Ruched Top & Dress by Patterns for Pirates

Aug 23, 2023

Listen. LISTEN. I would have shared this new sew of mine last week when we officially launched it over at Patterns for Pirates but I’ve had a lot of things going on around here. After we returned from our whirlwind Ireland/Scotland trip, I had barely enough time to catch my footing before we started getting wild around here again. Bennett is in a new classroom + school this year, teaching 7th Grade Science. And Louis’ birthday was on Saturday and we went out of town to celebrate. Plus school just started yesterday.

WHEW. So hopefully you can understand why I’m a few days late on sharing this fabulous pattern. But you’re in luck because I’m still doing it within the release sale timeframe — which means you can still score this amazing new pattern at a discount!

Enough excuses from me. Let’s talk about the Ruched Top & Dress pattern from Patterns for Pirates!

The Ruched Top & Dress is exactly as it sounds! It has a tight fit silhouette and features ruching on both side seams!

Options Include:

  • Seven Hem Lengths: Crop, Top, Shirt, Mini, Knee, Midi + Maxi
  • Four Sleeve Options: Tank, Short, 3/4, + Long
  • Two Neckline Options: Higher Crew, Lower Jewel
  • Optional Shelf Bra
  • Crop, Top, Shirt Only: Tie Side Seam Option
  • Midi, Maxi Only: Side Seam Leg Split

I made myself a top length, tie-up side seams, with long sleeves, a lower neckline AND used this gorgeous peach Rib Wave Knit from my friend at El Centenario Fabric! It’s still a little too warm here to wear this, but I’m super excited to be able to rock it whenever the weather takes a turn to the cooler side.

Legit, I tried to make myself a crop length first and then cut the sleeves off and squeaked out a new version i the top length for myself instead. I honestly am trying to be part of the cool crowd with crops, but I just can’t do it, haha. But top length? YES. I’m in.

It hits at the perfect height for a higher waisted pant. And the ruched sides with the ties are TOO CUTE at this length. Am I right?

I’m warming up to the idea of pinks/peachy colors against my skin tone. Specifically because of this fabric. I also made an All Buttoned Up cardigan as part of my Sudoku Travel Wardrobe Capsule and I became super smitten with it. Who knew? I’ve been avoiding pinks forever now!

The Ruched Top & Dress pattern is super fast to sew up. I wish I’d made more but I couldn’t make a decision on which other version I wanted to make…so I didn’t.

That can’t be just me, right? The burden of decisions end in zero activity on my end alllllll the time. Sigh.

All I know at this point is I plan on wearing this new Ruched Top pretty much all fall long. Maybe winter too. I’ll see if I can make room in my weekly wear of the Modern Sweaters and Sweater Weathers that I’ve got overflowing from my closet. Pretty sure I can squeeze it in. Because it’s freaking adorable.

What do you think? Is this a pattern you’re ready to print, cut and sew? It should be!

Pattern: Ruched Top & Dress by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: Rib Wave Knit from El Centenario Fabric

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Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
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