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How We Wear It: Ruby Dress in Amy Butler Fabric

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

How We Wear It: The Ruby Dress by Made by Rae |

Three years ago, I was a fresh face to Colorado and was eager to meet some crafting buddies in the area. I had heard about the Makerie, a creative retreat held at the Chautauqua Center here in Boulder. I was a grad student currently drowning in corporate accounting homework and I was yearning for some good ol’ crafting time.

Being grad-student-broke, I volunteered for the event. I was the swag bag coordinator, making sure every attendee had some seriously awesome swag. I also volunteered as a class assistant. I soon found out Amy Butler would be there, teaching a class on color. So, of course, I begged and pleaded and ended up as Amy’s assistant for two entire days. My dreams had come true.

If you don’t know much about Amy Butler, you should know this. She’s one of the kindest, warmest people I have ever met. During our few days together, I learned more about her journey to becoming a textile designer and all about her life in Ohio.

Today, I am so happy to spread the word about her latest project! Yes, this is a style post, but it’s also a post showcasing Amy Butler’s new line of fabric, Violette. And let me tell you folks, it is divine. I used Amy’s Leaf Line Mineral to sew up the Ruby Dress and it was the perfect fabric for the Made by Rae pattern.

The Ruby Dress is a woven tank or shift dress with a contrast yoke and bias-bound neckline and armholes. The pattern features gathering on both the front and back bodices to allow for an easy fit. Rae recommends using lightweight cottons for this pattern like double gauze, linen or voile. The Violette fabric I worked with is a true blue quilting cotton. Having spent my beginner sewing years working only with quilting cottons, I knew this fabric would be perfect for this pattern.

Made by Rae's Ruby Dress overview |

I sewed the Ruby Dress exactly as the pattern instructed. I used a contrasting bias tape for the neckline and armholes, and also sewed the dress using French seams. These professional finishes make this dress feel 100% luxurious.

Wearing the Ruby Dress by Made by Rae |

The gathered bodices are a great alternative to darts and I assume will work well with most bust sizes. The 2” wide hem gives a finished look to the bottom of the dress. And the Ruby sews up quick! I spent about two hours total on this dress from start to finish.

Made by Rae's Ruby Dress in Amy Butler Fabric |

Yes, I know it’s February and you may think this dress hardly has a place in your winter wardrobe. But it does! It layers well with leggings, boots, scarves and structured jackets. Here I’m wearing my dress for the warm days we’re having here in Colorado, with coordinating flats and a Valentine’s Day appropriate scarf.

The Ruby Dress in Amy Butler Fabric |

Because of its shift dress silhouette, the Ruby works well for both casual and more formal occasions. I wear mine while running errands around town and also for happy hour with the girls. I especially love my Ruby for a beach coverup. It’s easy to throw on and off, with no zippers or finicky closures to deal with!

Wearing the Ruby Dress with a Scarf |

This pattern is ideal for the beginner sewist, and anyone who still prefers to sew with quilting cottons.

Amy Butler’s Violette collection will be available in your independent fabric stores soon. Pick out your fabric print and grab your copy of the Ruby sewing pattern. This will be one pattern you’ll be glad to add to your handmade wardrobe. Make sure you’re following us on Pinterest to see how we style other patterns sold in the Indiesew shop!

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