Sewing My Stash | McCall's 8035
This is pattern #6 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. As I continue to work through my collection of patterns, I’m discovering just how similar many of them are in style. That’s a good thing because it demonstrates just how sure I am about what I like to wear. I’m also discovering that I have several patterns that I probably won’t sew. Although I did a pattern declutter several years ago, I held onto some that I liked. But now I have zero interest in some of those same patterns. Perhaps I’ll do another decluttering soon. But McCall’s 8035 is a keeper. And I need to get to sewing because I have 16 more patterns to sew in six months.
McCall’s 8035 is a beginner friendly pattern and is available in both print and digital options. If you have basic sewing skills, you should be able to sew this dress with success. I chose it for two reasons. First, I knew that it would be great for a beginner’s sew-along. Second, I love the puff sleeves on Views B and C.
I’m a maxi girl fan, so View C is my jam. The pattern instructions are straight forward and should be easy to follow. The illustrations are clear and helpful too. I cut a size medium and didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. I’d say sizing is good but when I sew it with a knit fabric, I will probably cut a small to get a closer fit in the bodice.
The required notions to sew the dress are minimal. You only need thread and elastic. They suggest 3/4″ elastic for the waist, and 3/8″ elastic for the sleeves. I used the 3/8″ for the waist because my casing wasn’t large enough to accommodate the 3/4″ width.
Inside the Garment
The fabric recommendations on the pattern are: Interlock, Crepes, Challis and Georgette. I used a Bubble Gauze that I picked up from Joann Fabrics. It’s lightweight and I always love the texture on this fabric. When pressing the seams, I was careful to use the tip of my iron only to prevent flattening out the raised texture. For the rest of the garment I used only the steam from my iron to remove any wrinkles.
View C of this pattern is a very simple dress. When I’m wearing it around the house to lounge, I’ll just wear it as is with a pair of flip flops. But it can also be styled for different occasions. I’ll share my three styling options.
Styling Option #1
The first styling option is how I would wear the dress out to dinner, or any girl’s outing. I’ve added a wide belt because that’s my favorite thing to do with elastic waist garments. I paired it with my mustard strappy high heels that I’ve had for many years. I’m wearing drop earrings, a pendant necklace and bling bracelet.
Styling Option #2
The second styling option is how I would wear the dress to the beach as a swimwear coverup. Getting it wet wouldn’t be an issue because the fabric dries quickly. I would also wear this style to the farmers market and to run errands on a sunny day. I paired it with a floppy hat, flip flops, the same drop earrings, my tote bag from Jamaica, and a thin drop necklace. I think this would look nice with a drawstring.
Styling Option #3
The third styling option is how I would wear it to church, out to dinner, a tea party (with a hat of course), and all other kinds of events where dressy is the code for attire. This time I tied the ends of the slit into a knot. I think it brings a whole different flair to the dress. I wanted to “sassy” it up. I think I just created a new phrase. Hahaha! I’m rocking it with the same accessories as the first styling option. Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I was still able to walk. I tested it around the house. Hahaha!
How would you wear the dress?
Would you sew this pattern? If so, which view would you choose to make? Which of my styling options do you like for View C? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Check out the Pattern Review on YouTube
Yes, that’s right. I’ve created a pattern review of McCall’s 8035 and it’s available now on my YouTube channel. I wanted to get you prepared if you’re a new beginner and planning to sew this pattern. Tap the link below to watch the video. Then, grab your supplies and stay tuned for the Sew Along coming soon.
Don't Forget your Sewing Project Checklist
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials I mentioned in this post.
- McCall’s 8035 Pattern
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Pattern Review Video
- Gauze Option 1
- Gauze Option 2
- Gauze Option 3
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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