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Friday, January 12, 2007

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!


Blogger jemgirlca said...

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!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Really gorgeous. Wonderful to see this made up.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

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.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

What a beautiful dress!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

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

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

8:26 AM  
Blogger Gaylen said...

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

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Karla said...

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.

10:14 AM  
Blogger carolyndh said...

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

2:36 PM  
Anonymous stacy said...

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

2:43 PM  
Blogger Nancy (nanflan) said...

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

3:12 PM  
Blogger cmarie12 said...

Gigi - beautiful dress and sooooo glad to see you back!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

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?

9:49 AM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

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

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's areal stunner Gigi! Phyllis

7:04 PM  
Blogger Alisa_Benay said...

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

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Corinne said...

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

11:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy Winningham said...

Your dress looks beautiful - much nicer than on the envelope!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Steffi said...

A really beautiful dress and nice fabrics!


5:07 AM  
Blogger Maja said...

That dress is beautiful! Glad to see you sewing and posting again!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Ms Kat said...

That is one amazing dress! I may have to give in to temptation and order a pattern from thier site.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Eugenia said...

Gigi!!! That's such a BEAUTIFUL dress!!!! The design and color takes me at once to the south of France!!!!!
Fancy Fabrics from Italy and France
Textured Fabrics with Natural Fiber and Sophisticated Print

12:09 PM  
Anonymous carmie said...

Wow the dress looks great!

10:41 PM  
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2:21 PM  
Anonymous Maggie Sottero Prom said...

The dress is of perfect length for me, hopefully I will be able to guide you in the right direction to prepare yourself for hemming if needed.

5:52 AM  

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