I have loved the Ruby dress pattern by Simple Sew since it was first released, it is such a classic style and so flattering.
I decided to fully line the bodice rather than use the facings, to get a neat finish on the inside.
To do this, I cut the bodice pieces out of the lining fabric as well as the main fabric. I then sewed up essentially two separate bodices, one out of the lining fabric and one out of the main fabric.
To attach the main bodice to the lining, I put one on top of the other, right sides together and sewed around the neckline and arm holes.
I then notched all around the curves to enable it to sit flat when turned the right way.
After this point, fold the bodice back so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. Give the seams a good press, rolling the fabric between your fingers at the edges to get a crisp edge.
To sew the side seams together, I just folded the bodice so that the right sides of the main fabric are against the right sides of the main fabric (front piece against back piece) and the same for the lining. This feels a little strange initially, but it all makes sense!
I then attached the skirt to the main fabric bodice as in the instructions and inserted the zip as normal.
I decided to slip stitch the lining to the zip by hand as I wanted to sit down in front of the TV and do it, but you can use the machine for this bit and it is much quicker.
The final step was to attach the lining to the skirt. I pressed under a 1cm seam allowance at the bottom edge of the bodice lining and slip stitched it down to the skirt. This creates a really clean finish because all the seams are concealed within the bodice lining.
I really love my Ruby dress. I think with the fully lined option it could work well for a winter wedding or Christmas party. The lining enables more fabric options, maybe something like a brocade that you would not necessarily want against your skin. I might try this out, I’ll keep you posted!
Photos from Simple Sew Blogger Team Photoshoot by Dominic Crolla
A sneak preview of some more from that photoshoot – lots to come…