I had initially seen the Miss Ruby Tuesday dress from 1 Puddle Lane when a tester call went out and knew as soon as the pattern was released I’d purchase it. I bought it, printed, taped and cut the pattern the moment it was released and then sewed it up in under an hour the next night. I think it’s really great value as there are so many options for this dress.
I used some mono printed scuba #1 black heather (95% polyester/ 5% spandex) to make style 3 with the extended cap sleeves, with the scoop front and back neckline and the 1/2 circle skirt. I used a ballpoint needle to sew it up with a narrow zig zag stitch. I neatened all my seams with an overlocker including the inside seam of the neck and armhole bindings. I only had 1.5m of this fabric and was able to cut all the pieces out because it was non-directional although I did run out of a long length to cut the neck binding so just sewed two pieces together. It is such a busy print you can’t even notice. I ended up using white thread to sew this up mainly because the wrong side of the fabric is white but what would you have used? What dictates your thread choice?
The fit of this dress was perfect out of the envelope, normally I find I have to shorten the bodice but this seems to hit at the right spot for me. I did lengthen the skirt by 5cm however as I like the additional length on me better. I was a little lazy and just lengthened it at the hem rather than from the provided shorten/lengthen line and it still turned out okay. The hem was left raw as scuba knit does not fray and I wasn’t going to attempt hemming this circle skirt, in a different knit however I would.
It is such a simple pattern with such a nice outcome and really good value for money. I am determined to sew up a wardrobe full of these, well not really, but have a couple of others lined up in the queue because they are so quick. I am pondering a pleather and ponte version as I have both fabrics in my stash and wasn’t sure what to make from them. Stay tuned!