DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing

The dream Ruby dress

July 7, 2015

This dress, the Simple Sew Ruby dress, was a dream to make. It only took a few hours to sew up and, like my previous experience of Simple Sew patterns, the instructions were really easy to follow.

This dress was actually a freebie with Love Sewing magazine but it’s such a great make that the magazine rereleased the pattern a few months ago. I got mine on its original run but stashed it away for a future make. Recently I found some fabric I didn’t have a use for and, on a break from another sewing project, I decided to make it.

I’m glad I did as I really love the shape of the dress and it has a great circle skirt. One major thing I’d change (and should have done differently this time but I didn’t have enough fabric) is lengthen the skirt considerably. I really don’t like the dress length at all and even in the drawings it appears to be short. I think that’s even why I didn’t use the dress pattern straightaway. Looking at these photos I think next time I’ll also lengthen the bodice. I wonder whether other people have felt the need to lengthen the pattern?

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I’m definitely planning to make more Rubies, especially as they’re perfect for the hot weather that we’ve been having lately! I guess next time I’ll order far more fabric to be able to make these changes.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Amanda July 12, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I ❤️my Rubies! I have so many now…..am with you on the length too! I always add about 2 inches to the length. Happy Rubying!!

    • Reply Aneira July 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Yes, Amanda, the Ruby dress is definitely a keeper. Will definitely add an extra few inches next time though :)

  • Reply Cassandra August 1, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Your Ruby dress is lovely! I just finished mine tonight, and found your blog by searching “how to lengthen Ruby dress” lol! I wear my dresses over leggings so its not too much of an issue for the one I just made, but to make one that is appropriate I will be adding about 4 inches on then skirt length.

    • Reply Aneira August 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Cassandra! I think a lot of people have to lengthen the pattern actually – it can be quite short! Yep, I also need to wear mine over leggings, but it’s a great pattern nonetheless :)

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