Dotty Ruby Dress

I’m in love with Ruby!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots! 4

Of course that’s me in the photo; I’m talking about the Ruby dress by Simple Sew.

I started making it early last week and finished it just in time for the weekend, when my lovely mum gave my partner and I the night off and we spent it in 4* luxury in Gloucestershire. I’m sure you understand that I needed a new dress for the occasion!

I fell in love with Ruby as soon as I saw it in the ‘coming up in Issue 5’ feature in Love Sewing magazine. It’s my kind of style dress – the high neckline and fabulous flouncy circle skirt.

Love Sewing mag[Image swiped from lovesewingmag.co.uk]

And, luckily, it hasn’t disappointed me.

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

For a start, I looooove the skirt. I’ve never made a circle skirt before, but know this is going to be the first of many because I just love the shape of it. It took hours to hem because I decided that I wanted to make a good job of it; so blind stitched it. I thought that if I machine stitched it, it would have been very visible when the stitches ran through the white dots. Of course hemming was the last thing to do and I was really happy with the dress to that point, so I didn’t want to ruin it!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

Now, back to the beginning. I cut a size 8 based on my measurements. Of course, I didn’t make a toile. Luckily I did think to try it on as I went along, though. I forgot to take photos but I found the bodice to be too big in the front after I had inserted the darts. So I quickly thought on the spot and put it on inside-out; pinning the excess fabric to continue the waist darts up quite a bit further, taking in the excess fabric. I basted the new elongated darts in place, and found the fit to be a lot better. The waist darts almost look like princess seams now; although they don’t go all the way to the neck. It ruined the effect of the polka dots a bit, but I guess I can’t have it all!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

I also cut down the neckline as it was almost choking me! I took my time on this and I’m glad that it paid off; you an see the dots are pretty damn symmetrical!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

I wonder if you can see the one little thing I’m not happy with?

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

The dots at the waist seam (in the middle) do not quite match up. I’m annoyed about this because I cut the pieces to have the spots perfectly running down the middle. But when sewn, they moved a tad out of line. I might unpick and try again, but to be perfectly honest, I probably won’t get round to it! I might make a little bow belt to cover it, instead… we’ll see.

The back isn’t too bad, but, again, I did cut the pieces to have the dots joining up over the seam so that they run vertically. But when I tried the dress on before adding the zip it was nearly too tight, so I decided to lessen the seam allowance a little when I inserted the zip. So my careful cutting went to waste.

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

Nevertheless I’m happy with how the zip went in, and I quite like the v-back! At least it fits!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

I was going to lengthen the bodice and skirt like I have seen others do, but forgot until I’d made the bodice – so I just lengthened the skirt an inch or so (actually I just cut the size 18 length). And I’m really happy with it; the bodice length is fine! 🙂

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots!

One of my favourite things about the dress is that I made French seams for the side and waist seams (the centre back seam has the zip so it’s just zigzagged). I love this finish; French seams look so neat, with all the raw edges enclosed. I’m so happy I thought ahead to do it; the pattern doesn’t tell you to do it and I’m [usually] a sucker for following instructions!

Simple Sew Ruby Dress - Blue Polka Dots! (French Seams)

This is such a comfortable dress; I will definitely make another when I come across the right fabric. I bought this fabric pretty cheap on eBay but it’s very nice and feels like lawn. I’m glad I have about a metre left to make something else with 🙂

Right, I’d better go and do the school run…

Beth x

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43 thoughts on “Dotty Ruby Dress

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    • Thank you 🙂 you can’t go wrong with a circle skirt, I think it flatters every body shape. Do you have the pattern? It was free to download for a week ending yesterday!! Sorry that’s not helpful :/

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    • Thank you! A lot of people have said the dress needs lengthening. I have seen a couple of full length ones which look amazing so the pattern is very versatile!

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  7. Thats one of the best I’ve seen, really suits you. I made a muslin of this but I found the waist seam too high and never got round to recutting another. It would look great with a self fabric belt, I thinks it’s harlequin (online) that Amanda got hers from for her Rubys. I bet you’re going to have a wardrobe full of these soon!

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    • Wow, thank you! You should definitely give it another go, just add a few inches on and it’ll look gorgeous! Thanks for the belt tip. I will certainly be making more 😀

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    • Thank you 🙂 I forgot to mention that all seams but the back one are French, I’ll have to edit it in a bit to show the insides off!! It definitely pays to spend a not more time sewing. I’m impressed with myself hand sewing all that hem! At least I wasn’t on GBSB with 10 minutes to do it!

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    • I wasted so much time faffing about with cutting the pieces right… I cut the back pieces out separately rather than with the fabric folded. I won’t bother next time haha! I can’t wait to wear it again 🙂 thank you 🙂

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    • Well that’s funny you should say that because actually, my brother is well trained because his wife sews – I walked into the room he was in and the first thing he said was the spots don’t line up!! But yes – any normal person wouldn’t notice!!

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  8. This is such a pretty dress in a really nice fabric. I also tried to spot what you didn’t like before reading on and drew a blank! I don’t think it would have occurred to me to pattern match spots!

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  9. What a pretty dress! I really tried to find what you didnt like on the picture before reading on. TBH i couldnt fault it! The fit is fabulous and how lucky you didnt muslin and it turned out so well! 👏👏👏

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