The Ruby Dress and Top Sewing Pattern is a great project for the beginner sewist who wants to give garment sewing a try! The pattern features a contrast yoke and gathers for a comfortable and flattering fit without the need for bust darts, zippers, or closures. The armholes and neckline are bias-bound for an easy finish. Six women’s sizes (XS-XXL) in two lengths are included; the dress falls above the knee, while the top ends right at the hip.
A note about this version of the dress
I want to point something out about the version in these photos that is a bit different than the actual pattern, just to make sure there are no mix-ups: I used a different technique to finish the yoke with this particular dress, so instead of binding the armholes and neckline with bias tape (as the pattern shows), I lined the yoke so that it has two layers instead of one. It’s a nice way to finish the yoke, but it’s a bit more advanced and I didn’t want it to intimidate anyone, so I’ve made a video similar to the one for lining the Washi Dress. Click on the photo here to go straight to the page:
This item is featured in the following blog posts:
- How to sew Ruby with a divided yoke
- Rose Ruby with Divided Yoke
- Ruby with poms
- Loominous Ruby and the sad tale of a jumpsuit gone awry
- Picking a cover for Ruby
- Ruby Dress in chambray and voile
- Summer is for Josephines and Rubies
- Ruby Sparkles
- Ruby with a washi sleeve
- Kricket’s Ruby Dress
- Ruby Tester Roundup
- Ruby Dress & Top Pattern is here!
- Unfinished Ruby Dress
- Arrow Dress for Quilt Market
For the most flattering fit, we recommend lighter fabrics with drape such as linen and rayon challis for the main body of the dress/top. Try experimenting with cotton prints, eyelet, or even lace for the yoke.
Sizes and Finished Measurements
This pattern comes in a range of six women’s sizes, from XS through XXL. Please refer to the charts below to find your size. The Upper Bust and Bust measurements are the most important for getting the right fit. For more guidance, please refer to the “Adjusting Fit” section in this blog post.