The Little Red Dress: Announcing the Cosmopolitan Mini-Sewalong October 15 2015

I hadn't realised the power of the Little Red Dress (LRD) until I made this: this is the Capital Chic Cosmopolitan in pillar box red crepe.

I made this last year in advance of the By Hand London Christmas party and it's been my go-to dress all year long for events, parties and nights out.

It has a slight modification from the published pattern - I made a raised section over the left knee in place of the centre back slit for walking. I think it looks great.

If anything, I think I like this more than the original version, because there's nothing to disrupt the lace trim at the hem edge on the centre back.

Here's the original for comparison purposes!

I've worn this so many times, I've lost count.

I wore it on my own mini-hen night bash thrown by the Spoolettes (thanks, girls!).

Extreme close up!!

I wore it for cocktails and dinner at the OXO tower, with my trusty black tuxedo jacket.

And I've worn it many, many more times since.

The Cosmopolitan dress is a tricky, but ultimately very satisfying make, using beautiful lace trim to make an unusual evening dress. Sewing with lace isn't for complete beginners, but if you've been sewing for a while and want to try it, I'll be doing a mini-sewalong here for the next few weeks. By mini-sewalong, I mean that I'm not going to go through every single step with pictures. I'm going to focus on the hard parts, such as the lace cutting and application, making rouleau loops, and a few other bits and pieces. I'll guide you through the most difficult parts of the dress construction with step by step photos.

Who's interested in following along and making the Cosmopolitan dress, with a bit of help from me?