DIY GREY TIERED DRESS | FIBRE MOOD MIRA

DIY GREY TIERED DRESS | FIBRE MOOD MIRA

Fibre Mood Mira was probably my favourite make of last year. Yes, I know, you are probably getting tired by now of my Fibre Mood obsession, but I can’t help it, their patterns are just so cool…

My plan for this year is to sew 12 garments for me, one for every month, so that I continue to keep my wardrobe lean. Therefore, I have to be very considerate as to what I choose to put in my sewing queue. Usually it’s things that I need, like a new cardigan (to replace one I gifted my sister), a new pair of black jeans (my RTW ones packed up beyond repair) etc. But I usually allow myself a few frivolities, provided I covet them long enough.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

And man, have I been thinking about this grey version of Mira for a long time. I am obsessed with grey lately, I’m sure you noticed, so I really wanted a grey version of the Navy Mira I already had. Plus, there were a few tweaks I wanted to make post the first version which would make it even better.

So in early January, I just sat down at my sewing machine and an afternoon later, I had a new dress. Nice and easy, just the way I like it!

If you want to read my original review, check out this post here. I will just speak about the fabric and the alterations I made for this version.

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Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

GREY FIBRE MOOD MIRA – THE FABRIC

This is the same poly something mix suiting that I used for the asymmetric grey skirt in this post.

I have quite a bit of grey fabric in my stash (shock-horror), but I wanted to use an obvious suiting fabric because I like pairing a ‘serious’ fabric with a playful pattern, with the gathered tiers and swingy feeling.

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Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

This fabric also has the great advantage of not wrinkling almost at all. My new job involves (or used to involved in life before the pandemic) being in Nottingham 3 days a week, and when you live out of a suitcase, that’s a massive plus.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

Also, for a poly something, it’s not too sweaty and unpleasant, so it definitely is a winner in my books.

FIBRE MOOD MIRA – ALTERATIONS FOR THE GREY VERSION

Although they are different colours, so would have been different anyway, but I had this idea in my head that I could tweak the neckline a bit. This actually came from Rosalie, another Fibre Mood favourite of mine.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

So I recopied the front piece and cut a v-shaped neckline instead of the original rounded one. Unlike Rosalie, the V stopped before the joining to the first tier of the ruffles. It’s deep enough to be interesting, but not too revealing.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

I also made a tweak to the shoulders, as you might remember that the original tended to ride backwards and make the bodice sit upwards. So I did a forward shoulder adjustment which mostly solved that issue. I moved 1.5cm from the front shoulder seam to the back shoulder seam and that helped. I think that there is still room for improvement, as the front still rides up a bit. I probably need to add a bit more to the bottom edge of the bodice to remedy this.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

I also added 2.5cm (1”) to each tier to lengthen it more than the navy version, as that was indecently short.

I used a size S of the pattern.

For the record, my measurements are:

  • Hips: 98 cm (38.5in)
  • Waist: 72 cm (28.5in)
  • Bust 88cm (34.5in)
  • Height: 1.72m/5.7in
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STYLING THE GREY FIBRE MOOD MIRA

I know that my grey obsession is borderline abhorrent to the majority of people in the sewing community that love all the colours and prints. But I find that it’s such a great canvas for the best accessories.

In these pictures, I’m wearing my terracotta polymer clay earrings that I made last year. They are big, they are bold and brighten up this outfit so well.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira
Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

And let’s not forget the bright red lipstick.

I have worn it before with red tights, a big red scarf and a red beret. Also, very fun!

BTW, if you’d like a similar pair, in a different colour or something else (check out my IG stories for more ideas), drop me an email, I’m taking custom orders to keep me busy in the lockdown. I can ship anywhere in the world.

Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

GREY MIRA – VERDICT

I really love this version as much as the navy one. Unfortunately, I only got to wear it once before the pandemic and now only the supermarket employees (thank you, thank you for keeping us going) might get to enjoy me swinging my ruffles.

The fit is still not perfect yet, but that did not stop me wearing the navy Mira before and it will absolutely not deter me with this version either.

It’s a very comfortable dress, that can be dressed up and down with ease, proving to be a versatile addition to my wardrobe.

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Grey v-neck tiered dress with 3/4 sleeve - DIY with Fibre Mood Mira

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12 Comments

  1. 14 April 2020 / 10:58 PM

    You look great, Alex!

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      14 April 2020 / 11:45 PM

      Thank you, my dear!

  2. 15 April 2020 / 12:46 AM

    Love, love, love this on you! There are a few of these patterns floating around but I like this one the best and I love it in grey!

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      15 April 2020 / 8:53 AM

      Thank you, Sue! Not sure what is it about Mira, but I just can’t stop making them…

  3. 15 April 2020 / 7:07 AM

    Awesome! I love grey too. Glad to hear you sounding better and wanting to sew. Take care.

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      15 April 2020 / 8:52 AM

      Thank you, Catherine! I made this earlier in the year, but definitely in better spirits. Sewing loads and loads of masks at the moment for my local food bank team. Stay safe!

  4. 15 April 2020 / 8:52 AM

    Fellow suiting lover here and although I perhaps wear more colour that you I adore grey and many other neutrals too. Love this Mira on you!

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      15 April 2020 / 8:54 AM

      I remember that awesome bomber jacket in grey suiting! I think that’s what got the idea in my head about suiting for non-suit projects! xxx

  5. 23 April 2020 / 4:16 PM

    I’m another one who likes neutrals, plains and minimal patterns and love this dress.

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      23 April 2020 / 4:25 PM

      Thank you so much! It’s a great pattern!

    • sewrendipityalex
      Author
      25 May 2020 / 5:47 PM

      You can download it from Fibre Mood magazine website, just google it.

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