01 Apr 2024 • • by Heather Lou

Meet the Mica Dress, Our Crew Pattern for April!

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Say hello to the Mica Dress, the fourth pattern in our "Stone Collection" for Crew 2024! A sharp, minimalist dress with a gorgeous neckline and an innovative side button closure, Mica is a fit and flare dream. You can get Mica in sizes 0-32 by joining Crew – our monthly sewing and pattern membership – starting at just $12 USD a month! Best of all this month we have a full video sewalong to take all the guesswork out of sewing it!

The Design

Inspiration comes from all places, and the genesis for Mica came from a RTW dress I tried on years ago. Most fitted dresses close with an invisible zipper, but this one closed along the side seam with buttons instead. It's a dress I thought about often over the years, and we were excited to develop this unique closure for Mica (which also incorporates inseam pockets!) for a few reasons. One, because invisible zippers can be tricky and not everyone has the right foot for their machine, and two, because we all have those jars of odd buttons in our stash and we're always looking for excuses to use them!

While we think you'll be delighted by our side seam button closure, the neckline of this dress is truly the star of the show. High cut and narrow through the upper shoulders, it almost has a racerback quality while still being wearable with traditional bras (if you're nervous about your straps showing, you can always pull them closer together with a gadget like this). The dress is fitted through the waist with darts for shaping at the waist seam (which we doubled for sizes 14-32) and then flares at the hip into an A-line shape. The skirt has a bit of swing without too much fabric, and it comes in two lengths. The midi-length is a bit more demure and feels more dressed up (perfect for all your spring and summer events) while the mini feels young and a bit flirty. One of my favourite details is the overlapping button closure at the back neck... more opportunities to raid the button stash! The bodice is fully lined using a cool "burrito" method, and deep pockets make it functional. For our striped sample we added a center front seam so we could cut it on the bias and play with chevrons, and it reminds me of this beloved dress I made over a decade ago!

I absolutely adore this silhouette. It feels so modern and clean – we kept calling it the "minimalist dress" before settling on Mica, and while it definitely has a minimalist 90s purity to me, it also has a bit of a 50s edge with that fitted bodice and flared skirt. It's the best of both worlds, and can go a million different directions depending on what fabric you choose. I also love how it works with all our Crew patterns this year - the perfect dress to wear with your Sandstone jacket!

Mica Design Story

Still have questions? Learn more about the design of Mica as I walk you through all the design features in the video below.

Suggested Fabrics for Mica

For Mica we suggest light to midweight wovens with some structure. Think: linen, poplin, broadcloth, seersucker, sateen, chambray, lawn, and shirtings. These fabrics have the body to stand up to the silhouette and cut of this dress. We experimented with drapier fabrics but highly preferred the more stable fabrics I've listed. The bodice is lined, and you can either use self-fabric for that, or something lighter like batiste, voile, or bemberg.

Don't forget - Unlimited members enjoy a standing discount at Core Fabrics! Get 15% off any order of fabric, notions, tools or kits in the shop for as long as you are an annual member. Visit the Crew Hub when you're logged in to see your exclusive Core Fabrics code.

How to Sign up for Crew

Crew is a monthly subscription service that sends you a unique pattern + curated resources to sew it each and every month, along with access to our private and supportive community. You can join monthly at just $12 USD a month (and cancel at any time) or join with our annual Unlimited plan. With Unlimited, you get 12 patterns in the coming year, PLUS our full catalogue of past patterns, and exclusive standing 15% discounts to Closet Core Patterns + Core Fabrics! You also get access to our Fitting Concierge, an Unlimited-only service with industry fitting-pro Gabby Brown to help diagnose and solve your biggest fitting issues, regardless of the pattern or company you're using! Read more about that here.

We're so excited to see what you do with #ClosetCoreMica! Join today to get sewing!

(Please note that if you are signing up after April 2024, you'll only be able to access Mica at the Unlimited level).

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