Hi Everyone, 
I'm Samantha, I host vintage craft workshops and parties based in the Midlands, UK www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk and write about my creative life at www.crafternoonteas.com. I’m delighted to be sharing my perfect New Year dress on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. It was a such dream to stitch in Velvet Velour Fabric and I made it just two evenings of sewing and the fit is perfect. Sounds too good? So, if you are looking for that New Years dress with a retro feel that’s also it’s comfy and flattering, this would be the pattern for you.

I loved New Look Pattern 6000 for the collar and cuff details and a pleated drape design. I thought the drape design was very flattering over a “one too many mince pies” tummy too! The design reminding me of Jackie O’s style and sewn in a stretch fabric gave it more drapablity. I also liked the practical dress length for my Mum life. It wasn’t going to restrict me, so I could kneel down and also it wouldn’t gape when I picked my daughter up. Practical and so retro too.

Let's talk black velvet velour, this was such a joy to work with and velvet is such a big trend for this season too. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to cutting out the dress purely for velvet sheds everywhere. But this fabric doesn’t shed, so little clearing up so you can get onto the fun part of sewing. I used 2.5 metres of fabric, you can choose from a variety of other Christmas and New Year colours at Minerva Crafts.

I do like New Look patterns as they have easy to follow diagrams and bullet point assembly instructions. I made view C but view B with the button detail and View E with the front darts would be also great makes. The velvet velour made the collar detail drape more than the photo on the front of the packet but I liked this style.

Those cuffs! I had never sewn cuffs like these, they were interfaced to make the points really sharp. The pattern told me to interface the neck facing to hold the weight of the collar. I loved the how the cuffs turned out with a button hole detail on the front cuff and a button on the back part. I did try and stitch the cuffs together and put a false buttonhole on but you do need to get that buttonhole foot out as you can’t get them on with the buttons done up!

And the pleats, this was one of my main reasons to sew the pattern. I top stitched the pleats in and stay stitched the edge of the fabric before stitching the dress together. Again, the velour made them drape more than a woven fabric. I followed the pattern with the pleat work and I wouldn’t change them for my shape.

The back of the dress has two long darts either side of the centre back seam. The pattern did say to use a zip but I had one but didn’t need to use it as I pulled it over my head and it was fine. I think it was the funnel neck style which gave the room to do this. I have to say I was looking forward to adding a big long zip in the back just like the dresses my Gran used to stitch back in the Sixties, she used the same patterns for about thirty years hence why I know.

So even though it was a win for no zip, I really want to make the dress now in a woven fabric to put that long zip. But I so love this style for New Year and as it’s velour it won’t crease much so I can pop it in my suitcase for our road trip to spend time with family.

I finished the dress by zig zagging the seams and using my blind hemming foot to create the hem. I loved sewing this make and if you are stuck for a New Years dress this is the one to make!