At this time of year, we definitely see a trend in which Dress Fabrics sell best in both our Calico Laine stores and online and this year we are seeing a lot of customers buying crushed velvet and tartan. These fabrics can be used for dressmaking as well as interior decoration and soft furnishings and are ideal for the Christmas period, especially in the red and green versions.

Velvet has been particularly popular in many of the high street stores with dresses and jackets in this Dress Fabric being very on trend. This has subsequently made it very popular amongst our customers who want to make their own versions of the high street fashions. We have recently seen a lot of the fashion from the nineties coming back around and this includes short sleeved velvet dresses. Our crushed velvet Dress Fabrics are perfect for making this style of garment and this can be worn as a party outfit or if you make it in a red velvet with a white trim, could even be used as a fancy dress outfit for Christmas. At only £3.69, crushed velvet is a great buy and can look a lot more expensive than it actually is. Made from 100% polyester, this fabric has a slight stretch to it, making it comfortable to wear and with its luxurious aesthetic, you can see why it is so popular. As well as using crushed velvet for making clothing, it can be used for making throw cushions on a sofa which would be perfect to compliment your Christmas decorations.

Our second most popular Dress Fabric this season is tartan. Tartan is a good seller all year round however towards Christmas, we always seem to sell much more as it is quite a traditional print for Christmas decorations and clothing. Royal Stewart tartan is a always a great seller at this time of year as well as our green and red tartans. Tartan Dress Fabric is a lovely fabric to make children's dresses with, in a pinafore style along with adult kilt style skirts and pleated skirts. The kids would look very cute on Christmas day all dressed up in tartan! This Dress Fabric is 150cm wide and £5.99 per metre, making it another great value for money fabric. As well as using tartan for clothing, it is often used at this time of year for tablecloths or for trimming tablecloths and for making Christmas decorations.