Pattern Review: Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Cosmopolitan

24 Apr

I feel like a Dancing Queen in the dress. Very 70s and very sexy. Walking in to work today two women complimented me. I think that this dress manages to be conservative and attractive at the same time. I will definitely be making it again. And I am not a pattern repeater.

 

Pattern Sizing:6-26.This is the short version, scoop neck with the cuffed sleeves.

It looks like I’m a 10 in Hot Patterns, but I think I could have gotten away with an 8 in the skirt. I’m a 6 RTW, 12 in American patterns and a 38 in BWOF.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The one thing that threw me off in the muslin phase was the 3/8 seam allowance vs 5/8. That’s about it. I did skim over the cuff directions, they just didn’t make sense to me and I did it my own way.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like that it came on real paper, that it was easy to trace off and that the directions were kind of fun to read. And how trendy is this??

Fabric Used:
I was inspired to make up this pattern after seeing Gorgeous Things’ review of the mock wrap version. Wowser. Originally, I was going to make the wrap version in a coral chain link print from Gorgeous Things. But, decided on the scoop neck version after seeing this photo of Beyonce from Erica B.’s blog. I bought this $5 a yard one-way stretch pale blue matte jersey from Spandex House in NYC last month. They do have the Beyonce / Michael Kors shade of torquise if you are interested.I used some sort of knit interfacing from JoAnns. This was my first time venturing to a knit interfacing. Me likey. Well, I didn’t think it fused as easily, but me likey still.

Total dress price $20.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I would put someone into cardiac arrest with how low cut this dress originally was. I am not one to make a muslin, patterns tend to fit me out of the envelope, but you could see the top of my bra in the muslin. I added an inch to the top of the curve and tapered in through the shoulder. Photo here. I lost the width of the scoop in this version which is a better look for me so next time I’m just going to add the inch to the top.

* Omitted the back zipper and cut the back skirt, waist and back bodice on the fold (remember to adjust for the seam allowance).
* Added three inches to the length based on the muslin. I wanted it to be just below the knee. I’m 5’6. Okay. Fine: 5’5.
* Ended up taking way more in with my bust darts. I goofed with hanging this dress for a couple of days. It definitely sagged in the shoulder area. I’m going to have to store this one flat. Not sure if that’s a product of matte jersey or the quality of my fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES!! I feel fabulous. All swirly and cool. Make it.

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18 Responses to “Pattern Review: Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Cosmopolitan”

  1. narcissaqtpie April 24, 2007 at 19:46 #

    Oooh! I love that dress! It looks awesome on you, style and color.

  2. narcissaqtpie April 24, 2007 at 19:46 #

    Oooh! I love that dress! It looks awesome on you, style and color.

  3. Erica B. April 24, 2007 at 19:58 #

    That dress looks fantastic on you! Great job!

  4. Erica B. April 24, 2007 at 19:58 #

    That dress looks fantastic on you! Great job!

  5. Carolyn (cmarie12) April 25, 2007 at 01:54 #

    You look great in your new dress! Can’t wait to see the next version.

  6. Carolyn (cmarie12) April 25, 2007 at 01:54 #

    You look great in your new dress! Can’t wait to see the next version.

  7. Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" April 26, 2007 at 00:47 #

    The dress looks wonderful!!!!!!

  8. Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" April 26, 2007 at 00:47 #

    The dress looks wonderful!!!!!!

  9. cidell April 27, 2007 at 01:18 #

    Thanks!! I am 100 percent in love with this dress. I feel another version within a month.

  10. cidell April 27, 2007 at 01:18 #

    Thanks!! I am 100 percent in love with this dress. I feel another version within a month.

  11. Barbara at Cat Fur Studio May 2, 2007 at 23:36 #

    Dancin’ Queen…feel the beat..from the tambourine…oh yeah! (With apologies to ABBA fans.) I have ordered this pattern because of how it looks on you! Beautiful. Absolutely.

  12. Barbara at Cat Fur Studio May 2, 2007 at 23:36 #

    Dancin’ Queen…feel the beat..from the tambourine…oh yeah! (With apologies to ABBA fans.) I have ordered this pattern because of how it looks on you! Beautiful. Absolutely.

  13. cidell May 4, 2007 at 03:22 #

    Barbara you are going to love it. Really. I wore it to a function the other day and was asked twice where I bought it.

  14. cidell May 4, 2007 at 03:22 #

    Barbara you are going to love it. Really. I wore it to a function the other day and was asked twice where I bought it.

  15. Jen May 14, 2007 at 00:08 #

    Wow I love your version of this dress!! I have the pattern but haven’t decided on a fabric yet :)

  16. Jen May 14, 2007 at 00:08 #

    Wow I love your version of this dress!! I have the pattern but haven’t decided on a fabric yet :)

  17. Isabelle May 18, 2007 at 12:29 #

    Your Cosmo dress is gorgeous!! I just ordered the pattern and was wondering how much fabric was needed to make that view. Couldn’t find the information on the Hot Patterns website.
    You look fantastic in your dress.

  18. Isabelle May 18, 2007 at 12:29 #

    Your Cosmo dress is gorgeous!! I just ordered the pattern and was wondering how much fabric was needed to make that view. Couldn’t find the information on the Hot Patterns website.
    You look fantastic in your dress.

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