We're two weeks into FESA and I finally have something to show for it. Was it part of my original plan. Nope. I went off list with this one. What a sewing rebel!
Like any woman, random dissatisfaction with myself pops up now and again and I was looking for something to disguise my fuller tummy yet not feel like I was being swallowed by a giant muumuu. The yoke and gathers on Ruby won me over. That Rae is one smart lady. She understands that a woman's shape fluctuates often throughout their life - be it pregnancy, illness, or age changes - and she creates flattering patterns for us to sew. I fell in love with her Washi dress last year and this year's paramour is definitely Ruby.
It's an easy pattern to put together and sew. I think it took me all of 8 minutes to cut and paste my pattern pieces together. There are 3 pieces in the pattern, although you cut 4 in fabric. The front and back bodice are the same piece with different fold lines to differentiate which I thought was really clever. As with all Rae's patterns, they are clearly marked and laid out and the instructions are spot on. With one read through, I felt very confident about my ability to turn out a pretty garment.
I made a size medium with a 1" slash-and-spread to accommodate my generous bum. I could have blended between sizes but I prefer to slash-and-spread as I get better results. The only other alteration I made was to self-line my bodice in my woven version. I like the neat finish it gives at the neckline. I used the shortened sleeve piece from the Washi Expansion Pack (still one of the best pattern investments I've ever made).
The fabric is a gorgeous rayon challis from Gillian. It has horses on it. And horseshoes. She also gave me some lovely slate blue polka dot challis which I turned into an Akita (my third). The fabric is an absolute monster to cut (slippery!) but, oh, my!, what a dream to wear and the drape?! Fabulous. I adore the deep raspberry shade, too. It's one of my favourite colours.
I took 3" off the hem to make it a tunic length for me. I wore it to work today with leggings, ballet flats, and my favourite thrifted glass bead necklace. I felt like a million dollars. Seriously. The fabric was lovely to wear with just the right amount of swish. With my newly pinked bangs and glasses (OMG! I can SEE!), I smartly dressed and even a bit pretty.That's a feeling I would love to bottle. Thank you, Rae. Feeling like this is important, especially in clothing you've made yourself.
Ruby and I are fast friends now.
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What are you sewing? Has fall arrived where you are? Summer is still present and accounted for, although I do need to leave the house with a sweater in the mornings. This makes me utterly gleeful.