watercolor ruby top

a little while back i got to test out Rae’s brand new adult lady sewing pattern, the Ruby Dress & Top!  it’s a flattering yet simple design that takes pretty much all of the tougher parts of adult sewing out of the equation (no darts, no zippers or buttons or closures of any kind…that stuff).  it’s also a quick one to sew up.  you can sew this pattern!

and you should.

watercolor ruby top

because even though my face is a bit like 😐 in the photo above, i think this top is great…and the tweaks Rae made with the feedback from testing made it even better in the final version.  that girl really takes her time to get the fit just right, something i really appreciate with her patterns.

watercolor ruby top

it’s a SUPER fun (and maybe even a little overwhelming?) pattern to pick fabrics for.  you can really go a million different directions with it.  i used a semi-sheer lightweight rayon/poly type blend from the back of an Old Navy shirt I bought for the other side (eyelet).  it moves around a lot which made the skinny bias binding way harder to apply, but the drape is nice.

watercolor ruby top

the bottom fabric, which i ADORE, is from Skylights by Rosewood Organics.  i got it at Bolt (I think?).  such a cool watercolor design.  i made this summery top when it was still 90 degrees out and it’s definitely fall here now, which just means i’ve got a whole new color palette to choose from when i make Ruby 2!

watercolor ruby top

i usually sew a medium in Rae’s patterns but here I made a size large, because do you know what else the Ruby Top is great for…?

…hiding an early baby bump!

watercolor ruby top

yep yep, 18 weeks along with baby number 3 over here, and so excited!  i know at least one observant blog friend guessed it based on my posting slowdown this summer, but seriously guys, little #3 really kicked my butt in the first trimester.  so tired and most food just made me feel sick.  i’m glad to have some energy back now so i can sew in the evenings if i want, or in the daytime for that matter (i was pretty much napping when my kids did – good for the baby but frustrating for me, since i ACTUALLY ENJOY DOING THINGS)!

watercolor ruby top

i’m due in late February and we can’t wait to find out gender in a couple weeks, though Em is CONVINCED it’s a girl and has even told us what we should name “her.”  in the meantime, she nicknamed the baby “Avocado” based on the size i told her the baby was at the time, and loves to give her little “sister” kisses, bring me blankets and Mommy Elephant to snuggle with when i’m tired, hold the doppler machine and listen to the heartbeat at the midwife…she’s a loving little mama and it’s the cutest.  it’s really fun to have her understand what’s going on.

O seems happy about it sometimes, and sometimes indifferent.  because he’s 2.  😉

watercolor ruby top

and there ya go – my secret is out!  i’d never announced a pregnancy to blogland before…hope i did okay.  😉

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thanks for the great announcement project, Ruby Top!  check out Rae’s highlight reel of my fellow pattern testers here, video tutorials on how to line the yoke here, and Rae’s supercool arrow dress that started it all here.  

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108 thoughts on “watercolor ruby top

  1. Erin says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Wonderful news! Glad you’re feeling better now…that first trimester took me down with my last one too. Perfect baby bump top! Yay!

    • kristin says:

      Oof I’m not sure if it’s the first two running around or if it’s your body responding differently, but man it was rough. I’d never had nausea like that on top of the exhaustion. Blegh! But thank you! It’s all good stuff regardless. 🙂

  2. carolyn says:

    Perhaps I’m completely dense (which, granted, I am at times) but I was super-surprised! Which made the announcement that ,much more fun to read! Congratulations, Kristin!! I’m so happy for your growing family! And I’m so happy that you’re starting to get your energy back…that first trimester is killer!

  3. Brooke says:

    Woot!! I was wondering why you made the top so baggy… Didn’t seem like your usual style. Congrats on baby #3! I hate that first trimester fatigue… Really cuts out sewing time. Super cute baby bump!

    • kristin says:

      I do prefer a more fitted top, for sure – but this top was definitely convenient for bump hiding, since those third babies like to peep out a little earlier than you want to announce things, ya know? Thanks!

  4. Heidi says:

    I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple of months, so didn’t realize you had slowed down in your posting. But I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog and I thought that was a super way to announce a pregnancy!

  5. gail says:

    Congratulations Kristin!! Cat’s out of the bag!!! Now I can’t wait for the next reveal when you find out the sex! You are looking adorable and that truly is the perfect reveal top. All around YAY!!!!

  6. delia says:

    Yay! So glad you let the baby out of the bag. 😉 You are the most adorable pregnant lady. I can’t wait to find out what your little avocado is either. So fun! You guys make the cutest kids. What a lucky little kid to get to join your family.

    • kristin says:

      Thanks, Venus! I know, it was a funny thing to pattern test and be like “ummmmm do you still want me with this new little bit of news that will be changing my body shape quite a bit?” Haha.

  7. rachel says:

    i can’t tell you how excited i was to see this this morning. the ‘teaser’ photo on feedly was your pregnant belly, so i knew the news was coming and couldn’t read the details about the top – i had to go straight to the announcement! 🙂 then went back to read all about the top as well! 🙂
    congratulations! i am so, so happy for you. i read a study that said women tend to get more sick with girls. i was, by far, my sickest and most tired with indigo. i was sick and exhausted for 20 weeks. time has never gone slower in-my-life. it’s so funny how time is. those days just progressed at a snail’s pace. but indigo was also my easiest baby by a long shot. people tell me that’s how it works (hard pregnancy = easy baby). iris was my easiest pregnancy. i did some acupuncture and the acupuncturist told me, based on “5000 years of Chinese wisdom” (his words) that if i thought happy, positive thoughts my entire pregnancy, I would have a happy peaceful baby. so i did. i even journaled 1000 things i was thankful for. i was perpetually zen. and she was, by far, my grumpiest, most colicky, more discontent baby ever. i told him, “think of what a grump she’d be if i hadn’t done all of that positive thinking!’ ha!

    • kristin says:

      hehe aw thanks! i’ve heard that too about the sickness. i have said this pregnancy resembles Em’s more than O’s, so I’m probably having a…boy. that’s how it works, right? the opposite of what you expect? and O was an easy pregnancy, easy labor, AND easy baby, so i got kinda spoiled there. 😉

      that’s fun about the costume on pinterest too! she was in heaven wearing that thing.

  8. rachel says:

    ps i was on pinterest getting some ‘printables’ for tarikua this morning and saw em’s elephant costume. i can’t tell you how big i was smiling when i saw it. so insanely cute!

  9. Bree says:

    Congratulations! I just had #3 6 weeks ago and my oldest (whose is 6) loved knowing what “fruit” the baby was each week.

    I know what you mean about the third pregnancy being hard- mine kicked my butt! I hope yours gets easier from here.

  10. lecsmiscellany says:

    So happy and excited for you all!! I was really sick with #3, worse than the previous two, but I wonder if it’s also a function of having more to do and worry about with two other kids running around. Or maybe your body does it all on its own, is more sensitive because it has been pregnant before, who knows? But I am very glad you are feeling a lot better and very happy for your family 🙂

  11. Caila says:

    Yay, whoohoo the news is out!! I’m so excited for you guys and can’t wait to meet the new little boy or girl. Congratulations, friend!! (Oh, and you did a great job announcing the news). 😉

    • kristin says:

      thanks girl! it’ll be so fun – Em and O looked very different at birth (she had tons of black hair, he had less light brown hair, a pound difference in weight…lots of stuff) so i’m curious what #3 will look like as well as gender! ohhhh the possibilities.

  12. suzy says:

    Congratulations! So funny, I was just looking at the photos and thinking “That top is really cute, but it makes her look a bit pregnant”… and then tada! Lovely news.

  13. Froo & Boo says:

    Wonderful news–congratulations!! Wishing you all the best with your pregnancy. Sometimes you just need a fun and happy new shirt to make you feel the same inside, but you look like you are radiating from within! So beautiful!

  14. Kelly says:

    Such exciting news, congrats to you!! I love this top, and you look adorable as always 🙂 I waffle a bit about having another, but I am pretty sure we are done…I feel like I am to old to go through another pregnancy, hehe. Glad you are feeling better, that first trimester can be rough!

  15. lucinda says:

    Yay! Congratulations!! And what a fun announcement . . . yes, I would say you did “ok”!:) Glad that you’re starting to feel better and have more energy – may it continue for many months to come yet!

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