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?


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

    I ❤️my Rubies! I have so many now… 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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