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Rosy’s Ruby skirt.

For my latest project, the sun was shining and I was feeling all spring like when I made my fabric choice! So, I picked this cute pink cotton poplin with tiny white polka dots. I’ve mentioned here before about how much I love a polka dot, so I was, of course, immediately drawn to it!  As far as I’m concerned, spots go with everything…florals and stripes as well as plain fabrics! 

I have seen lots of people make the new Ruby skirt, which is a free pattern from Sew Over It. It is emailed to you when you join their mailing list. It’s a great staple garment that you could pair with a t-shirt for a casual look or a blouse for something a little smarter. So, I decided to give it a go. 

The pattern is a very simple one, making it perfect for beginners. It has a button placket down the front. Then the waist is gathered at the front and has an elasticated waist on the back. I cut a size 18 (43″ waist 46″ hip) but I didn’t find the skirt to be especially gathered at the back, so I think I will size up next time, to make the skirt more full. 

In these photos, I put together an outfit that I will wear a lot when the weather warms up; a light green statement tshirt, knotted at the waist, and a pair of green sandals. I’ve also styled the skirt with a 26″ petticoat, as I like the fullness it adds to the silhouette. While the weather is still a little cooler, I think the skirt will also look nice with tights, converse trainers and a denim jacket. 

As I said before, this fabric is going to be great for summer. It is perfect for skirts, blouses, shorts and dresses. Wouldn’t a statement sleeve look amazing in this fabric?! Poplin has a bit of structure, so would hold the shape of a sleeve beautifully, without being stiff or uncomfortable. I’m thinking of garments like the Anthea blouse by Emma Allen, the gorgeous new Penelope dress by Emporia Patterns or the Bakerloo dress by Nina Lee. 

I also decided to make a matching bag with the leftover fabric from this project. I had some giant lilac ricrac in my stash that I thought would be a fabulous match with the bag! I made a simple tote bag out of two rectangles. I attached the ricrac first (ensuring it was lining up one the sides). I hemmed the top of the bag and then attached two straps. Finally, I sewing the two rectangles together and pressed the bag. It’s such a fun little tote!!

I had great fun making and styling this skirt. I hope it helps inspire you to make something nice for the coming summer. Don’t forget to use the code Rosy10 to claim 10% off your order at Felicity Fabrics.