Last year was most definitely a year of ruffles in my wardrobe (and let’s be honest it’s going to continue in 2020!). I think I first saw the Mira dress by Fibre Mood on Instagram, I remember seeing Self Assembly Required’s beautiful version and knew it was one I needed to make !
So I headed over to their website and discovered they had an offer where you could get a PDF pattern for 1 euro … so obviously I jumped at that and purchased the Mira Dress straight away!
If you haven’t seen the pattern before it’s a beautiful shape. It has a cropped, high waisted bodice with 2 full ruffled tiers for the skirt. It has flattering 3/4 length straight sleeves and a high neckline. I’m 5ft 2 and don’t think I had to shorten it at all which is very unusual ! In fact I made no changes which is great – I have quite narrow shoulders but it sits perfectly.
First off, for both versions I made a size 38. They both fit really beautifully, however I would be interested to try making a size down just because I have seen a few people’s Mira dresses which look much more fitted. It’s worth noting that you have to add on seam allowances to the pattern pieces so watch out for that !!
Ok let’s start with my first version which is show above left …
I bought this beautiful viscose on holiday last year when I visited Holm Sown in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway (Rachel still has it in stock so grab it while you can!) . It’s drapey, a lovely weight and a really unusual print. The colours are so vibrant and as there are so many different colours in it I can pair lots with it !
Obviously pockets had to be added … this was really simple as the dress has side seams so I could just add them in. This version has plain navy pockets as it meant that I would possibly have enough of this beautiful fabric to make a top !
As you can see it’s one of those dresses that you have to twirl in … the ruffles hang so beautifully in this fabric that you can’t help but swish around !!
The second one is possibly even more beautiful !! I didn’t think it was possible but this fabric is just the most lovely, flowy fabric ever… It is an Atelier Brunette fabric called Posie Viscose Dobby in Blue. I bought it on sale with Minerva Crafts as a treat and it didn’t disappoint !
The fabric was a little sheer so I decided to line it … I lined the top except the sleeves and then made a straight underskirt as I thought too many ruffles would make it too weighty. The lining is just a plain navy viscose but its super soft and floaty!
I was so surprised at how easy the pattern was. I’m very guilty of sticking to the same pattern companies – I’m basically an expert in Tilly and The Buttons patterns ! So trying Fibre Mood felt a bit scary but honestly their instructions were really clear and the dress was so simple to construct …
I’d really like to have a think about how I could hack the pattern. The top fits beautifully so I may try lengthening the bodice to make a top, possibly with a ruffle but even just straight would be really lovely ! You could even lengthen the bodice right down to make an a-line/straight mini dress – that would look really neat especially with trainers and a slouchy blazer ! I also would like to make it midi length as that’s a style I want to start wearing a bit more.
I might even make a version in double gauze as I saw soso.sewing made one and it’s beautiful !! Perfect for summer and I won some powder blue double gauze from Sew Hayley Jane which would be super cute …
Ooo so many ideas … I’d love to hear if you’d made a Mira dress, what did you think ? Tag me in your versions as I always enjoy seeing different versions !