I wanted to make a dress suitable for winter this month so I chose a new pattern to try. This is a Minerva thick ponte roma fabric made into the New Look 6301 wrap dress.

Wrap dresses are supposed to be the most flattering dress style for all body shapes - I normally have a gaping front. I usually have to make a short body adjustment on dresses but this dress is sewn straight from the packet at size 12 but there was not a gaping front to be seen. 

Essentially, it is a faux wrap dress because the dress just goes over the head and it ties at the front or back for shaping. No zips or fastenings to deal with meant it was pretty simple to make up.

The pattern is quite wild so pattern matching was not an issue. You can see from the back there is a join down the centre and along the waist line but it is too busy to be noticeable.

The fabric is stable but slightly stretchy giving it a lovely shape on the front pleats and skirt drop. It presses really well too and feels smart not lumpy.

The purple colour is a very wearable shade of plum with a light stone grey background. I used a light thread rather than purple and this was a good choice. The seams are overlocked in purple and the shoulder seams are stabilised with a piece of interfacing to stop them stretching out.

I wore it to Sunday Dinner where it had ample room and adjustment options for a greedy roast.

A definite keeper of a pattern with some summer options too so keep posted for another version next year.

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