Ruby Sewalong – part 3

Hi everyone!

How’re you getting on with the wonderful Ruby pattern?  Hopefully by now you have cut out and sewn your cup pieces together.  This time we’re going to be finishing off the cups with fold-over elastic (FOE).

As well as the sewing instruction, I’ve done a couple of other little videos with additional info that you can skip over if they don’t interest you.  One describes the basic pattern alterations that I’ve done for myself on my non-foam version.  The other is pretty much an info-mercial on the Ruby fabric and findings kits I’ve put together for you to buy if you so desire 😉

So, before we get cracking on the sewing I have a couple of apologies to make.  One is that you will see a great deal of my legs.  I promise this is not because I’m sewing in my underwear, but because I’m wearing shorts! (We’re currently having what may well turn out to be summer in the UK at the moment, what can I say …)  The other is that the video quality isn’t brilliant because we changed from an iPad to a camera, thinking it would be better.  It wasn’t.  Promise to do better for next time …

Non-Foam Version

Ooops! one of the hazards of having the windows open in the  summer … ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ at full blast 🙂

SO.moving on …

After you’ve finished the cups, you need to finish the bridge by turning over a 1/4″ hem. Simple.

Foam Version

If you are making the Ruby with foam you should by now have your foam cups and your fabric covers sewn up and ready to go.  All we need to do now is put them together!

Now for the FOE …

Both Versions

Now we have the cups finished off and the bridge on the front frame finished.  You can go ahead and sew the front and back band pieces together at the side seams.

In the next session we’ll look at putting the cups into the frame (so make sure you marked all those notches we talked about before…) and applying the elastics.

See you next time

PS  Here are those extra videos I mentioned at the beginning.

Pattern Alterations

Ruby Kit Info

Forgot to mention that the full fabric and findings kits contain two pre-wound bobbins of matching thread (One for e the bobbin, one as the top thread).  Also forgot to mention tha the kits come in lilac as well.  (Some days you just can’t get the staff …)



6 thoughts on “Ruby Sewalong – part 3

  1. I’m trying to avoid or enclose synthetic elastics wherever possible, and use woven cotton instead of synthetics as much as I can (for allergy reasons). Is it possible to use narrow bias binding instead of FOE for the neckline, or will it need more stretch than that?

    1. Hmmm – tricky one. Although it is elastic, the main point of the FOE is to give a neat finish to the upper cups. Whilst you don’t want the top edge to stetch out and go baggy, at the same time it needs to flex and move with you. So I think the bias binding is a possibilty but – as always – the only way to tell is to suck it and see! I made a couple of suggestions re a quick and dirty way to check on the cup fit in the first instalment. Let me know how it works out 🙂

  2. Hi Mandy,
    I have made a Ruby in black duoplex with red stitching and elastic I think it looks fantastic off but it seems to give me a very flat profile. I am normally a 32F and used the 4.0 cup. My BCD is 3.75, am I doing something wrong?

    1. The black and red sounds fabulous! Do you mean 32F in ready-to-wear (RTW)? In Beverly’s patterns a 32F equates to a bcd of 4.5″. I’m sure you already have, but double check your cup depth. The cross-cup seam in the Ruby is designed to be 1″ or so above the apex (nipple) so check where it comes on you. You can send me a pic to if you are comfortable doing that and that will make it easir to assess the fit 🙂

      1. I will give the 4.5 a go and let you know how I get on. It won’t be until the end of the month as my sewing room has to revert to its former use as a bedroom for guests for my daughters wedding. Thanks for the info.

        1. Oh wow – I just saw your pic. It looks really lovely 🙂 I’d be inclined to just make up one cup in the new size and compare it to the bra you’ve already made rather than another complete bra straight off. Have you seen my blog on making a tester bra?

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