Unfinished Ruby Dress


I’m doing something today that I don’t usually do: posting pictures of an unfinished sewing project. Couldn’t help it: I was so excited about how it looked when I tried it on that I had to snap a few pictures. In fact, all of the seams on this dress were basted, so it’s reeeeally unfinished. The fabric on the main part of the dress is Tule by Leah Duncan (which I posted about here), and the yoke is a grey chambray, I think by Robert Kaufman. LOVE how these two fabrics look together! The pattern, just in case you missed this post, is my coming-soon Ruby Dress and Top Sewing Pattern.


I like to baste things together when I want to test out a pattern but I’m not sure it will fit — it goes ten times faster if you baste all of the seams, and then if you want to tear it apart and substitute a different-size pattern piece, or take out the side seams or something, it’s super easy. In this case we changed the pattern pieces a bit post-testing to take out a bunch of extra ease because many of the testers found it too baggy. I wasn’t sure it would still go on over my hips, but it was fine!


Anyway…”Unfinished Ruby” is probably a good theme for this week. We’ve been working so hard on the pattern, but it’s just not finished yet. Elli’s been putting the finishing touches on the pattern pieces and instructions, and I finally picked a color scheme for the PDF layout this morning (which seems so dumb, but for some reason this time around I was really hung up on the style). It’s nearly ready. I feel like I keep saying that, though. Oh well. It’s not worth stressing out about, it will be ready when it’s ready. We’re a meticulous crew around here! We like to make sure everything is just right!!!


The pattern is a nice, easy beginner pattern. No bust darts, just some gathering, simple seams. I shot some video yesterday to show how to make the dress with a lined yoke for those who will want to try a slightly more intermediate construction method than the pattern calls for (the pattern has a bias tape finish for the armholes and neckline). I’m guessing many people will like the lining method a lot. So we’re getting there. I hope you’re excited!! Thanks for your patience if you’ve been waiting.

29 thoughts on “Unfinished Ruby Dress

  1. Love that mix of orange and gray! Reminds me of juicy tangerine slices! It will be a great pattern, and addition to your collection! Love the simple, yet flattering styles that you come up with!

  2. So happy this is nearly done, can’t wait to try it. And also so happy about lining instructions as I’d like to make a light coloured voile dress and will need to line it. Yay!

  3. It looks beautiful! And I love your washi and parsley pants patterns! But I totally hate cutting and taping pdf patterns. I’ve noticed that some online pattern makers offer the cut and tape option as well as a copy shop option (that isn’t tiled). I’ve taken a few of these to my local copy store and getting them printed is usually just $2-$3 and I will totally spend that to save myself cut and tape time. I’m just putting it out there in case you might be open to that option. πŸ™‚

    Love your blog!


  4. Rae, those colors look great on you!! Not sure if I missed it but how did you come up w naming the dress ‘ruby’?

    • Hi Nancy!

      The first version of the dress (called the “Arrow Dress”) was made with Melody Miller’s “Ruby Star Glitter” line of fabrics; as a nod to her design we decided to call the dress “Ruby!”


  5. looooooove!!! have been anxiously awaiting an update on this pattern…now anxiously awaiting it’s release! i have been looking for this style dress pattern, but had no luck. i can’t wait! πŸ™‚

    btw…you look fab!

  6. My goodness, Rae, I’m so dorkily excited for this pattern! I keep coming back to your page to admire it–even unfinished it looks FAB! πŸ™‚

  7. Can’t wait for this one! Super cute. Any chance there could be an option for sleeves or to keep it a little looser for us fluffy ladies?

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