Up up and away with Ruby

Up up and away with Ruby

With lovely holiday memories still fresh in my mind, I was keen to turn this quirky travel fabric into a summery top.


The colourful Around the World in 80 Days print from Darn Cheap Fabrics was the inspiration behind today’s balloon photo shoot.




The top… let me tell you about the top…  This weekend I’ve developed a pattern crush on Tessuti’s latest release the Ruby Top/Dress.  I traced off a size 12, completed an 1 1/2 inch dartless FBA and shortened the pattern at the hem by 1 1/4 inches.  During a mid-make try-on, I discovered excess room at the side seams.  To resolve this issue, I took each side seam in by 3/8 inch.  Perhaps I didn’t need that FBA, or such a large FBA, after all?

The  stitch-in-the-ditch method, as outlined in the instructions, for securing the neck and armholes binding, is not one I’ve used before.  I decided to follow the instructions and I think it’s fair to say that I need a little more stitch-in-the-ditch practice!  The slightly darker than ideal thread doesn’t help the situation either.  Next time, I foresee the binding being hand stitched in place.


This top was a bit of a style experiment for me.  I don’t usually wear high necklines, but Ruby’s cut-away armholes balance her neckline nicely.  Did I mention there is a dress version too?  I have some silk earmarked for a Ruby Dress and a function date (Dec 5th) that I’m working towards.


The pattern also features a keyhole back opening.  My op shop jar of buttons delivered yet again and I learnt how to make a thread chain to loop the button through.  Information on creating a thread chain were not included in the instructions, but a quick internet search uncovered an easy to follow Oliver + S tutorial.


Before I take my balloon and go home, I’m giving Ruby the big thumbs up.


Pattern:  Tessuti’s Ruby Top/Dress
Size: 12
Fabric:  K-Balloons (100% viscose) from Darn Cheap Fabrics
Alterations:  1.5″ dartless FBA.  I took each side seam in by 3/8″.  I removed 1 1/4″ from the length of the top at the hem.
Accessories:  Beads from Scarlett Jones & shoes purchased online.


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