This summer, I sewed something.
This pattern is Ruby Dress from Made by Rae, it’s a pretty quick sew and shifts seem to look good on a lot of bodies, so it’s worth a try. There’s a front and back yoke with a few gathers that give a little interest to this piece, still, pretty easy! I think this can be sewn in about 2 hours.
I used a Cotton + Steel double gauze and it feels really dreamy. In the front, I used stripes and a mustard near-solid print for the back main dress (the yoke is stripes, too). I used quilting cotton for finishing the arm and neck holes, though, the gauze would be too lumpy/bulky for all of that. Double gauze is easy to use in general, but, like all apparel, wash it at least once before cutting and sewing.
I looked at all three measurements (bust, waist, hip) to decide on a size (XS), I usually go by bust measurement on dresses, that was the case here and it fits perfectly.
I sewed this on my Bernina 350 PE using a microtex (sharp) needle and polyester thread.
I just announced plans for Sew OK 2016! Check that out after you make something today!