It’s been a few months since I finished this dress and it has definitely been a firm favourite in my wardrobe during the warmer months. Like many of us, I have thoroughly enjoyed indulging in the summer trends – floaty dresses, gorgeous tiered maxi skirts and ruffles, my favourite feature.
McCall’s has released some gorgeous, on trend designs lately and I fell head over heels for view A featured in the M8036. With its double ruffle hem, shoulder tucks and flattering waistband sash it is bursting with pretty details that I thought would make the perfect summer dress.
One thing to be aware of with patterns from the ‘Big Four’ is the sewing levels. The M8036 is classified as ‘easy’ but there are some tricky techniques here that I definitely had to take my time on, so maybe not an ideal pattern for absolute beginners. Joining the two ruffled hems certainly took a bit of patience but luckily the lightbulb moment occurred and, eventually, I was able to figure out the construction.
One thing I did forget to take into account was the width of the bodice after having sized up for the skirt; I had cut a size 10 for the bodice and forgot to grade it to a size 12 at the waist (the size I had cut out for the skirt!) Luckily, the wrap-around front and sash belt hides this little faux pas perfectly but it’s something to be aware of whenever you’re grading your patterns.
I really love the tucks on the front shoulders, this wasn’t a feature I had sewn before but I think these compliment the gathered sleeves really well. The sleeves also feature cuffs which gives them extra volume. You can turn up the cuffs to make them narrow, as the pattern prescribes, but I decided to leave them as they were.
Okay – the fabric. This is such a lovely, floaty crepe from Fabric Godmother and so reasonably priced. It has a little bit of stretch which makes it extra comfy to wear and it drapes really well so no sign of any creases (yay!).
I hope you enjoyed this little review of the McCall’s M8036, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading x