Ruby Dress

I recently had a chance to test the soon-to-be released Ruby Dress pattern from Made By Rae…I always say yes to pattern testing when I can, I think it is a fun way to get to try out a new pattern.  We are in the middle of packing and moving right now, so I probably should have said no this time but lucky for me this dress was a super fast and easy project!DSC_0077

This dress would be a great project for someone who is new to sewing clothes, I was able to sew it all in one evening.  There are no closures, it just slips over your head.  And as usual, Rae’s instructions and diagrams are super easy to follow.

I used all fabric left over from previous projects- the yoke is made from the same lace as my lace Scout Tee that I underlined with some thin white cotton from an old maternity shirt, and the body of the dress is the same hemp/organic cotton that I used to make my Colette Juniper pants.  I love how it looks and feels a lot like linen but doesn’t wrinkle easily.DSC_0072

You could totally mix up the look of this dress by using different types of fabric, and there is also an option to make a top as well.  Look for the pattern soon over at Made By Rae, it’s a good one 🙂DSC_0078




  • Oh, this is adorable! I love how you used lace for the yoke. Thanks for the review of this pattern, I’ve not made anything by Made By Rae.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! She really puts out great patterns, I would recommend any of them!

  • I was expecting something red with a title like that, but blue and white lace is just as lovely! Looks great on you. Good luck with the move!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!

  • This is lovely! I really like the contrasting yoke fabric and the loose style of the dress. I had planned to make up the Washi dress as a maternity dress but moving house has squashed any sewing plans I had. I’m very impressed you managed to make this in the midst of moving! Good luck with the rest of your move!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! And don’t be impressed, I was just putting off packing for sewing instead, ha.

  • So sweet! Love the lace yoke. Wow, you were able to make this during a move too… (insert applause) good for you!

    • Kelly

      I really should have been packing instead…but this was such a quick project, I didn’t feel too bad 🙂

  • Cute dress. I really like your fabric choice, the lace yoke makes all the difference. Hope the move goes well!

    • Kelly


  • Gorgeous! The colour of that blue cotton is particularly lovely :_

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I bought lots of this fabric, I really love it 🙂

  • What a lovely, summery dress. And that hemp fabric is such a great color. I loved it in the pants, and I love it in the dress.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I still have some left…shorts next summer maybe 🙂

  • This is super cute Kelly! I’ve never sewn one of Rae’s patterns, but they always turn out great! I love the lace yoke up top!

    • Kelly

      She does such a great job on her patterns, you should try some of her kid patterns- they are really versatile.

  • Pretty! I love Rae’s patterns, especially her women’s patterns so undoubtedly I will get this one too! It looks like a super-comfy dress, and I love the lace and hemp combo. Very classic. Hope the move is going well!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Katie!!

  • Super cute!!! I love the fabric combo! I really want to make something similar and this pattern makes it super easy to accomplish!

    • Kelly

      It came together sooooo fast, and I didn’t even make a muslin! It’s fun when you can have a new dress in one evening 🙂

  • very cute! i’ve had this sort of a-line dress on my mind for fall. love the denim and lace together, great combo! p.s. i love seeing all the nice and tidy insides of your garments!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Lisa! I am definitely thinking of a few variations of this pattern, it was just sooooo easy!

  • Super cute dress, pretty with no fuss and love the slip on style!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!!

  • Debera

    This dress looks lovely on your long, slender frame but I’m worried it would look like a bubble on me. I think if I were to make it for myself I’d consider eliminating the gathers in back and adding a zipper and some side pockets. I’m wondering what options will be included in the final version of the pattern. Where I live in Oregon, the season for a cute sleeveless dress is about five minutes long before it gets paired with a snuggly sweater and some boots!

    • Kelly

      I believe the versions are this dress, and a blouse version…would look super cute with a sweater and boots though!

  • I really love this on you, and I’m excited to buy this pattern! This would be so cute for Fall with a cardi and some tights. Love!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I highly recommend the pattern, it is so easy! I think will work great for Fall 🙂

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