For my first attempt, I chose HP1133: Plain and Simple Fitted T. I had over three yards of a knit I didn't like anyway - just in case the pattern didn't work out. I chose the size based on my measurements and the fit was too awful to photograph. With the leftover fabric I tried a second shirt two sizes larger and the fit wasn't any better. The top really needed darts. The fault was not Hot Patterns' though. My body is just not suited for a fitted t-shirt. The fabric was perfect for experimentation so I really didn't mind throwing it away on two poorly fitting t-shirts. And the shirts sewed up very quickly so I didn't waste a lot of time. There is a Plain and Simple Relaxed T-shirt that I may or may not try. So far, I haven't warmed up to Hot Patterns. (warmed up to Hot Patterns - get it?)
I ordered two patterns: the t-shirt and HP 1120: Classix Nouveau Primavera dress. I still want to make the dress before I completely give up on Hot Patterns. I'm sure I can find some $2.00/yd fabric at JoMar that I would like well enough if the dress works out and that I won't mind getting rid of if it doesn't. When I read Hot Pattern reviews on PatternReview, they seemed to need lots of tweaking. Trudy, the designer, always recommends making muslins, but I have been able to get away with not making muslins when I use Burda patterns. I liked the online support available for HotPatterns on YouTube, but the YouTube support won't matter if I have to spend extra time fitting and making muslins.
I really want to like Hot Patterns. I'm trying explore other independent patterns and to loosen the ties that bind me to Burda. But if the dress pattern is as disappointing as the t-shirt pattern, I'll probably end up doing a giveaway.