Hubby and I recently attended the annual mixed dinner at the SGT’s Mess. And obviously that means I needed a new dress! I had bought the Miss Ruby Tuesday (MRT) pattern when it was first released, over a year ago, and the add-on bodice and skirt packs when they were released, but had never made it up.
I decided to use a great fabric, rather than a complicated pattern. Much easier, and I wasn’t going to drive myself up the wall too much. The name of the fabric is ‘Jewel’, although hubby looked at me in the car and commented “That fabric looks like camouflage”. You can tell he’s army….
Sewing was quite straightforward, allconstruction was done on the overlocker, and used the coverstitch for hems. The coverstitch did tunnel just a little, but not enough to worry about.
Altogether, I think this dress took me about four hours to make, including tracing the pattern. Now that’s a quick make, for such a gorgeous dress!
Here is a closer look at the pleating and drape – I have a feeling I draped the skirt pleats the wrong direction.
Below is the review, as posted on Pattern Review
MISS RUBY TUESDAY DRESS – will be your GO TO dress for summer or winter, night or day. It’s a knit dress – so that means – NO ZIPS!
A truly beautiful dress to sew and wear but with so many options – you will produce a different dress each time you sew it.
2XS – 6XL. I sewed an L, grading to an M at the waist
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
All the options in the add on pack! The instructions were simple to follow
Polyester jersey from Fabulous Fabrics in Perth. It was really good to
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used the pleated bodice and draped skirt from the add-on packs. You do have to buy the MRT pattern first, as several pieces are in that pattern. There were no alterations or design changes to this dress, as it was the first MRT that I’ve made.
Next time I plan to add about half an inch to the side seams as they are pulling slightly upwards.
I also plan to add clear elastic to the crossover on the bodice. It started off fine, but as I wore it the front stretched and I kept pulling it closed. It wasn’t indecent, however I felt self-conscious. I did think about that when sewing the dress, but decided not to.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I’ll definitely be making more of these. With so many options they’ll all look different. Highly recommend it to anyone.
This is an extremely versatile pattern that can be dressed up or down. I wore this dress to a formal dining in night at the Sergeant’s Mess. The fabric is what makes this dress formal or casual, the style is classic, and the variations in the add-on pack make it so changeable. You could have a dozen Miss Ruby Tuesday dresses and they would all be different.