London Calling…

I’ve been dying to show you all this – my first dress!

Love it!

Love it!

I know I’ve been sewing for a while now, and I’ve made a few things for myself that I love to wear, but I’ve always felt a bit nervous about dresses. I mean, they have darts and zips and aargh!! However, I’ve been holding on to the Ruby dress pattern from Love Sewing for months now and figured it was time to bite the bullet. Plus I’ll have something to wear when Andy takes me out for a birthday meal.

My wonderful friend Alison bought me an awesome duvet set from Asda as part of my birthday present and told me it was for making a dress. I love it!

Now I know that technically I should have made a toile of the bodice to make sure the fit was just right, but I was feeling a bit lazy, and fairly optimistic, so I decided to just go for it and sew a straight size 12.

It was a really quick and simple sew, even with my first go at darts (seriously, what was I afraid of? They’re easy!) and it only used up the one side of a double duvet. (The other side is stripey and destined to become pj bottoms.)

Thankfully, it fits pretty well, hurrah! I think it could do with a bit of fabric taking out across the neckline as it’s gaping a bit, but it doesn’t look bad. I’d definitely make the skirt longer next time I make this; I’d prefer it just below my knees.

Remember the disaster I had with putting an invisible zip into the Typewriter Skirt? Well no such problems here. I am ridiculously proud of how well this zip went in (to the point where I actually called Andy at work to tell him about it). Check it out:

Check it out!

Check it out!

Making this dress has definitely made me feel more confident about sewing for myself and has also given me back a bit of motivation missing since Christmas (you may have noticed a lack of sewing-related posts on Facebook and Twitter lately!).

What do you think? Show me your Ruby dresses!

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4 comments on “London Calling…
  1. Avatar Rachel says:

    toria it looks amazing! you should have all the confidence in your sewing skills! x

  2. Toria Toria says:

    Ah that’s just me all over I’m afraid, I always worry too much that I’m no good at stuff! Looking forward to next week!

  3. Avatar Amber says:

    Wow that’s amazing! I’ve bought some fabric to try making a simple skirt but it’s still hanging up waiting to be ironed! I’d love to be able to make a dress like that one day 🙂

  4. Toria Toria says:

    Aww, thanks Amber! I never thought I’d ever be able to make anything like this either, so keep at it 😀

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