It’s time for a new summer top to wear on its own or under a lightweight cardigan and the Ruby pattern from Made by Rae (find stockists here) features a contrast yoke and gathers for a comfortable and flattering fit without the need for bust darts, zippers, or closures. Armholes and neckline are bias-bound for an easy finish. It’s a pattern suitable for beginners and can be made as a dress or tunic. I chose to sew a tunic as I rarely wear dresses these days!
I chose a pretty shell patterned fabric from Modelo for the main body of the tunic. It’s a Rayon print and is soft and silky to the touch. It drapes beautifully. The yoke looks great with a contrasting linen look fabric – I chose the Yarn Dyed Linen Cotton Blend in Navy by Modelo that comes in a good range of colours to coordinate with the main patterned fabric. It is a nice weight. I pre-washed my fabrics as recommended and to avoid shrinkage.
The Rayon fabric by Modelo was easy to sew and it did not slip too much when sewing. I used plenty of pins to stop the fabric slipping too much and staystitched the fabric where recommended. Pressing with a cool iron is very important too to give a professional finish.
The fabrics I chose worked really well together. I made my own bias binding using the linen look fabric by cutting it on the diagonal to give some stretch, then joining the lengths to make the binding strips. The binding was really easy to apply around the neckline and sleeves. I slip stitched the binding to the inside by hand to give a neat finish.
I’m really pleased with the top – it fits well and feels comfortable to wear. Perfect for your summer wardrobe!