Over the Christmas and New Year period it’s great to have a wardrobe of easy to wear dresses for the season. The kind of dresses you can dress up with heels and wear out ‘out’ or wear with boots and a cosy scarf for carol singing or a festive market. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a dress that fits beautifully in a soft and ‘fabulous-to-sew’ plum floral fabric.

And I made it in two evenings!

This dress is so versatile and I’m delighted I found the pattern for Christmas, as Christmas is the perfect excuse to make more dresses? Right? The pattern is New Look 6094 a fit and flare dress with vintage style charm.

The dress has a fitted bodice made of three pieces on the front to fit to your curves. It has side bust darts and back darts to give a great fit with a concealed back zip. There are a choice of two sleeves; capped and sleeveless and a choice of a pencil or flared skirt. I choose the pencil skirt capped sleeved version. There is also a cute little flower to add to the waist too.

I do love a New Look pattern and with easy to follow instructions and easy to follow pattern pieces, this really is a great pattern to sew with. It has the right amount of notches and tacks to ensure easy matching for an enjoyable project.

I really liked the boat neckline and the flattering waist details which made the dress more tailored but actually it was a really straight forward dress to sew.

Let’s talk about the sleeve design, this is what made me sew this pattern! I loved the way they are attached to the bodice and lined to create a vintage style detail. Version C has a top stitched design on it to, but I felt this wasn’t right for the fabric I was working with. I lined with a lilac lining fabric which also meant a tidy sleeve hem too. The lining was great to stitch with and not at all slippery.

I used 2m of the floral viscose, it didn’t pull on the sewing machine’s feed dogs and I could sew with a standard needle. The floral design is a small enough repeat so you don’t have to match and I think it would work for a winter wedding and into the Spring. I personally loved the plum and cream colourway and it always comes in a black too. What a choice and at only £4.99 a metre I think it’s excellent value for such a top quality fabric. You won’t be disappointed!

I made a size 10 and I timed myself and over two evenings it took me just five hours from start to hand hemming. Fit wise, I took in the bodice side seams under the arms to add more fit. I’m also pretty happy with the back fit too.

The back also has a little kick pleat and darts to create shape.

If you are looking for a Christmas dress with easy fitting but with more detail than a shift, I would say that this is the pattern for you.

I felt super dressed up in this dress and the fabric didn’t crease much when I wore it out to a tea party which made my dress look fresher for longer.

I want to say thank you to Minerva for gifting me such an elegant pattern and fabric. I love the cut and the details on this dress. The only way to add is maybe a bow..hmmm..maybe a bow at the neckline?

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Eventswww.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond!