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Mira Tour - Molemieke's Naaiblog and So-Cal Sewing Mom

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Today Daisy (Molemieke's Naaiblog) and Janice (So-Cal Sewing Mom) are sharing what they have made with the Mira Dress pattern.

Janice got super creative and hacked the Mira into the sweetest top with crocheted lace trim. Gorgeous!

When I saw Daisy's dress, I was SO excited! The way she constructed that bodice with the added piping is exquisite.

I know you'll want to see more so head on over and check out both their blogs (and all their other amazing projects while you're there!)!

Mira Tour - Flaflinko and Liesellove

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Another day, another couple of Mira Dresses! Both Lies (Liesellove) and Marjolein (Flaflinko) chose View C with the ruched centre panel and the results are stunning!

Marjolein (Flaflinko)

 Lies (Liesellove)

Please go see more photos on their blogs. You'll be inspired, I'm sure!

How to Sew an Invisible Zipper into a Lined Bodice

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If you've ever tried unsuccessfully to install an invisible zipper into a lined bodice, you know how frustrating it can be. For years, I was afraid to sew a zipper and avoided every pattern that required one. Eventually, I overcame my apprehension, and immediately thought to myself "Why did I wait so long to try this!?"! It was so much easier than I thought it was. The key was having clear instructions...something I now strive to provide in my patterns that call on an invisible zipper closure (the Mira and Festivity Dresses both do).

For some of you,  photos and written instructions aren't enough, so because of the recommendation of many E&E readers, I've filmed a video tutorial.

In this video, I'm using the Mira Dress bodice and detailing steps 8-14, however, this method of construction should work with any other lined bodice.

Keep in mind that the zipper used in this video was already prepared as in the photos below:

In the video, I've already attached my zipper foot. It's just the regular one my machine came with, although, I really should get one of those invisible zipper feet...I've heard they're pretty awesome.

You can watch the Invisible Zipper Installation Video Tutorial HERE.

Mira Tour - By Dagbjort and Zowie Zo

Today the Mira Dress Tour makes a stop in two beautiful locations: Iceland and Malaysia.

First, the wonderfully talented Dagbjört from By Dagbjort shares her perfectly pleated version of the Mira Dress accented with expertly matched-up stripes.

Next, Zoë at Zowie Zo, added to her extensive repertoire of amazing garments, and paired linen and lace to make a gorgeous Mira dress for her girl to twirl in.

Much more to see on their blogs!

Mira Tour - Lavender Blue Hilly Dilly

Monday, March 20, 2017
All this week, we will be treated to incredibly inspiring dresses created with the Mira Dress pattern. Everything from using exquisite fabrics to completely altering pieces to re-invent the Mira will be featured all over Blogland.

The first stop on the tour is the delightful blog: Lavender Blue Hilly Dilly.  Hillary has taken this pattern to the next level by using her amazing piecing skills to create a Belle inspired town dress. I know you'll want to see more of it from this sneak peek!

All this week you can take advantage of a 10% discount using coupon code "MIRATOUR" until Monday, March 27 at 11:59PM PST.

Dutch Label Shop Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I love dressing my children in handmade clothing. But handmade clothing that looks professional? That's my favourite! I think a well-made clothing label takes handmade clothing to the next level. So, when The Dutch Label Shop asked me if I'd like to review their product, I was excited to try them out.

The process of designing, digitizing, and then ordering labels can seem daunting, but it was all really easy with The Dutch Label Shop.

First, you decide on the type of label you'd like: brand, care, or stock labels. There are also hand tags available. I chose "end fold left & right" woven logo labels.

Once I decided on my design, I simply created a digital copy of it and uploaded it to my order. 

Next, I chose the size and colour I wanted, and then I was done!

A couple weeks later, my new labels arrived and they were exactly how I envisioned them.

If you are looking to add personalized labels to your sewing creations, I highly recommend The Dutch Label Shop. To get you started, The Dutch Label Shop has kindly offered a discount of 15% off your order for the next 30 days using code "elegance&elephants".

Mira Dress Pattern Release

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 The Mira is a beautiful fit-and-flare dress with a classic, vintage silhouette. Three fully-lined bodice options allow for many possibilities to personalize your dress. This knee-length sleeveless dress also features an invisible zipper closure and an elegant, unique squared neckline. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, the Mira will delight your little lady!

View A

View B - single centre panel

View C - ruched (gathered) centre panel

The Mira Dress pattern includes:

Sizes: 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years 
- three bodice styles: one-piece front, one centre panel, gathered centre panel
- 38 page pdf document with full colour photographs and diagrams
- numbered, step-by-step instructions
- prints on both standard 8.5X11" and A4 paper
- includes both imperial and metric measurements
- finished garment measurements chart
- full-size pattern pages
- pattern sizes are colour coordinated and have individual line styles (print in black and white OR colour)
- clear instructions for printing only the size(s) you need using PDF layers
- 3/8 (1cm) seam allowances included
- no serger needed
- link to pattern instantly delivered to your Paypal account e-mail once payment processed
All prices in Canadian dollars.
The Mira Dress PDF Pattern is available for purchase HERE.

Mira Dress Testers

Thank you to all of the testers who took the time and effort to give such important feedback on the Mira Dress pattern. Their suggestions were just what was needed to make this pattern release possible. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank their models as well. They really did a fantastic job!

Extra special thanks to: Amanda B, Amanda K, Belinda, Brooke, Christine, Crystal, Cyrena, Donna, Elka, Grace, Heather, Heidi, Jeanette, Joanne, Laura, Mai Anh, Maria, Maria Luísa, Mel, Melissa D, Melissa A, Melissa M, Michelle, Miranda, Natasha, Rachel, Sarah, and Wen.







Mai Anh


Melissa D

Head to the E&E Patterns Shop to get your Mira Dress pdf pattern.

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