The thing about a $20 pattern is you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Especially when spoiled by 99 cent pattern sales. I have to tell you, the Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan is well worth it.
She’s almost done. I haven’t anchored down the binding, which is why it’s turning out.
Another thing. I thought I made a 10 last time and needed to trace out the 8. I traced out the 8 and realized when putting it away that I had in fact made an 8 last time. And, the reason I had baggy bodice issues before is because I only traced half the dart. DOH.
There’s a lot of fabric / give in the skirt. I think I could size down to a 6 there.
Here’s the original
- I shortened the sleeves and added a cuff after seeing Christina‘s version
I kept the original pattern length for the skirt vs adding 4 inches like I did last time
- I only added 1 inch vs 1.75 inches to the scoop front of the bodice. Not on purpose, I forgot how much I had raised it. It needs the 1.75!
- I also did a sharper taper so the scoop is wider than last time.
- This month’s Threads talks about working with jersey. After reading it I chose not to serge the front and back seams together, but I still serged the bodice, waistband, skirt bits together. I just think it looks neater
- Didn’t hem it. Yet. I’m still deciding on the length
- Christina sent me a Threads article from last year about knits and binding. I played a little by adding a 1/2 inch binding in the contrast color to the scoop neck. I still need to stitch the binding down, but I don’t have this exact shade of brown and will have to pick some up tomorrow.
A friend pointed out that this dress has the same colors as my bedroom. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.
Since I got more fitting than sewing done over the Memorial Day holiday, I’m cutting up a storm in preperation for sewing this weekend. Plus, I’m working almost every night next week so no time to sew then.
I’ve cut the Simplicity 3803 day gown / maxi dress out in a green and white seersucker. I realized in the muslin I made up Wednesday morning before work that I needed a little more space in the bust cup. So, what would any girl who has never done a FBA do? I cut it on the bias. This way I’ll get some give plus a neat design element. I haven’t started sewing yet because I need to buy lining.
Second, I’ve got the two tone Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan pinned and ready to cut. I’m doing a short sleeve version with a cuff like Christina at Assorted Notions did. The contrast will be a rose pink.
Tomorrow I’ll cut and thread trace the BWOF pleated dress that I blogged about all weekend. I talked with NiceGirl last night and she walked me through converting my long sleeve to a puffy short sleeve. I’ll try to show it when I get to that part.
Also, here is a pin cushion I pinched from my mom this weekend. As I’ve mentioned, the Colonel doesn’t sew, but she always had a sewing kit. I always loved this pin cushion because it was a pretty purple velvet and a neat Tiffany Blue metal. She’s had it since before I was born. Now, it’s mine.
Finally, my new camera came in today. You should see the brick I was using! It’s a luscious chocolate brown and I could not be more excited. Click on today’s photos — they are *crystal* clear!
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??
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.
My *ahem* 31st birthday is tomorrow and my Post Passover Easter Brunch is on Sunday. I’ve taken today off to get ready.
So last night, instead of writing up my grocery list for my 40 guests, I worked on the Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan instead.
I’ve just got the cuff bands on the sleeves and the hem to complete. Not entirely sure how I’m going to hem it. I also want to say that the fit on top was not great on me. I had to take in about another inch at each of the front darts.
The muslin was a fine fit. But, for some reason, I struggled. Maybe it was the fabric? Maybe I messed up with my seam allowances? Also, I eliminated the back zipper. I’m not sure I would do that again considering that I also made the scoop neck not as deep. It’s a bit of a struggle to get it on and off and I might consider taking and inch out of the back skirt center seam.
I’ll post photos of me in it when it’s complete. *Hopefully* I can be overdressed and wear it on Sunday.
I hate on Beyonce whenever I can. She’s tall, gorgeous, fabulous figure, amazing voice. Just hating on her. But, I am more than happy to copy her style. Bee (I don’t even have to say ‘beyonce’ because we’re close like that) is in a Michael Kors dress. Erica B. first noted it on her blog. I’m making the Hot Patterns version.
I started with a red jersey muslin of the mock wrap version. I’m normally a 12 in patterns, I went down to a 10 for this one. After fitting the muslin, I decided to make an 8. It was pretty loose all around (which is not a look that works for me) and it was very low cut. Originally, I bought the the coral and brown chain link from Gorgeous Things, but Ann did it too. I don’t hate on Ann, but I can’t compete. So I’m saving that for a DVF like wrap dress.
So I started over with the left over red jersey and made the scoop neck muslin in an 8. I’m skipping the center back seam since it’s a knit and should pull over.
This fit muuuuch better. But, it’s again low cut. Without the facings, I could see the top of my bra.
So, I added an inch to the front and tapered up through the shoulder. I’ve done the same with my facing. I didn’t keep it at one inch all the way through the shoulder because I did not want to have to adjust the back facing also. I’m also adding about three inches to the short version. I didn’t care for where the skirt was hitting me.
I’m planning on cutting this all out tonight and sewing it up on Friday.