Monday, 11 August 2014

Ruby dress (rhino version)

During the course of last week, I finished the second ruby dress (pattern, of course, by Made by Rae) that I had started on the weekend. 

Ruby Dress (version rhino)

This version includes a black pinstriped lightweight wool blend suiting body, and a cotton linen yoke featuring rhinos.  The black fabric is from The Fabric Store, now my shop of choice for garment fabrics, and the yoke fabric is this one from Stitchbird (I love it and now I want to make a quilt featuring it!).

Ruby Dress (version rhino)

Instead of binding the armholes like the pattern suggests, on this version I stitched both raw edges of the binding to the armholes and then turned it inside the dress and hand stitched it down, so it's more like a facing.  You can't see it in these photos but I used a hot pink dotty fabric and you can catch a little glimpse of it now and then.

Ruby Dress (version rhino)

Because the body fabric was a lighter weight than the purple wool blend I used for my first ruby dress, I cut a size small body piece and paired it with a size medium yoke.  I think that works better for me - there's not as much excess fabric and I'm still not in any danger of the dress being too small.  This version turned out slightly shorter than the first ruby dress, so I'm writing this as a reminder to myself - I really need to add more than 2" to the pattern pieces to get the right length - more like 3" or 4".  This one is fine as a winter version where I'll always be wearing tights with it, but it would be too short for me to feel comfortable without tights and therefore wouldn't work as a summer dress.

Ruby Dress (version rhino)

This photo is good because it shows the subtle pinstripe in the  black fabric, and if you look at the neck very closely, you can see my hand stitching where I sewed down the binding/facing.  I used a light grey Aurifil thread (number 2600 to be precise) and was quite careful to make my stitches small and evenly spaced, because they are slightly visible on the outside of the garment.

Ruby Dress (version rhino)

This version has actually had an outing to work already.  I got a few strange looks on account of the rhinos, but very few comments.  It's very comfortable, and I felt good about wearing something I'd made myself (and a little bit subversive with my rhinos in a corporate office environment).  I'm really pleased to have another handmade addition to my wardrobe.

So are there any other quilters out there taking on garment sewing?  I had some lovely Anna Maria Horner knit fabric arrive during the week and I'm alternately excited and nervous about making something out of that.  I'm thinking that a t-shirt might be a good place to start...

I'll be linking up to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.

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11 comments:

  1. That rhino yoke is awesome. Great with those boots, too. Congrats! I've not ventured into garment sewing yet, but there is a toddler-sized peacoat that's been whispering to me to make it lately.

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  2. I used the rhino fabric in a bag. I love how you used it.

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  3. These Ruby dresses are so cute! Bravo! I'm trying to get into garment sewing - I've stocked up on the fabric but I really need to get started. I'll be curious to see what you do with the knits. I was thinking of making a skirt with one of them.

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  4. The rhinos are awesome, and I would take a LOT of pleasure in wearing that to the office, to! Well done!

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  5. As a summer option, you could always do three quarter length black tights, with hot pink sandals and accessories. Now that would rock! I'm thinking about this make it perfect dress http://sewcharleston.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/make-it-pefect-pattern-parade-giveaway/ which is made with knit. I enjoy seeing what Sew Charleston has been up to, as she has such a wide variety of pattern designers under her belt.

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  6. I think I'm the opposite of most quilters...I have been garment sewing for 40 years (quilting for over 20). Right now I'm working on a Halloween costume for a friend - Anna from the movie Frozen. And have about four quilts in progress.

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  7. you look fantastic in it, and I *love* the subversive rhinos ;-)

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  8. Love this so much! And it looks fantastic on you!
    I started my sewing "career" by making my own clothes but haven't ventured back into it since i started quilting. Maybe it's time!

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  9. Great dress :) the rhinos are fun with the pinstripes. A bit like 'office girl meets fun, creative chick'. I think this will be a stable in your wardrobe for a long time.

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  10. Looks fab, as do you. Love your new profile piccy too. I just read a novel where the lead character has the same job as you...except she got up to all sorts of naughty stuff at work!!

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  11. Hi! I LOVE the rhino put together with the pinstripe! And I, too, am a quilter learning to sew garments. For now I'm sticking with elastic waist shorts and easy shift dresses, but my goal is to get Very Good, lol! I'd like to be able to sew my own mother-of-the-groom dress when my son gets married next year :)

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