Ruby Dress: Finishing

Finishing The Ruby Dress includes:

  • Hemming the Circle Skirt
  • securing the lining on the waist


Step 1: Hemming the Circle Skirt

Since this is a circle skirt, the bottom part of the hem is larger.  To have a flat hem, we will use a gathering stitch.

  • Stitch around the hem close to the edge in about 12″ segments.  Use a long stitch 4-5mm).

This is a temporary stitch that will be removed.  It will be helpful to use a thread in a contrasting color.  For my red Ruby Dress I used a blue thread.  The segments will be useful to have multiple gathering points.

  • For accuracy, mark 2″ using a tailor’s chalk.


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  • Gather the hem just enough to press the curvy hem.  The skirt will have slight gathers on the inside, but it should be flat on the outside.
  • Pin in place.


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  • Use a cross stitch to hem your circle skirt. The picture below shows you hot to do a cross stitch.

Ruby Dress cross stitch


You should get a nice and flat curvy hem.

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Step 2: Sewing the lining to the Waist seam allowance

  • Press the waist seam allowance towards the bodice
  • Pin the lining in place
  • Use a slip stitch to sew the lining to the waist seam allowance.

The picture below uses a white thread, but you should use a matching thread.


slip stitch



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Give your dress a final press.

Your dress is now finished!

Take a picture of your dress and post it in our  MHS Sewing Facebook Group.



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I hope you enjoyed sewing along with us! If you are sharing pictures on Twitter or Instagram, please use  hashtag #mhsrubydress. If you are not on either of those, you could always email pics to me at

Happy Sewing,


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