands – so easy! so fast!



You can see how easily this dress could also go out to dinner after work with a simple change of shoes! For more information about the fabrics I used, please visit my Behind The Seams blog.


  1. Beautiful dress and I love the fabric!

    Comment by erica b. — May 2, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  2. Love the dress, oh so pretty! 🙂

    Comment by lisaannette — May 2, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  3. I LOVE that fabric!!!!

    Comment by adrienne — May 2, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  4. This dress rocks! Unfortunately my office dress code is basically jeans (I work in a “creative” environment). If I wore a dress my boss would think I was interviewing with another company.

    Comment by Lindsay T — May 2, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  5. Killer career wear Gigi! Can I borrow it?

    Comment by phyllisc — May 2, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  6. Great dress and lovely fabric. Good luck hunting for a new job.

    Comment by Els — May 2, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

  7. Those bands elevate an already pretty dress to exclusive boutique status IMO. Love that combo.

    Comment by odumnobles — May 3, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  8. […] here is a quickie tutorial for adding a band to the neckline of a surplice top as I did on my Cosmopolitan Dress. I love this type of finish because it is so easy and […]

    Pingback by Banded surplice neckline « The Sewing Divas — May 4, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  9. I always have found it ten times easier to get dressed in a dress than to try to make clever and chic outfits out of separates. I spent my whole first career as a designer trying to look like I happened to be splendid without trying. A dress is a much surer thing! Accessories, changing how you put something on, even your hair and makeup can personalize it, but if it is a good dress, you start out dressed well. (Now I just have to look very very clean!)

    Comment by judithgr — May 6, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  10. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this … I love it. Thanks for the info! I love the contrasting band, especially …

    Comment by Jen — May 6, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  11. Love the material, great job!!
    Have a question?? I am making a cape for my DD for over her wedding dress, a ButterickB4664 C is the one, also putting on a large button 1 1/4″, how do I sew on the soutache braid so that it sits right, first I made it to big so there was to much of a kap, then to short could not get button over the braid, any suggestions, or tuturiol available, thank you so much!!!

    Comment by be — May 11, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  12. Great fabric combinations – very office-worthy. 🙂

    Comment by Nancy — May 13, 2008 @ 11:45 am

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