Working on a Ruby

I’m working on a camisole version of the Ruby slip.  As soon as I saw the Sew-A-Long, I downloaded the pattern, knowing that I wouldn’t get around to it until I got around to it.  I’ve always wanted a properly fitting slip, but could really never be bothered harnessing my intellect to wrestle through the bodice fitting issues.  When I saw Sherry’s version it was so pretty I just couldn’t resist giving it a try.  Then all sorts of Rubys started popping up in the sewing blog world and I really thought I’d give it a try.

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The final impetus was this blouse, however, which I made in a silk chiffon that definitely requires a camisole.  I could wear something nude coloured, but I personally find it annoying when I see curvy people like myself wearing something sheer with only a nude something else hiding their undergarments.  It’s visually distracting and I don’t like to see details, if you know what I mean.  So, after cutting out a Donna Karan top (yet to be sewn), I was pleased to see there was enough of this green silk charmeuse to cut the Ruby slip pattern to make myself a camisole.

I just want to say, regardless of all the stupid pattern adjustments that can (and do) make me tired of not being a B cup girl, Sherry did a wonderful job drafting this slip pattern.  The bodice cut is perfect, even though I’m not planning to use lace for this version.  And the required FBA was a LOT easier than any other slip adjustment I’ve attempted in the past.

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10 thoughts on “Working on a Ruby

  1. I totally feel your pain on the necessity of an FBA…. I know enough now, how to do one on bodices with darts and princess seams but there’s been a few times where I’ve looked at a pattern and said “oh that’s cute!” and then “aw MAN but how the heck would one do an FBA on that?” LOL

    1. I totally get where you’re coming from, although after crying through the Bombshell dress with Gertie, I’m getting braver about slicing up a pattern, however crazy it would be, to attempt an FBA.

      1. hahaha…. i’m still gonna attempt that in June if all goes well… in the meantime i’ve aqcuired myself a video specifically for doing FBA on different styles of bodice; I’ll post a review on it once I get the chance to check it out! 🙂

  2. Now I’m relieved I don’t have any nude camis ;)… although since I recently modeled a sheer(ish) top with just a bra under it I probably shouldn’t speak too soon.

    Can’t wait to see your version (now if only I could get mine working…) 🙂

    1. Oh, dear! I thought of your post when I wrote that – worried what I wrote would read wrong! I probably should have written “roly-poly details”, something which most definitely does not apply to you! Believe me, if I didn’t have so much round detail to show, I’d probably be the first to wear a sheer top with a nude cami or a pretty bra! I did photograph the top without any cami and thought, “Nope -TMI. 🙂

  3. I also cut this out and have the fabrics picked out too. I need a good weekend for careful bias-cutting! It is so pretty. I look forward to seeing a camisole version!

  4. Ruby is residing on my hard drive, and waiting her turn. I agree with you about nude camis…a matching, or even complementary, color is nicer.

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