Ruby Dress

May 28, 2014Sarah Khandjian

Even beginners can sew up this simple sleeveless dress! Use a bold floral for a fun summer look.

It’s getting hot here in Florida. Really hot. After being in Georgia all last week I came back home to 100 degree weather with 80% humidity. Yuck.

Since the summer season is just beginning, I’m in summer dress mode. Short, sleeveless dresses become my go-to outfit for running errands, going to dinner, and well just doing anything outside (other than horseback riding of course). I recently sewed up this dress using the Ruby dress pattern by Made by Rae. I used some fabric I bought while in Austin a couple months back. As soon as I spotted the mod floral print, I knew it would make the perfect summer dress.

Create your new favorite dress with less than two yards of fabric. Or make a sleeveless top with one yard!

I used the both a  medium yoke pattern and dress pattern however, I slid the front and back dress patterns over 1/2″ from the fold to add an extra 2″ of ease to accommodate my Cuban bootie. Knowing that shift style dresses usually aren’t very flattering on me, I created a skinny belt with some scrap fabric. If you have more of a straight figure, you may prefer to wear this without a belt.

Even beginners can sew up this simple sleeveless dress! It uses less than two yards of fabric and is sure to be a staple in your summer wardrobe.

Create your new favorite dress with less than two yards of fabric. Perfect pattern for beginners!

It was my first time using bias tape and I think I prefer creating my own with long strips of fabric. I found it a bit too stiff. Anyone have any pointers for using it?

 Shoes: Dansko | Bangles: Kate Spade (similar) | the solid bangle was Kevin’s grandmothers | Earrings: J.Crew (similar)


  • Carmen

    May 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    This is the cutest dress! A lightweight dress is a summer staple for me and the ideal fit is often hard to find. I’m thinking I’ve got to get in to this sewing thing.

  • Andi

    May 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

    LOVE THIS! It might be time to dust off my sewing machine and get to work.

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I LOVE that fabric pattern! Such a cute dress, and you look beautiful!

  • Sarah

    May 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What a cute & flattering dress, Sarah! Perfect for summer. :)

  • Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

    May 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Well aren’t you adorable … and so incredibly crafty! Love that dress!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  • Rae Hoekstra

    June 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    OOH!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Liana

    June 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Love the color combo!!

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