Man, was I stoked when Heidi asked if I wanted to join in on The Mira dress blog tour! I had to read the email a few times to be sure I was understanding it correctly. To answer no was not an option in my mind so here I am sharing my lovely Mira dress. If you read or at least scroll to the end you’ll find a special coupon code to E & E Patterns
Anita wanted the blue Cotton+Steel fabric with the gold diamonds, as she called it. I only had a small piece left of it so I used it for the center front piece and the lining. Luckily I had another Cotton+Steel fabric that coordinated perfectly. I bought both these fabrics from Miss Matatabi back in 2015 according to my Etsy account.
I loved playing around and matching up the stripes. Stripes are so fun! At first I forgot about matching the front and back pieces over the shoulders so I had to recut the front side pieces, lets just say at least ones!
The Mira dress is in true Elegance & Elephants style, simple and playful yet sophisticated and elegant. The pattern pieces are perfect and the instructions are great, in other words a very fun sew! I also love the burrito style method when making a lined bodice, it amazes me every time that it actually works. Heidi has a great video tutorial if you’ve never done that before.
I made the version with the gathered center front piece but instead of gathering I did improvisational pleating. I tried to make the pleats so that all the gold specs would show, that’s why they are not as irregular as they could have been.
Anitas dress is a size 5 but I lengthened both the bodice and the skirt pieces to a size 6 and the fit is spot on.
I’m so glad that we have passed the phase where everything had to be or include a good chunk of pink for a piece of clothing to be accepted by my little princess. At least if there is some sort of sparkle to it Anita is on board with it now.
Of course we need to practice waving like a Princess in the new dress, awww!
I’m sure it’s a very strange sight to look at us when we are taking pictures, Anita runs and jumps around and I try to keep up and snap pictures and hope that at least some of them are in focus. Thankfully we haven’t gotten any snappy comments on how I let her play outside in the cold without a warm jacket.
The Mira dress is one of those classic dress patterns you just need to have in your pattern collection. Sizes go from 6 months to 10 years so you can use the pattern for a long time. You can make the front bodice in one piece or do a regular panel or a gathered panel.
I promised you a special code at the start of this post so here you go: If you use MIRATOUR at check out you will get 10% off everything in the E & E Pattern store. This code will expire on Monday, March 27 at 11:59PM PST. So if you’ve had your eye on some of her patterns now is your change to stock up!
I think this pretty much wraps it up! Thanks for having me on your blog tour Heidi and thank you all for stopping by!!
Be sure to check out the other stops on The Mira Tour